SPORTS SHORTS: Vaske leads Wolverines past G-R girls
REINBECK — GMG senior McKensie Vaske scored a career-high 35 points and junior Zoe Duncan notched a career-best 20 as the Wolverines defeated Gladbrook-Reinbeck 86-67 in Monday’s non-conference girls’ basketball game.
Kelsey Vaverka added 13 points and Tory Novotny added nine as GMG (7-7) held off the host Rebels. Gladbrook-Reinbeck trailed 44-27 at the half before climbing back to within seven points during the third quarter.
Taylor Gienger scored 22 points to lead the Rebels (4-9), who lost their sixth-straight. Megan Swanson added 18 points and Rachel Cooley chipped in a season-high eight points for G-R.
Pope leads Trojans’ 3-point barrage
PELLA — West Marshall sophomore Peyton Pope poured in a career-high 33 points to lead the Trojan boys’ basketball team to an 83-50 triumph at Pella Christian on Monday night.
West Marshall shot 16-for-29 from 3-point range as a team, led by Pope’s 7-for-10 performance. Joe Halverson had a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds, going 3-for-5 from 3-point land, and Alex Dickey added 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting from distance.
Beau Coberley chipped in eight points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals, and Michael Doe added six points for the Trojans (10-4) in their fourth consecutive victory.
Jayden Huisman had 14 points and Alex Huisman added 11 for Pella Christian (4-9), which lost its third-straight.
No. 2 Cedar Falls girls dispatch Bobcats
CEDAR FALLS — The Marshalltown girls basketball team lost a road test to Class 5A No. 2 Cedar Falls on Saturday, 72-13.
Madi Finch was the only girl to score more than one basket for the Bobcats (1-13), as she scored two buckets and finished with five points.
The Tigers (13-1) had four girls in double figures on the night, led by Kamryn Finley with 18 points. Kiana Barney was next with 14, followed by Anaya Barney with 12 and Cynthia Wolf with 10.
Marshalltown returns to the court tonight when it finishes its six-game road stretch with a tilt against Ames, starting at 6:15.
MCC men fall to Iowa Western, 87-74
COUNCIL BLUFFS — The Marshalltown Community College men’s basketball team lost its ICCAC Division I opener to second-ranked Iowa Western on the road on Saturday, 87-74.
The Reivers (17-2, 1-0) came into the game averaging 96 points per contest, and while they didn’t reach that mark on Saturday against the Tigers (12-6, 0-1), Iowa Western did hit 50.8 percent of its shot in the victory.
Kelton Edwards led MCC with 23 points off the bench, while Oscar Kao went 6-for-10 from the 3-point line while finishing with 22 points. Tigers’ leading scorer Mohamed Thiam was held to just 11 points, mainly due to early foul trouble.
Isaiah Wade and Patrick Dembley led the Reivers with 23 and 20 points respectively, while Decardo Day and Jevon Smith had 11 apiece.
MCC returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Southeastern Community College for its second divisional game of the year.
Tiger women downed by Reivers 69-49
COUNCIL BLUFFS — The Marshalltown Community College women were felled by ICCAC Division I rival Iowa Western on Saturday night, 69-49.
The Tigers (6-12, 0-1) were led by Alyssa Roth with 17 points on the night, while leading scorer Loralei Siliga missed the game with a concussion suffered against Ellsworth earlier in the week. Claudia Morente also had a good night scoring for MCC, finishing with 16 points.
The Reivers (15-4, 1-0) had Naomie Alnatas score 19 points in just 17 minutes of play to lead the way, while Azaria Floyd finished the night with 15 points.
The Tigers retun home on Wednesday to host Little Priest Tribal College on the MCC campus, starting at 5 p.m.
Wigginton named Big 12 Newcomer
AMES — Iowa State freshman guard Lindell Wigginton has been named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week after averaging 28.5 points as the Cyclones split a pair of conference games last week. It is his second honor this season.
Wigginton opened the week with 27 points as ISU lost at Kansas. He followed that by scoring a career-high 30 points in a win over Baylor.
For the season, Wigginton is averaging 16.5 points.
Panthers’ Pickford is MVC Newcomer
For the second time this season, Northern Iowa freshman guard Tywhon Pickford has been tabbed as the Missouri Valley Conference’s Men’s Basketball Newcomer of the Week.
Pickford averaged 20.5 points, 8 rebounds and shot 54.5 percent from the field in a pair of Missouri Valley Conference games last week, highlighted by a career-high 23 points to go with nine rebounds in a win over Valparaiso.
Pickford is averaging 15.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in league play.
MVC picks Rhine for top weekly award
ST. LOUIS — Drake redshirt sophomore Sara Rhine has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the second time this season.
Rhine helped Drake earn home wins over Indiana State and Evansville, averaging 23 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and one steal while shooting 56.2 percent from the floor last week.
This season, Rhine ranks second in the MVC scoring 16.1 points per game to go along with 6.8 rebounds per game. This is Rhine’s second weekly MVC honor this year.
Cyclones’ Wise wins Big 12 newcomer
IRVING, Texas — Iowa State freshman guard Madison Wise earned her second Big 12 Women’s Basketball Newcomer of the Week award, the league announced Monday.
Wise averaged 11 points, 6.5 rebounds and two assists as Iowa State split a pair of league games last week.
Wise led all scorers in Saturday’s win at Texas Tech, tallying 17 points against the Lady Raiders. She is one of just two Big 12 freshmen to win multiple weekly awards this season.