Prep basketball: Big individual efforts highlight Monday night hoops
SIBLEY, Iowa — Sibley-Ocheyedan finished off South O’Brien, Paulina 54-44 Monday night in non-conference girls basketball action.
The Generals jumped out to an 11-point lead after the first quarter and held that margin through most of the game.
South O’Brien cut the game to just seven points after three quarters but Sibley-Ocheyedan responded to the call to finish out the win.
Generals senior Kayla Ackerman scored 20 points while Alyssa Stofferan added 13.
S-O senior Bridget Doeden ripped down 12 rebounds for her generals while Brooke Grimes, a junior, collected eight. Michaela Wolter handed out five assists.
Sibley-Ocheyedan 14 26 32 54
South O’Brien 5 16 26 44
H-LP 63, SW United 59
OKABENA — Southwestern United fell short in a girls basketball border-battle against Harris-Lake Park.
The Wolves defeated SWU 63-59 to move to 1-1 on the year.
H-LP enjoyed four girls in double-figure scoring, with post Noreen Morrow scoring 23, Miranda Brueggeman scoring 13, Mikey Ihnen scoring 11 and Katherin Ihnen scoring 10.
SWU had Courtney Place’s 26 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots leading its charge. Place finished with a half-dozen three-pointers.
Kailey Wendland scored 17 and grabbed seven rebounds for the Wildcats.
H-LP 29 63
Southwestern United 24 59
Ellsworth boys 72, R-T-R 68
TYLER —Ellsworth moved to 4-0 on the season with a boys basketball win over Russell-Tyler-Ruthton on the road.
The Panthers won the game 72-68 on the back of a 33 point game from senior guard Mitch Leuthold. Drew Cheskie added 15 and Justin Kruse scored 11.
Trailing R-T-R by seven points midway through the second half, Leuthold scored the next 15 points for his team.
“Mitch can shoot extremely well and this year he has done a much better job of being consistent,” Ellsworth coach J.D. Roberts said of Monday’s game changer. “He has a good release and, if he gets in a rhthym, there’s a good chance it’s going in.”
Ellworth 38 72
R-T-R 30 68
JCC 69, GHEC 45
JACKSON — Jackson County Central won its season opener, defeating Granada-Huntley-East Chain 69-45.
Jon Harmening needed just four points entering the game to reach his 1,000th career point. He did so with his second bucket and scored with 24 points and 20 rebounds in the win. Zach Schwarting chipped in 14 points for the Huskies.
The game was close at halftime but the Huskies boosted their defensive presence in the second half to aid to the win. Defense led to takeaways and easy baskets as the game wore on.
“It’s always great to start 1-0,” JCC boys basketball coach Trent Sukalski said. “It was a great night for Jon, too. Our kids played hard.”
JCC 32 69