Area Hoops: Cardinal teams get past New London
ELDON — Dakota Showman scored 15 points and Charlie Rachford added 11 to lead the Cardinal boys’ basketball team past New London 65-41 Friday in Eldon.
The Comets catapulted out to a 13-2 lead after one quarter of play and held a 29-12 advantage after two quarters. The host team scored another 36 points in the second half to cruise to their second victory of the season.
Cardinal’s Conner McElderry also hit double-figures with 10 points, and Cody Carter scored eight. Jonathan Pedersen added seven points, while Kaleb Durflinger, Brandon Potts and Kyle Kent all contributed four points. Showman also tallied five assists and four steals.
Cardinal (2-2) continues its homestand vs. Van Buren today.
Cardinal vs. New London
NEW LONDON — 2 10 13 16 — 41
CARDINAL — 13 16 21 15 — 65
CARDINAL — Showman 15, Rachford 11, McElderry 10, Carter 8, Pedersen 7, Potts 4, Kent 4, Durflinger 4, Yeager 2
Rebounds — Rachford 7, Showman 6, McElderry 5, S. Pedersen 3, Potts 3, Durflinger 3. Assists — Showman 5. Steals — Showman 4. Blocks — S. Pedersen 1
Comet girls snap skid
ELDON — A three-game losing streak came to an end Friday as the Cardinal girls’ basketball team nipped New London 57-55.
Senior Lindsay Moore led the Comets with 20 points, seven steals and two blocks. Danae Moses added 16 points on 8 of 8 free throw shooting, and both Mattie Kildow and Delaney Ridgway chipped in eight points each. Morgan Honomichl swiped two steals.
The Comets led 34-18 at halftime and did just enough to hold on for the two-point home win.
Cardinal (2-4) is back in action today hosting Van Buren.
Cardinal vs. New London
NEW LONDON — 8 10 18 19 — 55
CARDINAL — 15 19 10 13 — 57
CARDINAL — Moore 20, Moses 16, Ridgway 8, Kildow 8, Conger 2, Selk 2, Honomichl 1
Rebounds — Moore 5, Honomichl 4, Ridgway 4. Assists — Moore 2, Kildow 1. Steals — Moore 7, Honomichl 2, Kildow 1. Blocks — Moore 2, Ridgway 1
Van Buren girls win one
Senior Hanna Haynes led Van Buren to its fourth straight win to open the season Friday, pouring in 37 points in a 64-39 home victory over West Burlington.
Haynes shot 18 of 25 from the field and just missed a triple-double with 11 rebounds and nine blocks. The senior also snagged six steals, helping the Warriors build a 20-7 lead after one quarter and a 34-21 advantage at halftime.
Van Buren senior Jordan Billups scored 10 points with five steals and Payten Hughes pulled down 14 rebounds. Sophomore Kaitlyn Johnson scored four points and dished out five assists. Sidney Atwood, Libby King, Shayla Filson, Abbey Rider and Cassie Johnson scored two points apiece.
On Saturday, the Warriors lost their first game of the season, falling to third-ranked (Class 1A) Burlington-Notre Dame 69-28 in Burlington.
The Warriors trailed 17-12 after one quarter but were down 38-18 at halftime. They only scored 10 points the rest of the game, including just two in the final quarter.
The Warriors (4-1) will look to bounce back with an away game against Cardinal today.
Warrior boys split games
The Van Buren boys’ basketball team split a pair of games over the weekend, topping West Burlington 57-43 on Friday and then losing 60-46 at Burlington-Notre Dame Saturday.
Garrett Saunders scored a career-high 21 points to lead Van Buren to its second win of the season Friday. Thomas Fitzsimmons scored 14 points and Brandon Plecker had 13. Pedrick Garrett tacked on six points.
In Saturday’s loss, Fitzsimmons netted another 24 points and Saunders tallied seven.
The Warriors (2-2) are back in action tonight at Cardinal.
Pekin girls suffer loss
PACKWOOD — Fifth-ranked (Class 3A) Mediapolis has held every team its played thus far to under 40 points, and Pekin was unable to chip into that armor Saturday.
The Panthers were held to one point in the first quarter and six by halftime, falling to Mediapolis 55-20 in SEISC North action at Packwood.
Pekin’s Sam Wright, Gwynne Wright, Tiana Slaney and McKenna Gambell scored four points each. Jessica Horras grabbed 10 boards and Madelyn Baker tallied four rebounds for Pekin, which had won three straight games before Saturday’s loss.
Pekin was marred by 25 turnovers, and Haley Hillyard led the Bulldogs’ offense with a game-high 15 points.
Pekin (4-3) returns to the court today against IMS.
Pekin vs. Mediapolis
MEPO — 9 11 22 13 — 55
PEKIN — 1 5 9 5 — 20
PEKIN — G. Wright 4, S. Wright 4, Gambell 4, Slaney 4, Stone 2, Horras 2
Rebounds — Horras 10, Baker 4, G. Wright 4. Assists — Stone 1, S. Wright 1, Horras 1, Gambell 1, Baker 1. Steals — Baker 1, Atwood 1