MANNING, Iowa — Whenever the Treynor and IKM-Manning boys meet on the hardwood, it’s turning into must-see basketball.
The programs met twice last year during the regular season, with IKM-Manning sweeping the series. They met again in the Class 2-A substate finals with Treynor earning a three-point triumph en route to its first state championship.
This year, the Western Iowa Conference rivalry has a slightly different feel. Treynor is still competing in 2-A, but the Wolves dropped to 1-A.
That didn’t take away from the teams’ first matchup of the regular season Friday. The 2-A, No. 4 Cardinals scored six of the first eight points of the fourth quarter to extend a 50-48 lead and limited the Wolves to seven points in the frame on Treynor’s way to a 63-55 victory.
Treynor coach Scott Rucker admitted that his team’s approach to Friday’s matchup was different, knowing they wouldn’t see the same opponent in the postseason.
“It’s changed a lot,” he said. “When you know you don’t have to play somebody in the postseason, you don’t have to hold anything back.
“Last year, we had three quarters of our playbook in our back pocket, because we knew the one we wanted. This one was a more true reflection of what we are maybe.”
The Cardinals still know the importance of beating a team with the talent of the 1-A, No. 4 Wolves. They now sit alone atop the WIC standings at 9-0 overall and 8-0 in conference play. IKM-Manning dropped to 9-1 and 7-1.
“It was a big win for us, especially on the road against a really good IKM team,” said Treynor senior Matt Deitchler, who scored a game-high 21 points and added 10 rebounds and three assists. “We just really played together and got it done.”
Treynor led by 11 in the first quarter, but the Wolves answered with a 14-2 run to take a 24-23 lead with 5:31 left in the second quarter, their first advantage of the game.
The game was tied 33-33 at the half before Treynor got some separation in the third quarter. A Deitchler basket with 3:01 left in the stanza gave Treynor a 48-42 lead.
But the Wolves used 6-foot-3 junior Ben Wegner to get back in contention. He scored the Wolves’ final six points of the third and first two of the fourth as part of a personal 8-2 run to even the score 50-50 with 7:45 to go in the game.
That marked the final tie of the game. Treynor answered with six straight points using a basket from Nate Hill and two free throws each from Deitchler and Kaleb Elwood for a 56-50 advantage with 5:05 left.
IKM-Manning cut its deficit to 56-54 after scores from Austin Dahlgren and Ridge Muhlbauer, but Treynor answered with a 5-0 run which featured Trey Castle baskets on back-to-back possessions for a 61-54 lead with 1:01 to play. The advantage never dipped below five the rest of the way.
A big reason the Cardinals left victorious was their play on IKM-Manning leading scorer Kyle Wagner, who entered Friday averaging 23.4 points per game. He was limited to 10 points, including two in the second half, making 5 of 20 shots overall. Fellow senior Jared Vollstedt scored 14 in the first half, but was held scoreless in the final 16 minutes.
“They’re really talented, and we probably got fortunate a little bit because they just missed some shots,” Rucker said.
In addition to Deitchler, Nolan Chapman and Hill each finished with 15 for the Cardinals. Trey Castle added eight points and seven assists.
Outside of Vollstedt and Wagner, Jon Brandt had 13 for the Wolves and Wegner 12.
IKM-Manning coach Keith Wagner couldn’t fault the effort from his team. The Wolves were in position to win the game in the fourth quarter, but they made just 3 of 13 shots in the frame.
“We had great shots,” he said. “We had four really good looks and missed them all. I’d take those shots every time.
“The other thing is that they killed us on the backboard late in the game. That has killed us twice in a row against them. That’s something they really do a good job at. Rebounding was a big part of the game.”
Treynor (9-0, 8-0) ........................................... 21 12 17 13—63
At IKM-Manning (9-1, 7-1) ............................. 16 17 15 7—55
T: Dillon Faubel 1-5 0-0 2, Trey Castle 4-5 0-0 8, Nate Hill 6-11 1-6 15, Nolan Chapman 5-16 4-6 15, Matt Deitchler 7-11 6-7 21, Kaleb Elwood 0-0 2-3 2. Totals: 23-48 13-22 63.
IKMM: Jon Brandt 5-9 2-2 13, Ben Wegner 4-6 4-6 12, Jared Vollstedt 5-13 1-3 14, Austin Dahlgren 1-3 0-0 2, Kyle Wagner 5-20 0-0 10, Ridge Muhlbauer 1-2 2-4 4, Noah Harlow 0-0 0-0 0, Jared Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-53 9-15 55.
3-point goals: T 4-19 (Faubel 0-4, Hill 2-6, Chapman 1-8, Deitchler 1-1), IKMM 4-14 (Brandt 1-2, Vollstedt 3-6, Wagner 0-6). Rebounds: T 32 (Deitchler 10), IKMM 27 (Wagner 8). Assists: T 16 (Castle 7), IKMM 8 (Vollstedt 5). Steals: T 3 (Hill 2), IKMM 5 (Vollstedt 3), Blocks: T 3 (3 with 1), IKMM 1 (Wegner). Turnovers: T 14, IKMM 11.
Treynor girls 55, IKM-Manning 49
Class 2-A No. 13 Treynor remained unbeaten by outscoring IKM-Manning 19-9 in the fourth quarter, turning a three-point deficit into a victory.
Treynor freshman Konnor Sudmann led the Cardinals with a game-high 26 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, when she made 7 of 8 free throws to help close the game. Sophomore Madelyn Deitchler added 17 points.
Shauna Reitan paced IKM-Manning with 16 points and Kia Rasmussen added 12 for the Wolves.
Treynor (9-0, 8-0) ........................................... 17 10 9 19—55
At IKM-Manning (7-3, 5-3) ............................. 9 14 16 10—49
T: Sarah Duysen 2, Konnor Sudmann 26, Madelyn Deitchler 17, Randi Robinson 4, Abby Tiarks 6.
IKMM: Kia Rasmussen 12, Shauna Reitan 16, Rylie Muhlbauer 2, Peyton Gross 4, Kira Barry 6, Caitlin Muhlbauer 1, Madison Lingle 8.
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