IOWA FALLS — The Class 3A No. 4 West Marshall girls basketball team outscored Iowa Falls-Alden 35-12 in the second half and rallied for a 55-42 win on Friday night.
The Trojans (2-0) trailed 30-20 at halftime, but made up the double-digit deficit by beating the Cadets 12-2 in the third quarter. Once up front, West Marshall shot 12-of-12 from the free throw line in the fourth period.
Bella Borgos scored a game-high 24 points to lead West Marshall. Katy Reyerson finished with 13 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and two steals. Keatan Pfantz scored 10 points and four assists, Lauren Solberg had six points and four boards, and Lily Zahnd scored two points and five rebounds.
Bryant & Stratton escapes MCC with narrow victory
Karter Thomas whipped a 3-pointer from the top of the key as time ticked down to lift the Bryant & Stratton men’s basketball team past Marshalltown CC for a 68-67 victory in last Saturday’s finals of the Emerson Classic.
The visiting Bobcats (6-1) led the entire game, but MCC (3-4) fought back in the second half to make it a game. The Tigers took the lead on Camden Blount’s layup 1:45 into the game, 64–63, but missed their chances to extend the advantage from the free throw line.
Gedeon Shango went 1-for-2 with 1:07 for a two-point lead and MCC’s defense forced a turnover on the ensuing possession. Zidane Moore missed two free throws with 27.9 seconds left, and Thomas scored a short jumper to make it 65 with 13 seconds left.
Trey Sinegal’s driving basket regained the lead for MCC with 9.7 seconds of result, but Thomas answered with the game-winning triple with 3.2 seconds remaining. Moore’s last-second layup attempt came after the final buzzer, leaving the Tigers one point short.
Thomas scored a game-high 24 points, making six 3-pointers, to lead Bryant & Stratton. Malik Abdul-Wahid added 10 points from the bench for the Bobcats, who entered the NJCAA Division II rankings at No. 17 on Monday.
Sinegal and Zion Obanla led Marshalltown with 17 points each, and Obanla had a game-high 11 rebounds off the bench before going out. Shango scored 13 points.
The Tigers finished 14-of-25 from the free throw line (56 percent) and just 5-of-19 (26.3 percent) from 3-point range.
The MCC women fell in their Emerson Classic final, losing 93-74 to Lewis & Clark CC on Saturday afternoon.
Three Redhawk girls medal at BGM tournament
BROOKLYN – The North Tama girls’ wrestling team finished 10th out of 19 teams at the BGM tournament on Saturday.
The Redhawks scored 49 points with just three wrestlers, placing each in the top five of their respective brackets.
Jadyn Rausch took third place at 125 pounds and went 2-1 with a pin from North Mahaska’s Hannah Wernli in the third place match.
Addison Hochstetler was third on 140 and also went 2-1. She took down Grace Conway from Mid-Prairie for third.
Briar Blake was fifth on 170 for the Redhawks and went 4-1 with four pins, including a 12-second fall from North Mahaska’s Vanessa Murphy in the game for fifth.
Trojans lead local girls’ teams in the ‘Kickoff’ event
NEVADA — The West Marshall girls’ wrestling team was the top local finisher at the Central Iowa Kickoff Tournament last Saturday, placing seventh out of 28 teams with 106 points.
South Hardin-BCLUW placed 10th with 75 points, South Tama placed 11th with 70 points and Marshalltown placed 13th with 53 points.
West Marshall had nine place winners, highlighted by fourth for Carli Pfantz with 125 and Elizabeth Kalinay with 235. Pfantz went 3-2 with three pins, while Kalinay was 2-2 with two pins. Also placing ahead of the Trojans were Brooklyn Rudkin (5th, 110), Cieanna Ficken (5th, 145), Emma Nason (6th, 120), Sabrina Johnston (7th, 100), Lillian Fischer (7th, 140) and Elyn Bartine (8th , 155).
Lelia Wedgwood led SH-BCLUW with a second on 120 to go 3-1 with a loss to Raccoon River-Northwest’s Calista Rodish in the title fight. Kynnedy Gunderson was fifth at 170 and Raegan Crawford finished sixth at 135.
South Tama’s Maeley Elsbury won the 140 series with five wins per pin and dominated her series. She closed out the title by pinning Bella Mulder of Dallas Center-Grimes in 1 minute 15 seconds. Autumn Elsbury went 4-1 on 170 to take third, and Jamy Dolash was 3-1 on 235 to take fifth.