Van Buren wins SEISC Shootout game
Van Buren girls win overtime thriller
KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren battled through foul trouble and overtime to pull out a 57-54 victory over Columbus Friday night in the Southeast Iowa Super Conference Shootout.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Johnson hit her free throws in the final minutes and Hanna Haynes scored a game-high 29 points to lead the Warriors on their home court. Four Warriors had at least four fouls in the game, and senior starter Jordan Billups fouled out with five.
“It was all Haynes and Johnson. Point blank,” said Van Buren head coach Matt Zeitler. “A good game to prepare us for regionals by pulling a close game out at home.”
In addition to scoring 29 points, Haynes also came down with 17 rebounds and blocked 12 shots. Johnson finished with 18 points on 9-for-10 free throw shooting, and the junior dished out three assists.
Zeitler also said freshman Libby King had a great game on the defensive end, holding Columbus’ point guard Megan Pretz in check.
Van Buren enters the postseason with a 16-5 record overall. They travel to Pekin for the first round of regional play Saturday.
Van Buren vs. Columbus
COLUMBUS — 12 11 8 15 8 — 54
VAN BUREN — 11 9 14 12 11 — 57
VAN BUREN — Haynes 14 1-6 29, Johnson 3 9-10 18, Hughes 3 0-0 6, King 1 0-0 2, Billups 1 0-0 2, Murgia 0 0-2 0, Rider 0 0-0 0, Totals 22 10-18 57.
3-point goals — Johnson 3. Rebounds — Haynes 17, Hughes 6. Assists — Rider 4, Haynes 3, Johnson 3, Hughes 2, Billups 2. Steals — Haynes 3, Johnson 2. Blocks — Haynes 12, Billups 1.
Cardinal falls 59-36
ELDON — Senior Lindsay Moore scored all but eight of Cardinal’s points in a 59-36 loss to Wapello Friday in a SEISC Shootout game in Eldon.
Moore scored 28 points on 10-for-14 foul shooting, and she also finished with eight rebounds and four steals.
Delaney Ridgway had seven rebounds and Morgan Honomichl scored three points for Cardinal, which trailed 26-20 at halftime and was out-scored 33-16 in the second half.
The Comets (8-12) finish up the regular season today at Davis County.
Slow start cooks Pekin
DANVILLE — Pekin was held to four points in the first quarter of its SEISC Shootout game vs. Danville, and its road troubles continued with a 61-46 loss Friday.
The Panthers trailed 12-4 after one, and Danville led 27-14 at the midway point. The Pekin offense got going in the second half, scoring 32 points to Danville’s 34, but it proved too little, too late.
Beth Atwood scored 12 points to pace the Panthers, while Sam Wright finished with eight points. Gwynne Wright and Jessica Horras both scored six.
Pekin opens up the postseason Saturday with a home game vs. Van Buren.