SPORTS SHORTS: Trojans net 9 triples vs. South Hardin
STATE CENTER — The West Marshall boys basketball team earned a series sweep over NICL West Division foe South Hardin on Friday with a 74-47 win.
The Trojans (8-4, 6-2) started the first quarter up 26-9 and never looked back, handing the Tigers (8-5, 5-3) their worst loss of the season.
Joe Halverson finished with a season-high 18 points for West Marshall, connecting on 4-of-6 shots from behind the 3-point line. As a team the Trojans shot 9-for-19 from deep. Peyton Pope had 14 points and Cameron Bannister had 11 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
Cade Spieker led South Hardin with 13 points and Christian Penning followed with 10.
West Marshall girls wallop Tigers
STATE CENTER — The West Marshall girls basketball team ran its winning streak to six-straight on Friday with a 59-16 drubbing of NICL West Division foe South Hardin.
After the first quarter the Trojans (8-4, 7-1) held a 22-7 lead on the Tigers (0-13, 0-8) and by halftime it was 42-10.
Kayla Cripps had 21 points and 11 rebounds to pace West Marshall. Karlyn Snider had 17 points, four assists and three steals, and Avril Sinning added 10 points.
Kiera Anderson led South Hardin with seven points.
GMG girls fall to 8th-ranked Janesville
GARWIN — The GMG girls basketball team lost a cross-Iowa Star Conference game to Class 1A No. 8 Janesville on Friday, 82-38.
Emily Vaughn finished with 13 points and was the only player to reach double figures for the Wolverines (7-5), as Zoe Duncan followed with nine points.
Alisa Bengen led the way for the Wildcats (11-2) with 22 points, followed by Kennedy Rieken with 15 and Briana Baker-Bruce with 13.
Wildcats outscore Wolverines, 80-68
GARWIN — The GMG boys basketball team lost a cross-Iowa Star game to Janesville on Friday, 80-68.
Avery Bryant had 15 points to lead the Wolverines (5-6), while Aaron Fleming and Brayden Peterson both netted 11.
The Wildcats (11-2) were led by Codey Hicks with 31 points and Spencer Hoff had 22.
Top-ranked Spartans oust Mustangs
GRUNDY CENTER — The East Marshall girls basketball team fell to Class 2A No. 1 Grundy Center on the road on Friday night, 67-26, in NICL West Division play.
With the victory, Spartans head coach Matt Lindeman earned his 100th career win.
Madison Farrington led East Marshall (6-8, 2-5) with eight points and five rebounds, while Olivia Terrones followed with six points and four boards.
Kylie Willis tied a career-high with 16 points for the Spartans (11-0, 8-0), and Hailey Wallis followed with 11.
Ranked Royals roll past Redhawks
TRAER — The North Tama girls basketball fell to Class 1A No. 11 Colo-NESCO on Friday in Iowa Star Conference South Division play, 49-25.
Katie Kopriva had a team-high six points for the Redhawks (2-12, 0-9) while Carlie Gorder and Madeline Espenscheid each had four.
Rylee Purvis and Emma Stalzer each 10 points to lead the Royals (10-1, 7-0).
Riffey, Rebels shoot down Starmont
ARLINGTON — Gladbrook-Reinbeck sophomore Dylan Riffey came off the bench to score a career-high 26 points to lead the Rebel boys basketball team past Starmont 84-49 in Thursday’s non-conference contest.
The Rebels (7-3) matched their season-best three-game win streak by scoring 26 points in each of the first three quarters against Starmont (0-12).
Riffey and Tyler Tscherter, who finished with 24 points, both shot 8-for-12 from 3-point range to power G-R’s season-high scoring output. Eli Thede added 12 points, Tscherter tallied 11 assists, while Jackson Kiburis had 10 points, nine rebounds, seven steals and six assists.
Gienger helps G-R girls snap skid
ARLINGTON — Taylor Gienger led Gladbrook-Reinbeck with 17 points, six rebounds, five steals and four assists as the Rebels handed Starmont its seventh-consecutive loss, 48-37, in Thursday’s non-conference girls basketball game.
Saari Kuehl added 11 points and Rachel Cooley finished with 10 more for the Rebels, who snapped a six-game skid of their own. Starmont (1-12) led 20-14 at the half before getting outscored 34-17 by Gladbrook-Reinbeck (4-9).