COUNCIL BLUFFS — The Bellevue East and Red Oak girls benefited from playing an unfamiliar foe in unfamiliar surroundings.
That’s all well and good, except for the fact that Red Oak left the Mid-America Center with the injury cloud hanging over its head.
Nebraska Top 10 No. 9 Bellevue East used its superior depth and quickness to pull away for a 64-50 win Friday over the Iowa Class 3-A No. 3 Tigers in the Jennie Ed Sports Med MAC Shootout.
Red Oak senior Blake Bergren, who has signed with NCAA Division II Upper Iowa, went down in the second quarter with a potentially serious knee injury.
“I’m just very worried,” Red Oak coach Dan Martinez said. “Hopefully it’s just a bruise, because she’s given way too much to have it end like this.”
The Chieftains improved to 5-0, while dropping Red Oak to 6-1. The Tigers handled the pressure well in the second quarter, holding Bellevue East scoreless for nearly five minutes while drawing within 15-13.
“They really slowed it down, and we couldn’t get going,” Bellevue East coach Blake Anderson said. “We wanted to get up and down. The flow’s got to be in our favor.”
The Chieftains quickly got in the flow in the third. After scoring the final seven points of the first half, they outscored the Tigers 15-4 to start the third to complete the 22-4 spurt. Senior guard Peyton Hagen scored eight points during that stretch, as the Chieftains got out into the passing lanes and turned several Red Oak baskets into easy hoops.
The absence of Bergren, a 5-foot-10 wing player, took a ball handler off the court for Red Oak and put the bulk of the load on junior point guard Kate Walker. She finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and four assists, but it wasn’t enough to keep pace.
“Kate really just carried the whole team for us,” Martinez said. “They were a very good defensive team, a lot of pressure. But Kate was just a trouper. As a team, I thought we hung in there about as good as we could when we were firing one cylinder.”
Senior Roshawn Hollie led Bellevue East with 14 points, while Hagen added 11 and senior Amaun Frazier pitched in 10. The Chieftains forced 20 turnovers.
“I think our defensive pressure definitely kind of developed with our kids getting something out of it,” Anderson said. “I thought we started looking for some better trapping opportunities. I think it caught up to them.”
Red Oak (6-1) .......................................... 7 6 17 20—50
Bellevue East (5-0) .......................................... 13 9 24 18—64
RO: Sabrina Guerra 9, Kate Walker 20, Angela Mahoney 2, Grace Blomstedt 8, Bailey Hankins 6, Megan Sands 5.
BE: Peyton Hagen 11, Taylor Young 2, Brandi Menephee 1, Sara Gengel 5, Roshawn Hollie 14, Haley Ourada 7, Gabriella Marco 2, Joslyn Brewer 3, Amaun Frazier 10, Viktoreea Cox 5, Tyla Bishop 4.
Glenwood boys 49, Denison-Schleswig 35
The Rams opened the season with overtime losses to Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson and Creston.
That seems like a long time ago.
The Rams rallied for their fourth straight win on Friday, blanking Denison-Schleswig in the fourth quarter for a 49-35 Hawkeye Ten Conference victory.
Senior point guard Gage Shatava led the Rams with 25 points and six steals.
“He’s just continuously getting better and better, but he’s earned it,” Glenwood coach Curt Schulte said. “He’s put in a lot of time in the gym. He goes in there and shoots for about an hour, hour and a half, before practice even starts, on a 2½ hour practice. He’s very committed and dedicated, and he’s come up big for us.”
Glenwood (4-2, 4-1) trailed 11-2 early, but took a 37-35 lead to the fourth quarter on Drew Konfrst’s three-point play.
The 5-foot-9 Shatava scored six points in the final quarter, as the Rams shut out the Monarchs in the final eight minutes.
“That wasn’t the plan, but I sure liked it,” Schulte said. “I thought defensively we really got up in the wing pressure a lot more.”
Glenwood also did a good job double-teaming 6-7 Spencer Pauley. He scored 11 in the first half, but was shut out after the break.
“Jake Lewis and Drew Konfrst did a great job on him the second half,” Schulte said. “We doubled down on him and forced him to get it back out.”
Shatava said it was important that the team didn’t lose any confidence after losing the first two games in overtime.
“We just kept our heads up, and realized that we were a couple plays from being undefeated,” he said. “We just picked it up in practice after those losses.”
Schulte said this group of Rams really likes playing with one another. He almost had to kick them out of the locker room, they were savoring the win so much. Schulte said Glenwood has the ability to make a big jump in the Hawkeye Ten Conference hierarchy this year.
“I think so, but we’ve got a lot of work to do,” he said. “We’ve played pretty well to this point, but there’s a lot of things we’ve got to get better at. We’ve got to be more consistent.”
Glenwood (4-2, 4-1) .......................................... 8 14 15 12—49
Denison-Schleswig (4-3, 2-2) .......................................... 13 11 11 0—35
G: Corey Bertini 5, Braden Wheeler 5, Jacob Lewis 7, Dylan Stouder 3, Gage Shatava 25, Scout Crow 4, Drew Konfrst 3.
D: Spencer Pauley 11, Nathan Pardun 3, Parker Eller 14, Mitchel Kinsey 4, Jade Pauley 3.
Tri-Center girls 56, Riverside 39
Seniors Kaylee Grote and Nikki Paulson each turned in dominant halves for the Trojans (5-2), who pulled into a four-way tie in the Western Iowa Conference at 4-1, joining Treynor, IKM-Manning and Missouri Valley.
Grote, a quick 5-5 guard, scored 15 of her game-high 20 points in the first half, including four 3-pointers. She added seven steals and six assists. Paulson, another defensive ballhawk at 5-6, tallied 16 of her 18 in the second half, to go with five steals and four assists.
With Tri-Center leading just 34-28 midway through the third, Paulson converted a steal into a layup and then nailed a 3. Grote hit Paulson with a pretty behind-the-back bounce pass for a layup, giving the Trojans a 41-30 lead after three.
Paulson drained a 3 to start the fourth and then Grote converted a conventional three-point play. Paulson’s third 3 of the game made it 50-30.
Taylor Frain and Rachel Novotny had 10 points each for Riverside (1-7, 1-4).
Tri-Center (5-2, 4-1) .......................................... 11 17 13 15—56
Riverside (1-7, 1-4) .......................................... 6 12 12 9—39
TC: Hailee Hansen 2, Mackenzie Anderson 6, Kaylee Grote 20, Kirsten Lehan 3, Morgan Sullivan 1, Nikki Paulson 18, Anita Kline 2.
R: Grace Gleaves 2, Bailey McCready 8, Rachel Novotny 10, Sheyenne Smith 9, Taylor Frain 10.
Glenwood girls 39, Denison-Schleswig 34
Denison-Schleswig had a 3-pointer to tie the game with less than a minute to go, but it was off the mark.
Bailey Starner and Reiny Ostrander each split a pair of free throws to push the margin to five in the final seconds.
Halie Darrow, a 5-7 junior, led Glenwood with 16 points. Senior Valerie Johnson paced Denison-Schleswig with 11.
Glenwood (5-2, 4-1) .......................................... 5 15 9 10—39
Denison-Schleswig (3-4, 1-4) .......................................... 5 12 6 11—34
G: Reiny Ostrander 4, Halie Darrow 16, Sydney Gutschenritter 4, Bailey Starner 3, Sara Gutschenritter 5, Hayley Matthews 7.
D: Sadie Petersen 3, Mariah Krohnke 4, Amber Hrabik 5, Samantha Pick 4, Valerie Johnson 11, Jacqueline Ingram 7.