SPORTS SHORTS: Spartans close out conference title
ELDORA — The Class 2A No. 8 Grundy Center girls basketball team won the NICL West Division championship outright on Friday by defeating South Hardin, 51-32.
The Spartans (18-1, 11-1) and Tigers (4-16, 2-10) were actually in a close battle at halftime, with Grundy Center only leading 28-18 at halftime. The Spartans roared out of the break, however, outscoring South Hardin 11-2 in the third quarter.
Hailey Wallis was the only player in double figures for Grundy Center with 10 points, but eight other Spartans found the bottom of the net. Brooke Flater and Kylie Willis were next on the team with eight.
Paige Harrell was the leading scorer in the game with 13 points for the Tigers.
Snider’s career-high boosts Trojans
LE GRAND — The West Marshall girls basketball team won its final NICL West Division game of the season on Friday by taking out rival East Marshall on the road, 79-27.
The Trojans (16-4, 9-3) started the game off strong by taking a 28-7 lead over the Mustangs (7-13, 3-9) in the first quarter.
Karlyn Snider led West Marshall with a career-high 22 points, and she had six assists and four steals. Isabelle Gradwell finished just behind with 21 points, while Kayla Cripps, Jaiden Hart and Emma Meyer all had nine.
Olivia Terrones led East Marshall with eight points, followed by Tylyn Eicher had six.
Comets close conference with a win
CONRAD — The BCLUW girls basketball team finished its final NICL West Division game strong with a 10-point win over Gladbrook-Reinbeck at home, 47-37.
Lauren Anderson had a big double-double of 22 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Comets (9-11, 4-8), while Madison Ubben finished with 11 points and five boards.
Taylor Gienger also had a double-double for the Rebels (6-16, 3-9) with 14 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Belen Ellenberger with seven in G-R’s final game of the regular season.
10th-ranked Wildcats fight past GMG
GARWIN — The GMG girls basketball team lost its final home game of the season to Class 1A No. 10 Janesville on Friday, 60-48.
The Wolverines (8-11) had a 28-25 lead at halftime and still only trailed the Wildcats (19-1) by two points heading into the fourth quarter.
McKensie Vaske scored 23 points in her final home game of her career, and Kelsey Vaverka had 10 for GMG.
Briana Baker-Bruce led Janesville with 18 points, followed by Grace Hovenga with 17 and Kennedy Meister with 14.
Top-ranked Marion girls handle STC
TAMA — The South Tama County girls basketball team fell to Class 4A No. 1 Marion on Friday, 70-38, in a WaMaC Conference West Division showdown.
The Indians (19-0, 12-0) had five players in double figures, led by Mia Laube with 15 points.
Jessica Musgrave and Tylese Rosenberger each scored eight to lead the Trojans (11-9, 8-5), while Sadie Smith had seven.
Kickbush helps Rebels rip Starmont
REINBECK — Caden Kickbush returned from an ankle injury to score a game-high 25 points as Gladbrook-Reinbeck demolished Starmont 82-34 in Thursday’s non-conference contest.
Kickbush went 10-for-12 from the field, making three 3-pointers, and led the Rebels (13-5) with nine rebounds. G-R led wire-to-wire, going in front 25-4 in the first quarter and coasting to the win.
Walker Thede added 15 points and four assists, and Jackson Kiburis finished with nine points, five rebounds and four assists. Mason Skovgard finished with nine points and eight boards.
Starmont (8-12) had won six of its previous seven games before Thursday’s decisive setback.
Harrell’s career-high powers Tiger girls
GILBERTVILLE — Paige Harrell poured in a career-high 24 points to lead the South Hardin girls’ basketball team past Don Bosco, 54-35, in Thursday’s non-conference game.
Harrell hit four 3-pointers and 6-of-9 free throws on her way to a career night, adding six rebounds and five steals to the Tigers’ final tally. Danae Nelson and Sarah England added eight points apiece for South Hardin (4-15).
Mandee Miller led Don Bosco (7-12) with 16 points, going 10-for-11 at the free-throw line, but the Dons’ season-high three-game win streak came to a close.
G-R girls suffer home loss to Starmont
REINBECK — The Gladbrook-Reinbeck girls’ basketball team suffered their third-straight loss, falling victim to a comeback from Starmont, 53-49, in Thursday’s non-conference clash.
The Rebels (6-15) led 34-32 going into the final period before the visiting Stars (4-16) rallied for the win.
Taylor Gienger led Gladbrook-Reinbeck with 17 points, while Saari Kuehl had 12 points. Megan Swanson chipped in seven points and seven rebounds, and Haleigh Berendes added six points and a team-high 10 rebounds.