Mason City, 47, Ames 37
AMES | The challenge was simple for the Mason City girls basketball team Friday. There wasn’t going to be any sort of full-court press. It was going to be about man-to-man, half court defense.
The Mohawks responded to that challenge and kept previously unbeaten and eighth-ranked (5A) Ames in check on the offensive end as Mason City won a road contest Friday, 47-37.
“It was a big win for us,” Mohawk coach Curt Klaahsen said. “Defense won us the game.”
Senior Myah Mellman tallied a season-best 23 points including an 11 of 14 showing from the free-throw line.
The smaller Mohawk lineup also out-rebounded a much taller Ames team 54-41. The Mohawks collected 19 offensive rebounds. Mason City led 26-25 after three quarters before Mellman connected on a 3-pointer to jump-start a 21-point final quarter.
Makenzie Meyer added nine points, Allison Scott scored 8. Marci Wolters (4) and Rachen Daneilson (3) rounded out the scoring for the Mohawks (4-1, 1-0). Ames fell to 5-1 overall and 0-1 in the CIC Northern Division.
Bishop Garrigan 61, Iowa Falls-Alden 36
ALGONA | Nicole Behr scored 12 points to lead four Garrigan players in double figures as the Golden Bears notched a 61-36 win over Iowa Falls-Alden on Friday.
Emily Marlow (11), Taylor Hovey (11) and Betty Straub (10) each reached double figures for Garrigan (2-3, 2-2).
Rockford 74, Nashua-Plainfield 50
ROCKFORD | Madison Wood scored 18 points, Emily Carroll added 17 and Rachael Enabnit chipped in 14 as Rockford moved to 3-1 with a 74-50 win over Nashua-Plainfield on Friday.
The Warriors held a 9-point halftime advantage before a 25-12 third quarter put the game out of reach and helped Rockford even its Corn Bowl Conference record at 1-1.
Briley Fisher led N-P (1-4, 0-2) with 14 points and Sarah McMichael, Kayla Dietz and Jordan Scribner each scored eight.
Northwood-Kensett 60, Riceville 35
RICEVILLE | Hattie Davidson and Kayla Branstad combined for 30 points as Northwood-Kensett (5-1, 1-1) beat Riceville 60-35 on Friday.
N-K held a 24-19 halftime advantage before a 26-point third quarter helped the lead balloon to 23 points after three quarters.
Taylor Uthe led Riceville (0-3, 0-2) with 15 points.
North Iowa 47, Forest City 42
BUFFALO CENTER | Paige Hassebroek scored 14 and Krista Hovland added 13 as North Iowa withstood a late Forest City rally, 47-42, on Friday.
North Iowa (3-3, 2-0) led 35-18 at the half before Forest City out-scored the Bison 14-2 in the third quarter.
North Iowa, though, scored just enough in the fourth quarters to stay perfect in NIC play.
Becca Murray also reached double figures for North Iowa with 10 while Rachel Koch scored a game-high 20 points for Forest City (2-4, 1-1).
St. Ansgar 50, Central Springs 46, OT
ST. ANSGAR | Sophomore Kelsie Willert scored a game-high 23 points, including five 3-pointers, as St. Ansgar moved to 2-0 in the Corn Bowl Conference with a 50-46 overtime win over Central Springs on Friday.
Olivia Bisbee added 18 points for the Saints (5-2, 2-0).
The game was tied at 43 at the end of regulation before St. Ansgar outscored Central Springs 7-3 in the overtime session.
Lexi Korte led Central Springs (4-1, 1-1) with 14 points while Brittany Florea added 12.
Osage 55, West Hancock 37
OSAGE | Osage sprinted to an 18-3 lead after a quarter and moved to 4-0 overall with a 55-37 win over West Hancock on Friday.
The Eagles managed to climb within 27-20 at the half but Osage pushed its lead to 16 after three quarters.
Jadee Walsh scored a game-high 20 points while Zoey Thompson chipped in 12 for Osage (4-0, 2-0).
Emily Leerar led West Hancock (1-5, 0-2) with eight points while Faith Hammer added seven.
Clear Lake 57, Hampton-Dumont 25
HAMPTON | Seventh-ranked (3A) Clear Lake put the clamps on defensively as the Lions moved to 4-0 in North Central Conference play with a 57-25 win over Hampton-Dumont on Friday.
Logan Anderson led three players in double figures with 14 points. Lindsey Loudenburg added 13 and Bailey Kibsgaard added 12 for Clear Lake (4-1, 4-0).
The Lions held the Bulldogs (3-2, 2-2) to four single-digit quarters (7-6-8-4). Paige Wragge led H-D with eight points.
“We have a pretty good bench and can rely on them to give us quality minutes,” Clear Lake coach Bart Smith said.
The Lions connected on seven 3-pointers with Peterson makes three and Anderson burying two.
Clear Lake hosts Bishop Garrigan on Tuesday.
North Butler 60, West Fork 48
SHEFFIELD | A minute into the second half the West Fork girls basketball team held a 29-21 lead.
But from there on North Butler took control en route to a 60-48 win in Corn Bowl Conference action Friday.
Kenzie Siemens scored a game-high 18 points for the Bearcats (4-0, 2-0) while Channing Wunsch added 15 and Haley Landers scored 10.
Courtney Larson scored a team-best 11 for West Fork (4-1, 1-1) while Sydney Shreckengost chipped in nine.
It was the first game this season an opponent has scored more than 40 points against North Butler.
GHV 59, Belmond-Klemme 20
BELMOND | Emily Spilman scored 17 points as GHV ran past Belmond-Klemme 59-20 on Friday night.
The Cards led 34-15 at the half and held the Broncos to five points in the second half.
Taylor Walrod led B-K with nine points.
N-K 62, Riceville 37
RICEVILLE | Josh Eintertson scored 18 points and Brandon Brockman tallied 13 as Northwood-Kensett topped Riceville 62-37 on Friday.
Ryan Shedenhelm led Riceville with 19 points. Emilio Gomez added 12.
Central Springs 59, St. Ansgar 42
ST. ANSGAR | Will Bird scored 16 points and Brandon Hebel added 14 as Central Springs (1-3, 1-1) topped St. Ansgar 59-42 in Corn Bowl Conference action on Friday.
Chase McCurdy scored a team-high 11 points for St. Ansgar (2-3, 1-1) while Clint Huemann added nine.
West Fork 83, North Butler 48
SHEFFIELD | Sam Amsbaugh scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds and had four steals as West Fork remained perfect (4-0, 2-0) with an 83-48 win over North Butler on Friday.
Evan Sprung added 14 points on 7 of 7 shooting for the Warhawks. West Fork converted on 37 of 58 field goal attempts.
Bishop Garrigan 66, Iowa Falls-Alden 65
ALGONA | Nathan Krieps scored 27 points and Chris Loss and Reece Wadle scored 16 apiece as Bishop Garrigan topped Iowa Falls-Alden 66-65 on Friday.
Garrigan moved to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the NCC despite Casey Schlatter, a Drake recruit, scoring 33 points for Iowa Falls-Alden.
Rockford 56, Nashua-Plainfield 46
ROCKFORD | Nate Engels led three Rockford players in double figures with 15 points as Rockford (3-1, 1-1) scored Corn Bowl Conference win over Nashua-Plainfield on Friday.
Mitch Longcor scored 12 and RyanTurner added 11 for Rockford.
Philip Lines (21) and Jordan Klingman (17) accounted for 38 of N-P’s 46 points.
Rockford led by a point entering the fourth quarter before the Warriors outscored the Huskies 17-8 in the fourth.
West Hancock 54, Osage 49
OSAGE | Trevor Nalan scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Connor Sonius added 14 points and 10 assists as West Hancock beat Osage 54-49 on Friday night.
Nate Paulus added 13 points for West Hancock (4-2, 1-1).
The Eagles held all-conference guard Trevor Haaland to 10 points on 4 of 22 shooting. Collin Havel led Osage (2-2, 0-2) with 12 points.
Sonius and Paulus combined for six of West Hancock’s eight 3-pointers.
Belmond-Klemme 70, GHV 55
BELMOND | Belmond-Klemme had five players in double figures as the Broncos moved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the North Iowa Conference with a 70-55 win over GHV on Friday.
Court Christianson scored a game-high 19 points for the Broncos while Logan Erickson (17), Korby Sander (13), Caleb Torkelson (11) and Colin Lane (10) reached double figures.
Braden Meints led GHV with 12 points. Joel Toppin tallied 10 and Harley Forry added nine for GHV (3-2, 1-1).
Clear Lake 68, H-D 45
HAMPTON | Spencer Davidson and Jack Abbas scored 12 points apiece as Clear Lake stayed perfect at 4-0 overall and 4-0 in the North Central Conference with a 68-45 win over Hampton-Dumont on Friday.
Davis Dieken (11) and Matt Stephany (11) each reached double figures for Clear Lake.
The Lions led 10-7 after a quarter but extended the lead to 12 (27-15) at the half and broke the game open in the third quarter as the lead reached 48-29 after three.
“We had better possessions in the third quarter,” Clear Lake coach Kevin Kahler said. “We took quick shots in the first half too early in the possession. Once we got settled down things went better for us. It’s always tough to win down here. It was a good performance.”
Alex Sackville led H-D with 14 points while Charlie Flickinger added 10.
Ames 74, Mason City 59
AMES | It seemed like the deficit was always around that 8- to 10-point range for the Mason City boys basketball team on Friday.
The Mohawks trailed Ames 24-14 after a quarter, 42-34 at the half and 61-48 at the end of three as Ames emerged with a 74-59 win over Mason City.
Matt Meyer led the Mohawks (2-2, 0-1) with 13 points. Austin Hemmen (12) and Jared Lichman (12) each reached double figures. Wyatt Cooper and Shandon Green scored seven points apiece.
“From an execution standpoint, it wasn’t our best game, but the effort was there,” Mohawk coach Adam Callanan said.
Sam Straub led Ames (2-2, 1-0) with 21 points.
Forest City 64, North Iowa 42
BUFFALO CENTER | Forest City’s Erich Erdman scored 20 points and Isaiah Loeschen added 17 as Forest City stayed perfect in the North Iowa Conference 64-42 win over North Iowa on Friday.
Ethan Erdman (12) and Jordan True (10) each reached double figures for the Indians (3-1, 2-0).
Tate Corporon and Dylan Voortmann led North Iowa (2-3, 0-2) with eight points apiece.
Forest City jumped out to a 23-9 lead after a quarter. The lead was at 14 at the half before the Indians pulled away with an 18-7 run in the third quarter.