Highland’s Alyssa Brase had a double-double Thursday in a road loss while fellow Huskies’ player Zack Lasek also produced a double-double in victory.
Ravens split with Falcons
The Hillcrest Ravens used a big third quarter on the way to a 60-39 win in their home opener Friday in Hillcrest Union. Up 25-22 at the half, the Ravens outscored the Falcons 22-6 in the third period to stake a 47-28 lead.
Eli Ours paced the attack for the Ravens with 21 points on 9 for 12 shooting, including three third-quarter treys, and had five steals. Kobe Borntrager had an active stat line, recording 12 points, 11 rebounds, six steals and three assists. Noah Miller followed with eight points, three assists, three steals and three rebounds.
“We played harder over a longer period of time than in our last time, and I liked the ball movement,” Hillcrest coach Dwight Gingerich said. “We were active on defense, which created good scoring opportunities.”
Hillcrest goes to 1-1 on the season and next plays at Mediapolis Tuesday.
The Hillcrest girls fell to 1-3 with a 66-23 loss to L-M.
Pekin sweeps past Wildcats
Pekin’s boys (2-0) took a 78-18 victory in this SEISC North Division game at Packwood.
Marco Martinez had nine points for Columbus (0-3).
The Columbus girls fell to 0-4 with a 55-22 loss. Lizbeth Paz had eight points for the Wildcats. Michelle Diaz had eight rebounds.
Pekin’s girls improved to 3-0 behind 18 points from Emilee Linder. Linder was 8 of 14 from the field, including 2 of 3 on 3-pointers. Sophie Wittrock added 10 points, going 2 of 5 on threes. Erika Coleman and Kerrigan Pope each snagged seven rebounds.
Highland splits games
The Huskies girls lost a non-divisional road game Thursday at Holy Trinity 53-31, then fell at home Friday to Mediapolis 68-35.
Against HTC, Alyssa Brase put up 16 points and took down 20 rebounds while she had 10 points and 10 rebounds against Mepo. Haley Sweeting produced nine points and 10 rebounds against Mepo.
The Huskies’ boys are 3-0 this season after HTC 57-46 and Mepo 61-40.
In the road game at HTC, Zack Lasek’s double-double of 22 points (10 of 13 on field goals) and 15 rebounds led the Huskies while Mason McFarland and Bill Laughlin added 10 points apiece.
In the home win, Highland led 25-8 after one quarter and 40-15 at halftime.
Keota stays unbeaten
The Eagles won two home boys games to improve to 3-0.
The Eagles felled Lone Tree Saturday 75-57 behind 38 points from JD Stout while Carson Sprouse added 14 points and Luke Hammen 11.
Friday, Keota scored a 66-56 South iowa Cedar League win as Stout scored 23, Hammen 16 and Sprouse 13.
The Eagle girls fell to 0-4 with a 33-18 loss to Belle Plaine Friday.
Mid-Prairie wins 1, loses 1
The Golden Hawk boys fell to 1-1 with a home loss to Tipton 57-48. Aidan Rath came off the bench to score 13 points. Ethan Trimpe added 12.
After two losses by a combined five points, the Mid-Prairie girls won their first game, notching a 35-28 win over the visitors from Tipton.
Phelan Hostetler had 13 points. Hawks teammate Myah Lugar had six rebounds. Amara Jones had five steals.
Hillcrest boys open season with loss
Hillcrest opened the season at Lone Tree Tuesday and came out on the short end of a hard-fought 70-64 score. Lone Tree jumped out early and led by as many as 12 points in the first half before the Ravens shaved the margin to seven on a buzzer beating three by Eli Ours to close the first half down 29-22.
The Lions moved the lead back to 12 at 34-22 with two minutes gone in the second half, and led 50-41 after three quarters. The Lions extended the lead to 58-45 with just over five minutes remaining. Less than a minute later Hillcrest lost Kobe Borntrager to fouls, and moments later Drew Blauvelt followed suit.
Down 63-49 with three minutes remaining, the Ravens went to work. Noah Miller and London Schrock completed three-point plays, and then Ours and Miller each followed with a bucket, and suddenly it was 63-59 with two minutes remaining. Hillcrest had a chance to cut it to two, but missed the opportunity, and then it was Keegan Edwards salting it away with free throws down the stretch for the Lions.
Ours led the way for Hillcrest with 28 points, including four treys, and had four assists. Miller tallied 10 points, and Borntrager added eight points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. John Hughes had five rebounds to go with six points, and Will Kolck added five points and four rebounds. Drew Blauvelt picked up three steals and two assists. Schrock finished with three points, and Aaron Hershberger and Blauvelt rounded out the scoring with two points apiece.