Boys basketball roundup: Harmening, JCC rip Eagles
JACKSON — Jackson County Central senior Jon Harmening broke a school record, scoring his 1,161st career point, as the Huskies defeated Windom Area 72-58 in a high school boys basketball game Friday night.
Harmening scored 26 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in the win. Zach Schwarting added 17 points for the Huskies, Darnell Taylor-Breck chipped in 15 and Brady Place put up 12.
For the Eagles, Kyle Antes led the way with 18 points while Bryce Bever (11), Sam Huska (10) and Jacob Gotto (10) came closely in tow.
Windom Area hit eight three-pointers in the first half but, as the second half rolled around, the Huskies kept better control and held the Eagles silent from the perimeter. Windom Area surrendered a two-point halftime lead in the second half.
JCC improved to 4-4 overall and 2-2 in the Southwest Conference while Windom Area fell to 2-6 overall and 0-5 in SWC contention.
“Our boys played great tonight,” JCC boys basketball coach Trent Sukalski said. “We defended well but, most of all, I was just pleased with how well we played together.”
Windom Area 38 58
JCC 35 72
Mountain Lake Area 63, Southwest Christian 52 MOUNTAIN LAKE —A big crowd was on hand to watch two of the area’s top boys basketball teams, Southwest Christian and Mountain Lake Area, do battle in a highly-anticipated pre-Christmas showdown. Both teams seemed nervous early, and there were several turnovers on the opening possessions. Southwest Christian assumed a 7-0 lead. But it wouldn’t hold.
Mountain Lake Area, led by one of the area’s most celebrated big men, senior center Carter Kirk, prevailed in the end.
Kirk scored 20 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and dished out six assists as another of the area’s finer posts, Southwest Christian senior center Leighton Sampson, contributed 18 points and 14 rebounds of his own.
“We had a slow start — a lot of nerves,” said Wolverines head coach Shawn Naas, who pointed out that it had been almost 10 years since his team defeated the Eagles. “In a lot of ways, we kind of wore them down at the end, which is what they’ve been able to do to us over the years.”
Andrew Hempeck scored 14 points with six rebounds and five assists to help the MLA cause, and he also did an excellent job on one of Southwest Christian’s most dangerous shooters, Nate Pfeifle. Cody Klassen, with 12 points, was the third Wolverine in double figures.
Pfeifle scored 11 points in the contest.
Southwest Christian, the defending state Class A champion, falls to 5-1 with the loss.
Mountain Lake Area (7-0) converted 23 of 44 field goals overall, including one of three from three-point range. Southwest made 22 of 61, including just four of 24 of their three-pointers. The Wolverines made 16 of 21 free throws compared to Southwest’s four of seven.
SWC 32 52
MLA 36 63
Pipestone Area 66, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 65 TRACY — Fresh off of Thursday’s impressive 81-76 victory over Southwest Conference opponent Worthington,
Pipestone Area edged non-conference rival Tracy-Milroy-Balaton by a point.
Boyer Bouman scored 22 points to lead the Arrows while teammates Collin Moeller and Brayden Baartman chipped in with 16 and 12 points, respectively. Moeller had 11 rebounds.
Josh Kirk scored 17 points for T-M-B. Brett Swenhaugen added 16 and Spencer Smith 10. Swenhaugen had eight rebounds and Smith three assists.
PA 35 66
T-M-B 33 65
Hills-Beaver Creek 60, Luverne 48 HILLS —Host Hills-Beaver Creek evened its record at 4-4 by pulling away from Luverne late in the second half. The Patriots led 31-28 at halftime and gave up the lead after intermission only to get it back to stay.
Dylan Gehrke scored 17 points while gaining 10 rebounds and five assists for the winners. Teammate Braden Ellingson scored 16 points. Carey Taubert scored 13 points with 10 rebounds and four assists.
Nolan Sawtelle and Zane Hiller both scored 10 points for Luverne. Hiller and Quinton Siebenahler both had 10 rebounds.
Luverne 28 48
H-BC 31 60
Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 70, Adrian 55 ADRIAN —In the championship game of a pre-Christmas tournament in Adrian, Brett Peterson scored 35 points with 16 rebounds and seven assists to help Russell-Tyler-Ruthton past Adrian. Brett Knudsen had 13 points and three steals.
For Adrian, Nick Reyne had 23 points and Brady Lonneman 11 points with nine rebounds. Ben Henning contributed eight assists.
Adrian, 4-6 overall and 2-4 in Red Rock Conference play, committed 17 turnovers to R-T-R’s eight.
R-T-R 34 70
Adrian 31 55
Edgerton 61, Fulda 56 EDGERTON —Edgerton emerged victorious in a game that was tight throughout, pickinh up their first win of the season. Nate Paulson did it all for the Flying Dutchmen. Paulson scored 14 points, pulled down seven rebounds, spread three assists, and nabbed two steals. Riley Van Klei had 11 points and nine rebounds for Edgerton (1-5).
Fulda was boosted by Josh Ramerth’s 26 points and Bennet Appel’s 15 points. Both teams had a medicore night from the free throw line, with Edgerton shooting 51 percent and Fulda shooting 57 percent.
Fulda 22 56
Edgerton 25 61
Central Lyon 69, Sibley-Ocheyedan 44 ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — Central Lyon pressured Sibley-Ocheyedan out of its rhthym early on, en route to a big lead after the first quarter and a 69-44 win.
The Lions led 23-6 after the first frame and were paced by five players scoring double-figures including Nick Lutmer (14 points, 15 rebounds), Kalen Eckenrod (12 points), Grant Metzger (12), CJ Roths (10) and Drew Roskam (10).
Sibley-Ocheyedan was led by Carson Marco’s 16 points, Devin Vander Veen’s dozen points and Ty Hanna’s 10.
Central Lyon improved to 4-3 with the win while the Generals fell to 0-6.
Sibley-O 6 15 31 44
CLyon 23 37 54 69
Harris-Lake Park 53, North Union 34 LAKE PARK, Iowa — In a sluggish game held on their home court, the Harris-Lake Park Wolves ran away to defeat North Union.
The Wolves held NU scoreless for a nine-minute stretch in the second and third quarters as they built for themselves a 16-point lead by halftime.
Jordan Kyle led H-LP with 15 points and 12 boards. Six of his dozen rebounds were of the offensive variety. Brady Van Iperen scored 10 points and dished out five assists for the Wolves. He snatched five steals in the win.
H-LP improved to 5-2 while North Union, a consolidation of North Sentral-Kossuth, Swea City and Armstrong-Ringsted, dropped to 1-7 on the season.
N. Union 8 16 20 34
H-LP 15 25 31 53
West Lyon 75, George-Little Rock 52 INWOOD, Iowa — Brandon Snyder reached 1,000 points for his high school career by putting in 24 for West Lyon. Cody Bauman tallied 15 points as the Wildcats ran past George-Little Rock.
David Aeikens scored 13 points and Tanner Ver Steeg had 11 for George-Little Rock, now 2-5 overall.
G-LR 8 19 37 52
West Lyon 21 39 60 75
Sioux Center 66, Sheldon 60 SHELDON — Chris Borchers scored 27 points to lead Sioux Center past Sheldon.
Collin Wolthuizen with 15 points and Turner DeJong with 10 paced the Orabs, now 3-4 on the season.
Sioux Center 23 38 52 66
Sheldon 15 27 41 60