Columbus triumphs for initial win

Union photo by Doug Brenneman

Michelle Diaz shoots for Columbus in a December game against Sigourney. Columbus defeated Hillcrest Friday 32-26 for its first win this season.
Union photo by Doug Brenneman Michelle Diaz shoots for Columbus in a December game against Sigourney. Columbus defeated Hillcrest Friday 32-26 for its first win this season.

COLUMBUS JUNCTION — The Columbus High School girls basketball team secured its first victory this season Friday when it defeated the visitors from Hillcrest Academy, 32-26, in a Southeast Iowa Super Conference North Division game.

The victory was the first of the season for the Wildcats.

“The girls were excited and proud of this accomplishment,” Columbus coach Katie coil said. “I was extremely proud of my team. They have been working hard in practice and it’s awesome to see that their hard work does pay off.”

The Wildcats trailed the Ravens at halftime 14-12 after leading at the end of the first quarter 8-6. Columbus took the lead again by the end of the third quarter 18-16 and outscored the Ravens 14-10 in the final frame.

“I think the difference was our defense,” Coils said. “We have been working on playing more aggressive and it showed with our rebounding and hustling.”

Olivia Carrier led the battle on the boards, finishing with a game-high 13 rebounds for Columbus. She also produced four points, three steals, two assists and two blocks.

Nine different players scored for Columbus, led by Jobie Lekwa with six points. Emma Milder, Daniela Cruz, Michelle Diaz and Libby White had four points apiece. Diaz snagged nine rebounds and Lekwa five. Milder had four assists, three rebounds and two steals.

Columbus is 1-9, 1-6 North and plays at Lone Tree tonight.

Hillcrest is 1-9, 1-7.

Esther Hughes led the way on the scoreboard for Hillcrest with 12 points, two blocks and nine rebounds. Yani Gutierrez recorded a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Golden Hawks fall

At Northeast in a River Valley Conference game, Mid-Prairie lost 60-47.

The Golden Hawks trailed 12-9 after a quarter and 24-21 at halftime but a 19-11 third-quarter deficit was the difference.

Maddie Nonnenmann led Mid-Prairie with 16 points and had six rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot. Teammate Myah Lugar had 12 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. Amara Jones handed out three assists, scored five points and swiped six steals.

Mid-Prairie has a 2-5 record overall and in the RVC and hosts Wilton tonight.

Huskies win second straight

Highland won its second consecutive game with a nonconference victory over English Valleys 44-39.

The Huskies had to persevere and rally for the win. Highland trailed 12-6 after the first quarter. The Huskies outscored the visitors 14-13 in the second quarter but trailed at halftime 25-20. A 14-7 third quarter advantage gave the home team a two-point edge at 34-32 starting the final stanza.

Alyssa Brase returned to action with a vengeance after suffering a concussion in December. Brase scored 19 points for Highland, including a 3-pointer and went 8 for 9 at the free throw line. She also had five offensive rebounds and eight defensive for a total of 13. She pilfered six steals with her defensive efforts. Highland freshman Abbi Stransky added 10 points, seven rebounds and five steals. Kayla Cerny contributed six points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.

The Huskies play their fourth of eight straight home games tonight, returning to SEISC North play when Hillcrest visits.

Eagles fall

Keota lost a road South Iowa Cedar League game 54-18.

Sky Weber had seven points and Taylor Kindred six for Keota.

Weber had five rebounds and Bailey Sieren also had five boards.

Keota has a 1-8 overall record and is 1-6 in the SICL. The Eagles host Colfax-Mingo Tuesday.

Panthers drop second straight

Pekin lost its second straight SEISC North Division game on the road, falling to No. 13 (Class 2A) Mediapolis 57-33. The Panthers lost at Louisa-Muscatine by 12 before Christmas.

The Panthers were slow out of the gate, trailing 17-5 after the first quarter, but lost the second quarter by just two points at 13-11 for a 28-16 halftime score. It was 45-23 after the third quarter.

Kerrigan Pope had 11 points to lead Pekin and Emilee Linder added nine points. Sophie Wittrock and Erika Coleman grabbed six rebounds apiece. Wittrock also had four steals and three assists.

Pekin had won its first six games and is now 6-2, all in the North. After a game at Cardinal Monday, the Panthers play at Wapello Friday.