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Boys basketball roundup: Keota sinks Sigourney
This weekend’s small school basketball slate saw some dominant wins from Mid-Prairie, WACO, Winfield-Mount Union. Keota upended rival Sigourney, and Hillcrest Academy split weekend games after a one-point loss on Friday.
Mid-Prairie 65, West Liberty 44
The Golden Hawks used a 23-point second quarter to open up a 32-21 halftime lead against River Valley South rival West Liberty.
Camron Pickard finished with 14 points and six assists to lead the way. Dylan Henry scored 13.
Keota 67, Sigourney 55
The Eagles won every quarter in a South Iowa Cedar League victory against next-door neighbor Sigourney.
Evan Vittetoe went off for 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Eagles. Cole Kindred had 15 points. Sawyer Stout finished with 14 points. Beillie Kindred scored 10 points and led the team with 13 rebounds.
Winfield-Mount Union 58, Wapello 25
The Wolves’ defense was on point in a home win against Wapello, giving up just eight points in the first half and 25 overall in a Southeast Iowa Super Conference North Division victory.
Cam Buffington filled the stat sheet with 15 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Abram Edwards had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Andrew Brown and Eli Miller each scored six.
No. 3 (1A) WACO 94, Columbus 29
The unbeaten Warriors continued to dominate in a SEISC North road win at Columbus. WACO had 11 players score in the victory.
Cody Graber finished the night with 15 points to lead the Warriors. Odee Shtefanchuk had 14 points, and Simeon Reichenbach finished with 12.
Louisa-Muscatine 47, Hillcrest Academy 46
The Ravens lost a heartbreaker at home after leading 25-18 at halftime against Louisa-Muscatine.
It was only the Falcons’ third win over Hillcrest since 2015. All three of those victories came by one point.
Hillcrest Academy 59, West Liberty 51 (Saturday)
The Ravens snapped back into it one night into it with an eight-point win over West Liberty. Hillcrest Academy had a dominant 23-6 first quarter and staved off a late West Liberty rally.
New London 69, Holy Trinity 47
New London took an early lead and never looked back in a 22-point SEISC South road win.
Blaise Porter scored 25 points and also led the team with five steals in the win. Kade Benjamin had 17 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks, and Rylan Martin finished with 14 points.
Central Lee 42, Van Buren County 38
The Warriors were neck-and-neck from start to finish against the Hawks, but Central Lee pulled out the four-point win.
Van Buren County held a 7-6 lead after one quarter, but Central Lee rallied to lead 16-14 at halftime and 26-24 after three quarters.