Area basketball update

(Statistics and information are current as of Monday, Jan. 6.)

 

South Iowa Cedar League boys

 

Sigourney (4-3, 2-3)

 

Mitch Eslick’s Sigourney Savages have been led in scoring by three underclassmen during the early part of the 2019-2020 season. Freshman Mason Harter leads the team in scoring at 10 points per contest, followed by sophomores Levi Crawford (7.6 ppg) and Cade Molyneux (6.0 ppg). Harter also leads the team in blocks (17) and rebounds (60), while also ranking second in assists with 13. Crawford has been the team’s most efficient shooter (with a minimum of 28 shot attempts) converting 48.7 percent of his shots (19-of-39). He’s also knocked down 34.8 percent of his 3-pointers.

Sigourney started the season red hot, stringing together four straight wins to begin the season. Since a 47-36 win over Iowa Valley on Dec. 10, Eslick’s squad dropped their last three games before the new year. The team leaned heavily on their defense in the early going, allowing opponents to score just over 37 points per game in their four wins. In their matchups with Belle Plaine, Keota, and Montezuma since, the Savages surrendered 52, 81, and 64 points, respectively. Through seven games, Sigourney is scoring 48.3 points and allowing 49.8 points per game.

Sigourney returned to action on Tuesday, Jan. 7 against the Warhawks of North Mahaska.

 

 

English Valleys (4-5, 1-4)

 

Led by “The Walking Double-Double”, Kaden Hall, the EV Bears have already exceeded their win total from last season (3) by going 4-4 before the holidays. The sophomore has been dominant in 2019-2020, leading his team in scoring (15.7 points per game), rebounding (13.6 per game), steals (25), and blocks (nine). He leads the SICL East in rebounding, leads the league in steals, and ranks fourth in points per game.

Caleb Lewis’ club has featured a balanced offensive attack so far this year, with three other players averaging at least seven points per contest after Hall. Hayden Irmen (8.7 ppg), Brayden Mikesell (7.5 ppg), and Beau Flander (7.2 ppg) have all been key contributors for EV.

After going 2-3 in their first five games, the boys responded by winning two of their final three before Christmas. 3-point shooting has proven to be key for EV. In their four wins this season, the Bears have shot 35.9 percent from behind the arc. In their five losses, Lewis’ club made just 19.4 percent of their 3s.

EV returned to the hardwood on Friday, losing 52-28 against Highland. They also battled Lynnville-Sully on Jan. 7.

 

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