With Iowa’s leading scorer and rebounder on the court, one of the game’s most unassuming players stole the show. Junior Kaleb Anderson, all 5-foot-7 and 125 pounds of him, drained 6 of 9 from 3-point range and finished with 20 points as visiting Lenox handled Nodaway Valley 73-61 Thursday in a key Pride of Iowa Conference boys basketball matchup.

Spencer Brown says having height has its perks. There are exceptions, however. The 6-foot-8 Lenox High senior has always been bigger than his classmates. During recess in elementary school, that didn’t always mean a great experience.

Standing 6-foot-8 and weighing 240 pounds, Spencer Brown is usually the one blocking as someone else runs the football. That was true for all but one play in a key Iowa Eight-Man, District 8 showdown Friday night. With his Lenox team clinging to a two-point lead over East Mills in the third quarter, the senior took the handoff and scored from 2 yards out. The sequence turned out to be the beginning of 24 unanswered points as the ninth-rated Tigers pulled away from the Wolverines 38-12.

It took a walk and two bang-bang plays for Caleb Wichman to work his way around the bases. When the Underwood junior eventually slid home in the eighth inning, the Eagles could finally celebrate a trip to the state baseball tournament.

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