SPORTS SHORTS: Hames helps Cougars get past Comets

ACKLEY — Alex Hames scored a career-high 19 points to help the AGWSR boys’ basketball team get its first NICL West Division win of the season, beating BCLUW 66-49 on Tuesday night.

Liam Stubbe and Tanner Weichers added 11 points apiece for the Cougars (2-4, 1-3), who snapped a four-game losing skid with the league win. Hames went 10-for-10 at the free-throw line to help AGWSR prevent a BCLUW comeback.

Ethan Ubben added eight points and six rebounds, while Luke Starr led AGWSR with seven boards.

Jonny Neff scored a career-high 28 points to lead BCLUW, but it wasn’t enough for the Comets (1-6, 0-3). Treye Teske tallied eight points while Logan Mann and Troy Dolphin had five points apiece.

Trojans hold off Grundy Center boys

STATE CENTER — West Marshall’s fast start was enough to get the Trojan boys’ basketball team to victory Tuesday, outlasting Grundy Center 74-70 in NICL West Division play.

Beau Coberley had a team-high 19 points for West Marshall while Joe Halverson had a double-double of 17 points and 17 rebounds. Cameron Bannister added 11 points and Alex Dickey had nine more for the Trojans (4-2, 3-0), who led 26-12 after the first quarter but saw their lead dissipate with time.

Cale Hendricks had another big night for Grundy Center, finishing with 21 points in the loss. Travis Kuester added 11 points and Tanner Appel had 10 more for the Spartans (1-5, 1-3).

North Tama boys can’t stop Baxter

BAXTER — Will Clapper piled up 23 points to lead the Baxter boys’ basketball team past North Tama 72-54 in Iowa Star Conference South Division action here Tuesday night.

Braydon Aker added 14 points, Travis Lindemoen had 13 and Devin Carson finished with 10 for the Bolts (3-1, 3-1), who led from wire-to-wire.

Nicholas Sierra scored a team-leading 17 points for North Tama, going 10-of-12 at the free-throw line. Lance Zobel made four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points, while Hale Hulme canned three 3s and ended the night with 13 points for the Redhawks (0-6, 0-3).

Bear leads Warriors past Wolverines

MESKWAKI SETTLEMENT — The Meskwaki boys basketball team won an Iowa Star Conference South Division matchup at home against GMG on Tuesday, 66-39.

It was a close game after the first quarter, as the Warriors (4-2) only led the Wolverines (4-1) 16-15 after the first eight minutes. That wasn’t the case in the second quarter, however, as Meskwaki won the frame 25-4 to take a 22-point lead into halftime.

Taté Bear was the lead Warrior scorer with 20 points, followed by Emmett Roberts with 15 and Evan Nelson with 13.

Aaron Fleming led GMG with 17 points, followed by Brock Baldazo 10. Hunter Smoldt had six points and 11 rebounds for the Wolverines as well.

AGWSR guards hound BCLUW 69-36

ACKLEY — Aubrie Fisher and Mandy Willems combined to score 43 points as the Class 1A No. 13 AGWSR girls’ basketball team defeated BCLUW 69-36 in Tuesday’s NICL West Division contest.

Fisher finished with a season-high 23 points and Willems added a season-best 20 to lead the Cougars (6-0, 4-0) to victory.

AGWSR led 23-10 after one quarter and 47-20 at the half to ease past the Comets (3-5, 0-3).

Madison Ubben led BCLUW with 13 points to go with five rebounds, while Lauren Anderson and Kaylee Goecke chipped in six points apiece. Anderson had a team-high seven rebounds and Goecke added five boards.

Redhawk girls fall in trip to Baxter

BAXTER — North Tama sophomore Takoa Kopriva scored a career-high 21 points, but it was not enough to get the Redhawks their first win of the season as the Baxter girls’ basketball team collected the program’s first win, 45-39, in Tuesday’s Iowa Star Conference South Division game.

Kopriva made six field goals, including two 3-pointers, and went 7-for-11 at the free-throw line to lead the Redhawks (0-5, 0-3). Olivia Schrier and Madeline Espenscheid added seven points apiece.

North Tama was within four points early in the fourth quarter after trailing by as many as 16 in the first half, but could get no closer.

Sailor Hinegardner led the Baxter Bolts (1-5, 1-3) with 14 points, and Jordynn Wesselink finished with 11.

Meskwaki girls take down GMG 77-45

MESKWAKI SETTLEMENT — The Meskwaki girls basketball team won an Iowa Star Conference South Division matchup at home against GMG on Tuesday, 77-45.

It was a second-half explosion that ultimately propelled the Warriors (4-2) over the Wolverines (2-4), as Meskwaki scored 47 points in the final two frames.

Five girls scored in the double digits for the Warriors, led by freshman Jaylee Moore with 20 points. Deandra Navarro had 14, Payton Tahahwah had 13 and Tori Lasley and Abigail Iron Shell both had 11 to round out the top Meskwaki scorers.

GMG was led by McKenzie Vaske with 19 points, while Belle Duncan had 16 in the loss.