WEST DES MOINES - Marshalltown met fire with fire, and nearly doused No. 7 West Des Moines Valley.
The Bobcat boys' basketball team survived Valley's full-court press for all but a couple short stretches that proved to be the difference in the host Tigers' 77-64 win on Tuesday night.
Valley (3-0) led its former CIML Iowa Conference foe 38-35 at the half and used a 6-0 start to the second half to gain the upper hand it needed. Marshalltown (0-3) closed back to within nine during the fourth quarter but could get no closer.
Mason McCarville shot 5-of-10 from 3-point range while Aaron Hauser was 3-for-7 from distance, and both Bobcat guards finished with a team-leading 19 points.
MHS shot 12-for-30 from 3-point land on its way to a season-high scoring output and the most points Valley has allowed in three games this season.
"They were giving us the three, I mean we shot 45 free throws in our first two games, so they were going to keep us out (of the lane)," said MHS coach Scott Smith. "We got really good balance tonight."
The Bobcats take on Fort Dodge in their Central Iowa Conference Northern Division opener on Friday night at Fort Dodge.
"That's one of the tougher places to play so we're going to have to be ready for that," Smith added.
GMG 49, Waterloo Christian 34
GARWIN - Breaking away with a 14-5 advantage in the third quarter, the GMG boys basketball team claimed its first win of the season in Iowa Star Conference play here Tuesday.
Luke Petty led the Wolverines (1-4, 1-2) with 12 points and seven rebounds as GMG stretched a 17-12 halftime cushion to 31-17 entering the fourth. Austin Vaughn added 11 points and Bryce Newcomb had seven as GMG held the Regents (0-3, 0-3) to six points or less through each of the first three quarters.
Bridger Claassen led the defense with six blocks and also had five rebounds, while Brock Fisher tallied five points and six boards.
Alan Mazzarella poured in 11 points for the Regents.
Colo-NESCO 51, Don Bosco 25
GILBERTVILLE - Caitlyn Riese came up one point shy of her career high in leading the Class 1A No. 3 Colo-NESCO girls' basketball team with 19 points in a 51-25 Iowa Star Conference victory over Don Bosco on Tuesday night.
The Royals (5-0, 3-0) jumped out to a 22-7 lead after the opening quarter and held a 35-14 advantage at the half.
Shayla Dean had 13 points, six assists and a career-high 13 steals for C-N. Madison Farren chipped in six points and seven rebounds, Makaelyn Neuendorf had six rebounds, while Riese added six steals and three boards.
Tori Evans led Don Bosco (1-3, 1-2) with six points and Hanna Halverson had five.
Colo-NESCO is home for just the second time this season when it hosts GMG on Friday night in Iowa Star action.
AGWSR 49, East Marshall 40
ACKLEY - The AGWSR girls matched their season-high scoring output, breaking open a two-point game in the fourth quarter for a 49-40 win over East Marshall on Tuesday night in NICL West Division play.
Madi Fryslie and Kim Ellingson both scored 13 points to lead AGWSR (2-3, 1-1). Abbie Young matched her season high with eight points and Morgan Kappel chipped in seven for the Cougars, who have now won two in a row.
East Marshall (1-3, 1-1), which was within 33-31 entering the fourth, got outscored 16-9 in the final frame. Meriel Leavy logged her first double-double of the season - and third of her career - with team-highs of 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Taylor Fricke added 12 points, five rebounds and four steals, Mariah Fritz had four points, while Ashley Allen contributed seven rebounds, six assists and three points.
East Marshall hosts South Hardin on Friday night while AGWSR entertains West Marshall.
Waterloo Christian 60, GMG 50
GARWIN - Anna Doering scored a season-high 30 points to help Waterloo Chrisian overcome GMG's halftime lead for a 60-50 Iowa Star Conference win.
Doering accounted for half of her team's points, while Whitney Smith and April Hall added 13 apiece. The Regents (1-2, 1-2) got their first win of the season thanks to an 18-7 scoring advantage in the third quarter.
Olivia Barritt scored a season-high 19 points to lead GMG (0-5, 0-2). Mikaella Koster added a season-best 12 points and Caitlin Appelgate had 11 points for the Wolverines, who face Class 1A No. 3 Colo-NESCO on the road Friday.