SPORTS IN BRIEF: Area basketball, wrestling, Northern Iowa
Cardinal boys top MSAE Pioneers
The Cardinal boys’ basketball team defeated Maharishi School for the Age of Enlightenment 70-55 Tuesday.
Cardinal (2-1) led 30-17 in the second quarter before MSAE went on a 13-0 run. The Comets led 38-36 at halftime. Cardinal would eventually pull away in the second half.
Junior Cody Streeby led the Comets with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Kaleb Durflinger scored 15 points and brought down 10 rebounds. Sam Pederson scored 14 points.
The Pioneers were led by Suraj Pullapantula, who scored 20 points and produced two steals. Surya Sawhney put in eight points to go along with getting seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and five blocks. Giovanni Cingire scored 10 points.
MSAE continues its long season-opening road trip on Friday at Harmony. Cardinal travels Friday to New London.
Pekin girls take down Columbus
The Pekin girl’s basketball team beat Columbus 50-33 Tuesday in Packwood.
Beth Atwood led the Panthers in scoring with 13 points. Gwynne Wright had two steals and two assists to go along with five points. McKenna Gambell put in seven points. Samantha Wright and Madelyn Baker each scored six points.
“We started slow,” Davis Eidahl said. “We refocused in the second half and played the type of defense that we are used to playing. Our bench gave us a good effort.”
The Panthers are now 4-0 on the season. Pekin plays Friday at Louisa-Muscatine.
JV boys lose to Mt. Pleasant
The Fairfield JV boys’ basketball team lost to Mt. Pleasant 46-40 Friday in Fairfield.
Alex Crile led Fairfield with 12 points to go along with two steals and two assists. Nick Higgins and Alex Simpson each scored 10 points. Landen Greiner led the squad with four steals.
FMS wrestles in Burlington
The Fairfield Middle School wrestling team competed Tuesday in Burlington.
Tristan Waugh, Brendon Lunsford and Zach Barnes each won two matches.
The single match winners were Mason Allen, Hakim Blakeney, Nicholas Iseman, Jason Johannes, Clinton Morrison, Stetson Spees, Brad Swanson, Derrick Beasley, Gannon Courtright, Matthew Smith and Jesse Birlson.
Fairfield went 17-19 on the night. The grapplers wrestle Tuesday in Washington.
Northern Iowa wins over Savannah St.
CEDAR FALLS (AP) — Seth Tuttle scored 17 points as Northern Iowa outlasted Savannah State, holding off a final-minute rally for a 55-50 win on Tuesday night.
Northern Iowa (4-5) led 35-32 midway through the second half before seven straight points from Nate Buss spurred a 14-8 run that opened a 49-40 lead for the Panthers.
Savannah State (2-8) trailed by nine with 30 seconds left, but hit a pair of 3-pointers and Stephen Wilson’s layup with 2 seconds remaining brought Savannah State within 53-50. The rally proved too little too late as Tuttle was fouled and sunk a pair of free throws to preserve the win for Northern Iowa.
Deon Mitchell scored 11 points to go along with five steals for the Panthers and Buss added 10 points.
Deven Williams had a game-high 18 points and Jyles Smith had 11 for the Tigers, who have dropped six games in a row.