Bobcats falter in fourth quarter

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Possession after possession, Mason City’s guards found their way into the paint, making shots and forcing Marshalltown’s defense into rotation. The result was a lot of offensive rebounds and points in the paint for the visitors and a 70-57 win for the Bobcats Friday night, dropping MHS to ...

Bobcats girls’ first-quarter woes continue

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Starting games has been a bugaboo consistently for the Marshalltown girls’ basketball team. Friday night’s 62-21 loss to No. 12 Mason City continued the worrying trend for the Bobcats. Mason City took an 18-0 lead in the first quarter before Marshalltown scored its first points of the ...

Big Ten championship: Michigan chases playoff bid against Iowa

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INDIANAPOLIS — Iowa opened this season as the trendy pick to finish second in the Big Ten West. Michigan was unranked in the preseason poll and wasn’t even supposed to contend for the East Division title. So much for predictions. Two of the conference’s traditional powers will play ...

No. 2 Purdue withstands Iowa’s rally

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Jaden Ivey scored 19 points, Trevion Williams had 13 points and 18 rebounds, and No. 2 Purdue held off a late Iowa rally to win 77-70 on Friday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams. Mason Gillis added 12 points off the bench for the Boilermakers (8-0). The ...

Bulldogs top Longwood in shootout

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DES MOINES — Five players scored in double figures for the Drake women’s basketball team, which outscored Longwood 104-82 in Friday’s game inside the Knapp Center. The Bulldogs (5-2) reached their season-high scoring output behind season-high scoring outputs from Maggie Bair (22 points) ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Warriors nearly double up on Wolverines

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GARWIN — The Meskwaki girls’ basketball team remained unbeaten by handing GMG its first loss, beating the host Wolverines 63-32 in Friday’s Iowa Star Conference South Division clash. The Bear cousins — Geanna, Wakinyala and Sia — combined to score 52 of the Warriors’ 63 points. ...