Osage 66, Newman 51
MASON CITY — The Osage Green Devils hit the ground running with a conference game at Newman Catholic on Tuesday night.
Things got off to a rocky start as both teams struggled to maintain possession of the ball. The Knights stayed on pace with the Green Devils, taking the lead 10-8, but behind senior Drew Olson, the Green Devils started to drive to the basket for a 16-10 score at the end of the first.
Olson led the Green Devils with 17 points at half, 25 total on the night. At half, the Green Devils showed they were the dominant team with a 30-18 score and the second half only got better.
The Green Devils started to spread the ball around more in the second half, senior Nathan Bushbaum racked up 10 points to add to his total of 16. Senior Lucas Schwamman had 10 points, including a breakaway dunk off a pass from Olson.
The Knights struggled to get back on pace, but senior Joe Scholl emerged as the top performer with 15 points. Senior Justin Fausnaugh would add eight.
The Green Devils closed the game comfortably with a 66-51 victory. Osage hosts Central Springs on Friday and Newman will travel to Greene to play North Butler.
“Defensively, I thought our effort was where it needed to be,” Osage head coach Mike Brahn said. “A week ago at the scrimmage, we didn’t look great defensively. I think we got a lot better since then. We still turned the ball over too much and gave up too many rebounds and they have to come to get to the point we want to be to.”
-- By Leah Vann
Mason City 75, Des Moines East 46
DES MOINES — Behind a game-high 28 points from Dylan Miller, Mason City rolled over Des Moines East Tuesday night, 79-46.
"I am really proud of how the boys played tonight," Mason City coach Nick Trask said. "Des Moines East came out with a lot of energy and were out rebounding us. We toughened up quickly and we were able to put together good 3 quarters."
Ben Pappas added 17 for the Mohawks and Jarvorius Toney chipped in seven.
North Butler 54, Northwood-Kensett 41
NORTHWOOD | The Bearcats had threee scorers finish in double figures including Dylan Clipperton, who led the field with 20 points. North Butler got a 14-point effort from Kendrick Miller.
Josh Jaspers led Northwood-Kensett with 16 points. Kole Parks scored 12 for the Vikings.
West Hancock 80, Lake Mills 59
BRITT | The Eagles opened the season with a win over their Top of Iowa Conference rivals.
Chase Eisenman finished with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. MaCoy Yeakel followed with 22 points and 4 steals. Gavin Becker finished with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.
Chett Helming led Lake Mills with 15 points. DaShawn Linnen had 14 points and 6 rebounds.
AGWSR 36, Hampton-Dumont 31
HAMPTON — AGWSR hung on to win a tightly contested nonconference game vs. Hampton-Dumont on Tuesday, 36-31.
The Cougars’ Alex Haines led all scorers with 16 points.
Quinn Logan paced the Bulldogs, who host Clear Lake on Friday, with 13 points and Matt Waddingham added six.
Bishop Garrigan 77, Belmond-Klemme 30
BELMOND — TJ Schnurr poured in a game-high 22 points to help Bishop Garrigan to a 77-30 victory over Belmond-Klemme.
Angelo Winkel added 14 for the Golden Bears, John Jayue scored 10 and John Capesius had nine.
Jayden Lane led the Broncos with nine.
GHV 69, North Iowa 45
BUFFALO CENTER — Garner-Hayfield-Ventura kicked off its season Tuesday night with a 69-45 win over North Iowa.
Ryan Meyers led all scorers with 19 points, James Betz had 13, Ray Cataldo scored 11 and Jonah Albertson added nine.
Jordan Boekelman scored 13 to lead the Bison and Nathan Beenken finished with 11.
Tripoli 47, Riceville 27
RICEVILLE — Behind 21 points from Zach Johnson, Tripoli cruised to a 47-27 win over Ricevile Tuesday night.
Grant Shedenhelm had seven points to lead the Wildcats while Sully Fair added five.
Mason City 75, Des Moines East 66
DES MOINES — Megan Meyer and Hannah Faktor combined for 46 points Tuesday as eighth-ranked (4A) Mason City stopped Des Moines East 75-66.
Meyer scored a game-high 29 points and Faktor added 17.
“I thought offensively we really attacked the basket well, we had good ball movement and took care of the ball really” Mason City coach Curt Klaahsen said. “They’re a pressure team and I thought we handled that really well. To score 75 on the road against a good team on the road is good for us.”
Anna Deets added nine points for the Mohawks and Anna Lensing and Jaeda Whitner scored seven apiece.
Justice Ross led the Scarlets with 22.
Mason City (2-1) travels to Waverly-Shell Rock on Thursday.
Clear Lake 51, West Fork 37
SHEFFIELD – The Clear Lake girls basketball team broke open a two-point game with an 8-0 to close the first half and downed West Fork 51-37 for its third straight win to start the season.
The Lions are rated third in Class 3A.
Key for the Lions against the height of the Warhawks was a long-range shooting game that produced nine successful three-pointers.
Sara Faber, who was limited to just five points in opening half, scored 15 after intermission to finish with a game-high 20.
Zoey Fasbender, a 5-foot-8 freshman, made four 3-pointers and added 14 points while Lexi Fasbender had three triples and 13 total points.
“We are still just trying to be consistent in the half-court offense,” Lions coach Bart Smith said.
Lexi Jones had nine points, all in the second half, to lead the Warhawks in their season opener.
Clear Lake (3-0) returns to action on Friday when it travels to Hampton-Dumont in its North Central Conference opener.
West Fork plays host to Rockford on Friday.
Central Springs 47, St. Ansgar 41
MANLY — Central Springs erased a nine-point deficit at halftime to come back for a 47-41 victory over St. Ansgar on Tuesday.
The Panthers’ Kaylee Parks led all scorers with 24 points, and she added 11 rebounds and three steals. Morgan Kelley chipped in 10 points and Anna Dietrich added six.
Elizabeth Jenkins paced the Saints with 16 points and Hali Anderson scored 13.
North Butler 49, Northwood-Kensett 12
NORTHWOOD — Behind a game-high 18 points from Nicole Heeren, North Butler cruised to a 49-12 victory over Northwood-Kensett.
Marcy Jacobs added 12 points for the Bearcats and Madi Pleas and Emy Osterbuhr scored five apiece.
Hailey Hepperly led the Vikings with four points.
West Hancock 61, Lake Mills 56
BRITT — West Hancock held off a late rally from Lake Mills to pick up a 61-56 win Tuesday night.
Freshman Rachel Leerar led the Eagles with a game-high 17 points and Amanda Chizek scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Additionally, Kelly Leerar had 10 points and Mahayla Faust chipped in nine.
Jessa Gasteiger led four Lake Mills players in double figures with 14, Becca Evans and Jade Gasteiger had 12 apiece and Laura Knudtson added 11.
Forest City 67, Eagle Grove 17
FOREST CITY | The No. 11 (3A) Indians finished Tuesday's victory with three players scoring in double figures as 10 scored in all.
Hannah Anderson finished with 12 points and 5 assists. Brea Dillavou had 11 points and a team-high 9 rebounds while Callie McQuown finished with 12 points.
"We had very balanced scoring, and that's what we want from our team," said coach Dusty Meyn. "I was really proud of the way the girls shared the ball."
Rockford 52, Nashua-Plainfield 33
NASHUA | Rockford bounced back after a tough loss on Monday with a 52-33 win over Nashua-Plainfield on Tuesday.
Rockford's Amber Reams finished with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Morgan Thieman added 11 points.
GHV 62, North Iowa 28
BUFFALO CENTER | The Cardinals moved to 2-0 on the year with Tuesday's 62-28 victory over the Lady Bison.
GHV's Jillian Heitland led all scorers with 16 points. Jayden Frank followed with 13 points.
Rachel Schutter led North Iowa with 11 points.
Bishop Garrigan 64, Belmond-Klemme 16
BELMOND — With the helped of 32 forced turnovers, Bishop Garrigan picked up a 64-16 win over Belmond-Klemme.
Maddie Meister scored 20 points to lead the Golden Bears while Jenna Boleter added 15.
Lake Mills wins home triangular
LAKE MILLS — Lake Mills started off its season the right way Tuesday night with a pair of wins in a home triangular. The Bulldogs topped Belmond-Klemme (75-6) and Clear Lake (51-19).
Tyler Helgeson, Casey Hanson, Ashten Love, Alex Albert, Elijah Wagner, Cole Bergo, Drake Harnish, Gabe Irons and Brett Tyler each finished 2-0 on the night for the Bulldogs.
Belmond-Klemme's Remington Hanson pinned Lake Mills' Caiden Jones, who's ranked third in 1A at 113 pounds, for the Broncos' lone win against the Bulldogs.
Sam Nelson, Eric Faught and Braxton Doebel were each 2-0 for the Lions, who defeated B-K in their other dual, 66-15.
NIACC's Longs earns ICCAC weekly honor
MASON CITY — NIACC sophomore guard UU Longs has been selected as the ICCAC women's basketball player of the week for the week of Nov. 20-26.
Longs, a 5-feet-1 guard from Minneapolis, scored 61 points in four games as the Lady Trojans improved their record to 9-0. She also had 14 rebounds, 14 assists and eight steals in the four victories.
Longs scored a career-high 24 points with five rebounds, four assists and two steals against Rock Valley College on Nov. 24. She also scored 16 points with six rebounds and five assists against the Grand View University Junior Varsity on Nov. 26.
Longs averages 12.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.4 steals per game.
Longs is the third NIACC women's basketball player to be selected as the ICCAC player of the week. Taylor Laabs earned the honor for the week of Nov. 13-19 and freshman Mikayla Homola was the league's player of the week for the week of Oct. 30-Nov. 5.