SPORTS SHORTS: Ubben’s big game leads Comets at G-R

REINBECK — Samantha Ubben scored a game-high 24 points to lead the BCLUW girls’ basketball team to its first NICL West Division win — a 50-28 victory at Gladbrook-Reinbeck on Friday night.

Lauren Anderson added seven points and 10 rebounds, and Kaylee Goecke also scored seven points for the Comets (3-6, 1-3). Skylar Veldhouse added four points and four steals, and Leah Yantis tallied four points as well.

Taylor Gienger led the Rebels (0-10, 0-6) with 16 points. Megan Swanson contributed four points.

GMG girls get past Meskwaki 48-44

MESKWAKI SETTLEMENT — Behind 15 points from McKensie Vaske and 11 from Blaire Sonderleiter, the GMG girls’ basketball squeaked by Meskwaki 48-44 Friday night in Iowa Star South action.

Josie Claassen and Kelsey Vaverka added eight apiece for GMG (6-5, 6-2). Meskwaki (5-6, 5-5) was led by Grace Tahahwah with 16 points.

Jesup pulls away from East Marshall

JESUP — The East Marshall girls’ basketball team had trouble keeping pace with Jesup, falling 55-45 in cross-NICL play to the J-Hawks on Friday night.

Bobbi Amendt led the visiting Mustangs with 16 points. Tylyn Eicher added nine points and Emily Terrones tallied seven for East Marshall (3-7).

Annika Wall had 14 points and Emily Treptow totaled 13 for Jesup (9-2).

Grundy Center girls handle Tigers

GRUNDY CENTER — Holding the Tigers to single digits in each of the first three quarters, the Grundy Center girls’ basketball team cruised past South Hardin, 56-24, Friday night in NICL West action.

The Spartans (8-2, 3-2 NICL West) led 34-8 at halftime, and 48-13 after three. Hailey Wallis led GC with 16 points and four steals. Reegan Zinkula added 15, and Brooke Flater scored 12 while pulling down six rebounds. Kylie Willis had five assists and four steals.

Nina Priske led South Hardin (5-5, 3-2) with 12 points.

Smoldt, Rebels dash past BCLUW

REINBECK — Joe Smoldt’s double-double of 27 points and 10 assists helped Class 1A No. 1 Gladbrook-Reinbeck roll past BCLUW, 92-37, in Friday’s NICL West Division contest.

Tyler Pierce contributed 17 points and seven rebounds, and Caden Kickbush added 13 points for the Rebels (7-0, 5-0). Walker Thede added nine points in the win.

No statistics were available for BCLUW (1-7, 0-4).

Spartans score first win against Tigers

GRUNDY CENTER — Getting 13 points from Braidan Buhrow, the Grundy Center boys’ basketball team collected its first victory of the season here Friday night, topping South Hardin 56-44 in NICL West action.

A total of four Spartans (1-7, 1-4 NICL West) scored in double figures in the win. Mitch Munson had 12, Chase Boren added 11 and Bryce Flater scored 10.

South Hardin (2-8, 1-4) was led by Cade Spieker with 12 points, and Aaron Nederhoff chipped in seven.

Tiarks powers Royals past Dunkerton

DUNKERTON — Garret Tiarks had a sound double-double with 25 points and 15 rebounds, while adding seven assists in the Colo-NESCO boys’ 61-48 win against Dunkerton on Friday night.

Matthew Hill had 13 points and Jacob Clatt added 10 more. Dunkerton was led by Kaleb Cox’s 15 points.

J-Hawks hold off Mustang boys 56-47

JESUP — Getting 14 points apiece from Zane Johnson and Logan Nicholson wasn’t enough as the East Marshall boys’ basketball team fell 56-47 to Jesup in a cross-NICL matchup on Friday.

Dru Boliver added 13 for the Mustangs (5-3) in the loss, and Tyler DeBondt added eight.

Ethan Wyant led Jesup (8-1) with 23 points.

Meskwaki boys edge GMG in Iowa Star

MESKWAKI SETTLEMENT — The Meskwaki Warriors (4-6, 4-5) pulled away for a 63-52 win against GMG in Friday’s Iowa Star Conference South Division clash.

GMG (5-4, 4-4) was led by Austin Cox with 12 points. Hunter Smoldt added eight points, while Brock Baldazo and Aaron Fleming had seven points apiece. Fleming led the Wolverines with eight rebounds.

Bobcat sophomores fall at Fort Dodge

FORT DODGE — The Marshalltown sophomore boys’ basketball suffered a narrow defeat in CIML Iowa Conference play Friday night, falling 53-49 to host Fort Dodge.

Jonah Daniel led the Bobcats with 12 points, Wade Canaday had 10 points and Jaiden Van Law added nine points. Bennett O’Hare chipped in seven points for MHS, which hosts Des Moines East on Tuesday.

Redhawks drop fourth in a row

BELLE PLAINE — Kenzie Mantz had game-highs of 14 points and 10 rebounds in leading the Belle Plaine girls’ basketball team to a 39-17 victory against North Tama in Thursday’s non-conference game.

The Plainsmen (8-2) jumped out to an 11-0 lead after the opening quarter and held a 29-9 advantage at the half.

Karly Jans and Olivia Schrier combined for all but two of North Tama’s points. Jans had eight points and nine rebounds, while Schrier finished with seven points and six boards. Hope Brubaker chipped in the other bucket for the Redhawks (3-8), who lost their fourth straight.

Vikings get first win at G-R’s expense

REINBECK — The Vinton-Shellsburg girls’ basketball team secured its first win of the season, surviving overtime to beat Gladbrook-Reinbeck 51-46 on Thursday night.

The Vikings (1-9) outscored G-R 10-5 in the overtime period to pick up the victory.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck sophomore Taylor Gienger scored a career-high 23 points to go with 10 rebounds before fouling out, and junior Megan Swanson added a career-best 14 points to go with 11 boards. Morgan Kelley pitched in with six points for the Rebels (0-9).

North Tama boys lose sixth straight

BELLE PLAINE — The North Tama boys’ basketball team suffered its sixth-straight defeat, falling 69-41 to Belle Plaine in Thursday’s non-conference contest.

Jacob Gorder led the Redhawks (3-7) with 11 points. Will Earley and Jake Hlas had seven points apiece, Cory Kennedy added six points off the bench, and Joe Earley led the team with 12 rebounds.

Belle Plaine (6-4) snapped a three-game losing skid with the victory.

Comets dropped by BGM boys, 44-32

CONRAD — The BCLUW boys’ basketball team dropped its third in a row, falling 44-32 at home against non-conference foe BGM (4-6) on Thursday night.

Bradley Bell led the Comets with nine points. Troy Dolphin finished with six points and six rebounds, and Jack Garber added six points off the bench for the Comets (1-6).