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A thrilling conference win by Columbus highlighted what was a full weekend of area girls basketball.
Columbus 43, Louisa-Muscatine 36 (OT)
Columbus gave up just two points in overtime of a seven-point Southeast Iowa Super Conference North Division win.
Columbus battled back from a 24-23 deficit after the third quarter, and the game went into overtime tied at 34-34, but it was all Wildcats in the extra period.
Sera Vela scored 14 points in the win. Ariana Vergara had 11 points and eight steals. Lily Coil scored nine points. Aracely Garza scored just three points, but yanked down 13 rebounds.
Central Lee 72, New London 35
After losing by just 10 points earlier this season, New London struggled against the hosting Hawks, trailing 39-21 at halftime and 61-32 after three quarters of a SEISC South Division loss.
Natalie Burden had a nice night, despite the loss. She went for 14 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Mylee Miller finished with eight points and four assists, and Sophie Malott had seven points and six rebounds.
No. 11 (1A) Notre Dame 65, Van Buren County 24
The Warriors became the latest South Division team to struggle against Notre Dame, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t give them a first-half sweat.
Van Buren County trailed just 15-10 after one quarter and 25-19 at halftime, but end the end, the Nikes were too much.
Davis County 50, Van Buren County 34 (Saturday)
One day after the Notre Dame loss, Van Buren County welcomed in Davis County for a non-conference showdown.
Davis County led 19-8 after one quarter and 29-15 at the half in route to a 16-point victory.
Mid-Prairie 76, Tipton 43
The Golden Hawks thrashed Tipton in a River Valley South battle. Mid-Prairie erupted in the first half to lead 44-15 at the break, and they never looked back.
Landry Pacha finished the night with 16 points and nine rebounds to lead Mid-Prairie. Nora Pennington scored 15 points and led the team with seven steals. Josie Greiner finished with 12, and Amara Jones finished with 11 points, seven assists and five steals.
English Valleys 39, Keota 33 (Thursday)
The Eagles gave English Valleys quite a battle but couldn’t pull it out in the end.
After leading 9-6 after one quarter and 16-15 at halftime, Keota was outscored by seven in the second half.
Kimberly Clarahan had a nice game, going for 10 points and 10 rebounds. Nicole Clarahan scored seven points and pulled down six rebounds. Macie McDonald finished with six points and three assists.
Centerville 53 Cardinal 46
After falling by 46 points in the first matchup between these two teams, Cardinal played Centerville right down to the final minutes.
Centerville sneaked out of Eldon with a seven-point win, but it was the second-straight single-digit loss for the Comets.
WACO 60, Wapello 27
The Warriors made quick work of the Arrows in a SEISC North road game, jumping out to an early 18-5 lead and cruising from that point on.
Ellah Kissll hit six 3-pointers en route to a 28-point game. Marie Farmer finished with nine, and Halle Shelman put up eight.
WACO 66, Hillcrest Academy 36 (Thursday)
One day before their road win over Wapello, the Warriors downed Hillcrest Academy in another SEISC North clash.
Kissell finished with 30 points to lead WACO. Grace Coble scored 16, and Katie Leichty had 12.
Claire Withrow went for 22 points to lead Hillcrest Academy. Malia Yoder scored five points, and Niva Helmuth had four points and seven rebounds.
No. 10 (1A) Winfield-Mount Union 65, Pekin 31
The Wolves stayed unbeaten with a dominant road win, thanks in part to an 18-point performance from Keely Malone. Keetyn Townsley scored 16 points, and Bradie Buffington finished with 10.
Pekin’s Brooke Miller put up 11 points and six rebounds in the loss. Abby Guise had seven points, and Alex Parsons scored five.
Lone Tree 51, Highland 38
The Huskies gave a fight to the third-place Lions, but Lone Tree turned a 34-31 lead at the end of the third quarter to a 13-point win.
Sarah Burton had another monster game, going for 17 points, 18 rebounds, four steals and three blocks in the game. Jessica Kraus and Stella Slaymaker scored six points each. Katelyn Waters had five points and seven assists.