No. 4 Lynx use early run for a big rebound in MAC

Council Bluffs Lewis Central's Alexis Spielman attempts a shot over the Norwalk's Kierstin Vaske on Saturday.


COUNCIL BLUFFS — Even after Friday night’s humbling defeat, the Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln girls were back at it Saturday morning, banging on lockers in their usual pregame ritual and ready to bring some energy.

The Lynx trailed 47-20 at halftime in Friday’s 73-47 loss at Class 4-A No. 1 Sioux City Heelan. But you wouldn’t have known it from watching them Saturday as they rebounded to snap Treynor’s 11-game winning streak in a 59-45 victory at the MAC Shootout at the Mid-America Center.

Senior Taylor Volentine said the Lynx have a pregame ritual where they pound on lockers, among other things.

“We do like a cheer and some claps and junk,” Volentine said. “And then we do our Lincoln roll call. We just came out like nothing happened.”

Indeed, the Lynx cranked it into high gear early in Saturday’s contest. After Lexis Rogers’ 3-pointer staked Treynor to a 5-2 lead, the Lynx ripped off 20 of the next 22 points. Maddie Rief’s putback completed the run to give Abraham Lincoln a 22-7 lead with six minutes left in the second quarter. Treynor never really threatened after that.

“We obviously got home late, and had to turn around and play a 12:30 game, just like they did,” Lynx coach Chad Schaa said. “That was a huge concern. How are we going to respond today against a good team, and our girls did a nice job.”

Abraham Lincoln, rated fourth in western Iowa (Class 5-A/4-A/3-A), did it by doing what it does best, harassing the opponent with strong team defense and displaying outstanding balance on offense.

“We were definitely stressing putting pressure on the ball and putting pressure up on those wings, because we haven’t been doing that,” Schaa said. “And if we could do that, maybe we’d alter some of the things they wanted to do. I think that really did happen in some cases.”

Olivia Leisinger, a 6-foot senior, led four Lynx in double figures with 14 points to go with her seven rebounds. Delaney Bolton added 11 points, while Lauren Meeker and Volentine pitched in 10 apiece. At 5-4, Ali Heithoff shared the team lead with seven rebounds to go with three assists and a pair of steals. And Rief was instrumental in Abraham Lincoln’s early run, scoring all eight of her points before the break.

“Maddie had an excellent game,” Schaa said. “She did some nice things coming off the bench.”

Suffice to say, the Lynx left the arena feeling better about themselves than they did driving down I-29 Friday night.

“After last night, they were really kind of down,” Schaa said. “It hurt. But they did a nice job turning it around.”

Gracie Myers came off the bench to lead WI No. 5 (2-A/1-A) Treynor with 15 points and five rebounds.

Treynor (11-2).........................................7 12    9 17—45

At CB Abraham Lincoln (11-3)..................15 17 13 14—59

T: Lexis Rogers 3-7 0-0 8, Tracy Purdy 1-6 0-0 2, Chaley Rath 3-4 4-8 10, Kayli Christensen 2-8 0-0 4, Paige Volkens 0-0 2-2 2, Kapri Mann 0-3 0-0 0, Gracie Myers 6-9 3-4 15, Lexis Woods 1-3 0-2 2, Callie Calfee 1-4 0-0 2, Kaitlin Killinger 0-2 0-1 0, Taylor Peatrowski 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-46 9-17 45.

AL: Ali Heithoff 3-10 0-0 6, Delaney Bolton 3-7 3-4 11, Lauren Meeker 4-11 2-2 10, Taylor Volentine 3-6 4-9 10, Olivia Leisinger 7-13 0-0 14, Madacyn Rief 4-9 0-0 8, Kelsey Johnson 0-2 0-0 0, Alexa Murphy 0-0 0-2 0. Totals: 24-58 9-17 59.

3-point goals: T 2-10 (Rogers 2-5, Calfee 0-1, Rath 0-1, Purdy 0-3), AL 2-9 (Bolton 2-3, Volentine 0-1, Heithoff 0-2, Rief 0-3). Total fouls: T 15, AL 15. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: none. Rebounds: T 29 (Christensen 5, Myers 5), AL 40 (Heithoff 7, Leisinger 7). Assists: T 7 (Purdy 3), AL 6 (Heithoff 3). Steals: T 5 (Purdy 2), AL 6 (Heithoff 2, Bolton 2). Turnovers: T 18, AL 15.

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Waters, Crouse lead Underwood past Lo-Ma

COUNCIL BLUFFS — Brian Rasmussen knew his team had been making positive strides, and it finally turned a corner.

The Underwood girls basketball coach guided his squad to its first win of the season — a 41-34 victory over Logan-Magnolia — at the Methodist Jennie Ed Shootout at the Mid-America Center.

Allison Waters led the Eagles with 11 points and 18 rebounds, and Lea Crouse added 13 points for the winners.

“We got that monkey off our back and got our first W of the year,” Rasmussen said. “It feels good. The girls have been playing really well lately; we just haven't had a lot to show for it.”

A big reason for Saturday's success was the Eagles' rebounding. Underwood held a 48-26 advantage on the glass. Waters did her usual damage on the boards. Standing only 5-foot-6, she's currently Iowa's all-class leader in rebounds per game, averaging 16.2.

“She's been pretty consistent with that all year,” Rasmussen said. “She gets to the glass pretty well, and it kind of becomes contagious with some of our other girls. She had a good game.”

Despite the rebounding advantage, Underwood found itself in a tie game heading into the fourth quarter.

But the Eagles used free throws to close the game on an 8-2 run in the final 4:24 to seal the deal.

Rasmussen said the victory is a sign of his team's maturation.

“A month ago, we may have lost that basketball game because we would have gotten tight,” he said. “We played with poise down the stretch, and it came down to making free throws. We won the free-throw contest.”

Logan-Magnolia (2-15)............................12 5 12 5—34

Underwood (1-13)...........................14 6 9 12—41

LM: Kia Fender 8-23 2-8 18, Maysen Jones 2-10 7-8 11, Abby Straight 1-10 0-1 2, Joeana Healey 0-1 0-1 0, Erin Peschel 0-1 3-4 3, Ally Willis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 11-45 12-22 34.

U: Tori Martinez 2-6 0-0 4, Lea Crouse 4-10 3-4 13, Chelsie Hardesty 1-8 2-2 4, Allison Waters 4-9 3-4 11, Ally Freese 1-5 1-3 3, Madeline Stephens 2-6 2-2 6, Robi Fanslau 0-4 0-0 0, Lexi Keller 0-2 0-0 0, Tiffany Kephart 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 14-50 11-15 41.

3-point goals: LM 0-5 (Fender 0-4, Straight 0-1). U: 2-18 (Martinez 0-2, Crouse 2-5, Hardesty 0-1, Freese 0-3, Stephens 0-2, Fanslau 0-4, Keller 0-1). Rebounds: LM 26 (Jones 7). U: 48 (Waters 18). Turnovers: LM 20, U 25.

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Council Bluffs Lewis Central 36, Norwalk 19

If basketball fans are to learn anything from Lewis Central's last two games, it's that defense makes this team click.

On the heels of a 56-18 drubbing of Glenwood Friday, the Class 4-A No. 10 Titans nearly bettered that performance Saturday at the Jennie Ed Shootout in a 36-19 victory over Norwalk.

Everything worked on the defensive end for L.C. Norwalk made only seven field goals in the game while shooting just 21 percent from the field.

Even the referees had a hand in slowing the offense. Officials mistakenly played with a boys basketball for the first 2:53 of the contest before they realized the error.

Despite all that, the Titans carried only a 23-15 lead into the fourth quarter. But they outscored Norwalk 13-4 in the final period to pull away.

While L.C. coach Derek Archer would like to see more from his offense, he can't help but be pleased with the play on the other side of the ball.

“The defensive effort was good,” he said. “We gave up the baseline a bit too much out of our 2-3 zone, but other than that, their effort has been fantastic the last couple games.”

Alexis Spielman led the Titans with 17 points and seven rebounds while Aubrey Norville added 13 points for the winners.

Norwalk (5-7)..............................5 3 7 4—19

CB Lewis Central (9-1)..............7 7 9 13—36

N: Devin Brown 1-3 0-0 3, Calyn Thompson 0-2 0-0 0, Paige Lammers 2-8 0-0 5, Jenn Villegas 1-4 0-1 2, Elyse Rice 0-2 2-2 2, Tori VanVelzen 0-0 0-0 0, Dana Billingsley 1-3 0-0 2, Jaycie Owens 0-2 0-0 0, Hanna Hegland 1-5 0-0 2, Kierstin Vaske 0-1 0-0 0, Sidney Logan 1-2 1-2 3, Hannah Poppens 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 7-32 3-5 19.

LC: Natalie Madsen 0-3 2-4 2, Paige Beacom 2-8 0-0 4, Alexis Spielman 6-13 4-5 17, Aubrey Norville 4-6 5-5 13, Kye Madsen 0-2 0-0 0, Rylee Higgins 0-1 0-0 0, Dana Doebelin 0-2 0-0 0, Amy Pedersen 0-1 0-0 0, MacKenzie Hatcher 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 12-35 11-14 36.

3-point goals: N 2-15 (Brown 1-3, Thompson 0-1, Lammers 1-7, Villegas 0-1, Hegland 0-3), LC 1-13 (Madsen 0-3, Beacom 0-4, Spielman 1-1, Madsen 0-2, Higgins 0-1, Doebelin 0-1, Hatcher 0-1). Rebounds: N 19 (VanVelzen 5), LC 24 (Spielman 7). Turnovers: N 16, LC 10.

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Missouri Valley girls 38, Council Bluffs St. Albert 37

St. Albert waited just a bit too long to make a run at victory Saturday.

Missouri Valley held the Saintes to just three points in the first 5:57 of the fourth quarter while leading 36-30.

The Lady Reds seemed to have the game wrapped up until a cluster of late turnovers turned what appeared to be a sure victory into a nail-biter.

St. Albert's Nevada Meis converted a bucket with 1:41 remaining to cut the margin to four. A Mo. Valley turnover led to an Alli Wettengel three-point play with 31.2 seconds left, and the Saintes found themselves down only a point at 36-35.

Mo. Valley's Rachelle Housh converted one of two free throws to increase the lead to two with 22 ticks left. Allison Cox then attempted a shot to tie the game for the Saintes, but it was off the mark. Housh got the rebound, was fouled and made one of two from the charity stripe to make it 38-35 with just under six seconds to play.

St. Albert had a chance to tie the game, but failed to attempt a 3-pointer, resulting in its one-point loss.

St. Albert's Kylie Ferguson led all scorers with 16 points and added 15 rebounds. Wettengel chipped in 11 points.

Taylor Gardner and Housh led the Lady Reds with 11 points each, and Hailey Hellstrom contributed seven points and 11 rebounds.

Missouri Valley (11-3)............................8 15 9 6—38

Council Bluffs St. Albert (6-4)......................11 6 10 10—37

MV: Taylor Gardner 3-6 4-6 11, Haley Stueve 0-2 0-0 0, Baily Janssen 3-7 1-2 7, Rachelle Housh 3-9 4-6 11, Hailey Hellstrom 3-10 0-1 7, Sierra Ford 0-0 0-0 0, Rebecca Taylo 1-2 0-0 2, Kyra Skelton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 13-36 9-15 38.

SA: Faye Assmann 0-4 0-0 0, Kylie Ferguson 5-25 5-8 16, Josie Thomas 0-1 0-2 0, Alli Wettengel 4-11 1-3 11, Nicole Rollins 0-3 2-4 2, Matti Munger 0-2 3-5 3, Allison Cox 0-2 0-0 0, Krisann Stephany 0-0 0-0 0, Emma Munger 0-0 0-0 0, Nevada Meis 2-4 1-2 5. Totals: 11-52 12-24 37.

3-point goals: MV 3-7 (Gardner 1-2, Janssen 0-1, Housh 1-3, Hellstrom 1-1), SA 3-15 (Assmann 0-1, Ferguson 1-7, Wettengel 2-7). Rebounds: MV: 41 (Hellstrom 11), SA 30 (Ferguson 15). Turnovers: MV 19, SA 8.

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