PREP BASKETBALL: Mustangs stroll past Spartans, 67-37
GRUNDY CENTER — Zaine Leedom scored a game-high 21 points as the East Marshall boys’ basketball team improved to 3-0 with a 67-37 victory over Grundy Center in the Mustangs’ NICL West Division opener here Tuesday night.
Zane Johnson added 15 points and Tyler DeBondt had another 12 points for the Mustangs (3-0, 1-0), who got out to a 35-18 halftime lead on the Spartans (0-4, 0-2).
Sage Klar led Grundy Center with 13 points, making a pair of 3-pointers, and Josh Kuiper added 10 points in the loss.
GMG 76, Collins-Maxwell 46
GARWIN — Kolton Gill poured in 30 points and the GMG boys’ basketball team used a strong second-half effort to pull away from Collins-Maxwell for a 76-46 victory in Tuesday’s Iowa Star Conference South Division contest.
Brayden Peterson put up another 23 points to go with a team-leading seven rebounds, while Aaron Fleming finished with 14 points for the Wolverines (4-0, 3-0), who have scored at least 74 points in three of four games this season.
Brett Livesay paced Collins-Maxwell (0-4, 0-3) with 21 points and Carter Fricke finished with 11.
West Marshall 77, South Hardin 62
ELDORA — Peyton Pope made five of West Marshall’s 13 3-pointers as the Trojans took a 77-62 victory from South Hardin in Tuesday’s NICL West Division clash.
Michael Doe contributed 15 points, Beau Coberley had 11 points and seven assists, and Alex Dickey added 10 points for West Marshall (2-1, 2-0). Cameron Bannister added eight assists for the Trojans, who led 45-40 at the half before outscoring the host Tigers 19-9 in the third quarter.
Kevin Rewoldt racked up a game-high 31 points for South Hardin (2-1, 1-1), which suffered its first loss. Kaleb Roling added 13 points and Cauy Teske finished with nine.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck 59, AGWSR 34
ACKLEY — Caden Kickbush dropped a career-high 26 points on AGWSR as the Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys’ basketball team improved to 2-0 overall and in NICL West Division play with Tuesday’s 59-34 win.
Kickbush made four 3-pointers and led the Rebels with eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Gladbrook-Reinbeck bolstered its three-point lead at the first quarter break by outscoring AGWSR 12-0 in the second period.
Mason Skovgard added 13 points and eight rebounds, while Jackson Kiburis finished with nine points for the Rebels.
Ethan Ubben paced AGWSR (1-2, 0-2) with 10 points to go with four boards. Alex Hames had eight points and a team-leading six rebounds.
Colo-NESCO 69, CAL 36
COLO — Matthew Hill and Philip Bower both posted double-doubles in leading the Colo-NESCO boys’ basketball team to a 69-36 victory over CAL in Tuesday’s Iowa Star Conference South Division game.
Hill had 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Bower had 15 points and 10 assists for the Royals (3-0, 3-0), who led 34-9 at halftime. Jacob Clatt contributed 10 points while Kelly Gray, Brighton Clatt and Sean Cutler each came away with six points in the win.
Israel Rivera led CAL with 19 points.
West Marshall 56, South Hardin 19
ELDORA — The Class 3A No. 8 West Marshall girls basketball team got back to its winning ways on Tuesday night, taking down South Hardin on the road 56-19 in an North Iowa Cedar League West Division matchup.
The Trojans (3-2) started off the first quarter hot, jumping out to a 20-2 led over the Tigers (1-3) in the first frame.
Isabelle Gradwell led West Marshall with 17 points in the win, followed by Kayla Cripps with nine, Renae Schaper with eight and Karlyn Snyder with seven.
Paige Harrell was the leading scorer for South Hardin with six points and the only Tiger to make more than one basket.
Collins-Maxwell 51, GMG 32
GARWIN — The GMG girls basketball team dropped a home match to Iowa Star Conference South Division opponent Collins-Maxwell on Tuesday, 51-32.
McKensie Vaske led the Wolverines (2-3) in scoring with 13 points, and she tied for the game-lead with Spartans junior Gracie Cheville. Kelsey Vaverka dropped in nine as well for GMG in the loss.
Grundy Center 50, East Marshall 31
GRUNDY CENTER — The Class 2A No. 9 Grundy Center girls basketball team continued its undefeated start to the season by taking down East Marshall on Tuesday, 50-31.
Hailey Wallis dropped in 19 points in her return to the Spartans (4-0) after missing the past two games due to a leg injury, while Brooke Flater and Sarah Lindeman each added nine.
Melinda Puumala was the Mustangs’ (1-3) leading scorer with eight points, followed by Abigail Beal with 5.
Colo-NESCO 78, CAL 7
COLO — The Colo-NESCO girls basketball team scored a season high on Tuesday in their 78-7 win over CAL.
Faith Vincent had 17 points to lead the Royals (3-1), while Molly Barten scored 16 and Emma Stalzer netted 10. Every Colo-NESCO athlete found the bottom of the net at least once in the win, as the Royals led the Cadets 47-0 at halftime.