Area basketball roundup - 12/25/19

Sigourney boys


Dec. 17 - Keota 81, Sigourney 53


Statistics were not available at press time.



Sigourney girls


Dec. 16 - Washington 49, Sigourney 38


Dec. 17 - Sigourney 47, Keota 6


Statistics for these two games were not available at press time.



Tri-County boys


Dec. 17 - Belle Plaine 73, Tri-County 54


THORNBURG — Dylan Springer’s Tri-County Trojans saw three different players score in double figures this past Tuesday against Belle Plaine, but it wasn’t enough, as the Plainsmen left Thornburg with a 73-54 win.

Belle Plaine scored 42 first-half points on their way to their fifth win in seven games to start the season. The Trojans battled foul trouble all night. All three of their starting seniors ended with at least three fouls, and Brayden Monroe and Tegon Fogle each fouled out by game’s end.

Dayton Pace led the Trojans in scoring with 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting. The junior was a rebound shy of a double-double. Monroe added 16 points and three assists. Freshman Max Phillips has come on strong the past two games, scoring 18 points on Dec. 13 and 11 points in this contest. He also snared seven rebounds.

Free throws have been a problem for Springer’s team thus far, as Tri-County has connected on just 43 percent of their attempts at the charity stripe, as of Dec. 18. In Tuesday’s game, the Trojans were 7-of-19 from the free throw line.

The loss dropped TC to 0-6 on the season.



Tri-County girls


Dec. 17 - Belle Plaine 49, Tri-County 30


THORNBURG — A season-high 30 points wasn’t enough for the Tri-County Lady Trojans to secure their first win of 2019 against Belle Plaine this past Tuesday, as the home team fell, 49-30.

Freshman Macy Schmidt did all she could in the loss, scoring 10 points on 5-of-12 shooting and securing 10 rebounds. She also swatted away three Belle Plaine shots.

Alyssa Conrad showed her sharpshooting abilities, scoring nine points — all coming from her three 3-pointers. TC hit four 3s in the game, a new season high. Senior Emma Miover hit the fourth long ball.

Though she wasn’t efficient scoring, sophomore Marta Martin filled up the stat sheet. Along with her four points, she grabbed five rebounds and came away with four steals. Miover also filled the scorebook, adding five rebounds, five assists, and four steals.

Belle Plaine raced out to a 29-18 halftime lead before outscoring TC 20-12 in the second half to secure the win. The Lady Trojans are now 0-7 on the season.



Pekin boys


Dec. 17 - Pekin 66, Lone Tree 45


PEKIN — A season-best outing from Pekin junior Brady Millikin propelled the Panthers to a 66-45 victory over Lone Tree this past Tuesday, giving Pekin their fourth win in five games to start the year.

No. 11 had his best outing of the 2019 season, scoring a game-high 17 points, knocking down three 3-pointers, securing seven rebounds, and handing out seven assists in the win.

After Millikin, John Swanson’s team used a balanced scoring attack to fend off the Lions. Brock Long followed Millikin with 10 points. Nick Tschudy, Kennan Winn, Brayden Sobaski, and Cael Lyle each scored at least seven points to help lift Pekin.

Pekin used a 25-point second quarter to build an 11-point lead before halftime. Swanson’s club then outscored Lone Tree 29-19 in the final two quarters to seal the victory.

Dayne Eckley and Sobaski provided the most eye-popping statistic of the game, as the duo combined for 11 blocks. Pekin totaled 14 in the contest.

The Panthers shot 43 percent from the field and made six 3s in the win.


Dec. 19 - Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 63, Pekin 62


PEKIN — John Swanson’s Pekin Panthers dropped a nail biter this past Thursday against Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont on their home floor, 63-62, in the final seconds. After a missed front end of a one-and-one, the Rockets tipped the ball back out to the free throw shooter, Thane Alexander, who drove back down the lane and scored. Pekin had a chance to win it in the final seconds, but junior Brady Millikin was whistled for an offensive foul with 1.1 seconds to play.

Brayden Sobaski led Pekin with 19 points, while Millikin finished with 14.

Pekin was ahead 32-31 at halftime and 52-49 after three quarters, but the Rockets won the fourth quarter 14-10 to steal the road win.

The loss dropped Pekin to 4-2 to start the year.


Pekin girls


Dec. 17 - Pekin 50, Lone Tree 23


PEKIN — The Lady Panthers of Pekin remained perfect after a 50-23 home win against Lone Tree this past Tuesday night. Davis Eidahl’s team outscored the Lions 21-4 in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

Senior Emilee Linder scored a team-high 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including four 3-pointers. She also snatched five rebounds and handed out four assists. Kerrigan Pope was the second-leading scorer for Eidahl, totaling 15 points along with her six rebounds.

Pekin led 12-4 after Quarter No. 1 and 20-10 at halftime. The knockout punch was delivered in the third quarter, as the home team outscored Lone Tree by 17 points in the frame to gain the upper hand.

Defense has been a strength for Pekin so far this season. The Lady Panthers have had double-digit steals in each of the last four games (11 in this one). The most points Pekin has allowed in any game this year is 40, against Winfield-Mt. Union on Dec. 3.



English Valleys boys


Dec. 17 - English Valleys 56, Iowa Valley 52


MARENGO — Iowa Valley scored 20 fourth-quarter points, but the English Valleys Bears were able to hold off the home team and secure their fourth win of the season, 56-52.

Few players in the area have played as well as EV’s Kaden Hall to this point in the season. The sophomore put up another monster performance against the Tigers, notching 16 points and 17 rebounds. He also led Caleb Lewis’ team in steals with four, and blocks with two.

Sophomore Beau Flander and junior Brayden Mikesell also scored in double figures with 11 points apiece. The duo combined to make three of the team’s five 3-pointers. Mikesell added three steals.

EV held a 30-22 lead at halftime on Tuesday. Lewis’ club extended that lead to 45-32 after the third quarter, but IV made a valiant effort in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Bears 20-11 in the frame. However, the Bears were able to escape with the road win.

Juniors Cole Stephenson and Hayden Irmen were the other top scorers for EV, scoring nine and seven points, respectively. Senior Nolan Grove snared six rebounds in the win as well.


Dec. 20 - Colfax-Mingo 60, English Valleys 47


Statistics were not available at press time.



English Valleys girls


Dec. 17 - Iowa Valley 66, English Valleys 37


Dec. 20 - English Valleys 49, Colfax-Mingo 35


Statistics for these two games were not available at press time.


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