In a game heard right here on KCHA on Saturday, the seventh ranked Charles City Comet boys basketball team played against second ranked Mount Pleasant at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids. The Comets fell behind early in the game and were down by double-digits at times in both halves. Charles City would get its best chance to come back early in the fourth quarter when they trimmed the lead down to five and they had possession of the ball. They just weren’t able to get that big bucket though and Mount Pleasant pulled away again, hit their free throws at the end and beat the Comets by a final score of 55-41. The Comet boys are now 12-2 overall this season and they will have their next game on Friday night at Oelwein.
The Charles City Comet girls basketball team hosted Crestwood on Friday night in a Northeast Iowa Conference match-up. The top-ranked Cadets had their way with the Comets and won the game 72-15. The Charles City girls drop to 0-14 overall this season and they are now 0-8 in the NEIC. Their next game will be Friday at Oelwein as well.
The Nashua-Plainfield girls and boys basketball teams were in Manly on Friday night for their Top of Iowa Conference games against Central Springs. In the girls game, Nashua could not keep pace with the Panther offense and lost the game 64-37. Britney Holthaus had 12 points to lead the Huskies who fall to 2-14 overall and they are now 1-11 in the conference. In the boys game, a big second quarter lifted the Huskies to a 20-point halftime lead and they were able to coast their way to a 78-50 win. Mitchell Malven had 18 points to lead Nashua, Dayton Hansen had 16 and Hustin Bienemann finished with 14 points. The Husky boys improve to 8-7 overall this season and they are 6-6 in conference games. Both the Nashua boys and girls will be back in action tomorrow night at home against Saint Ansgar.
The Saint Ansgar Saints girls and boys basketball teams hosted North Butler on Friday night in a Top of Iowa Conference double-header. In the girls game, Saint Ansgar outscored the Bearcats in each of the first three quarters to build a 48-22 lead going into the fourth and held on to win the game 48-29. Molly Jenkins scored 15 points for the Saints in the win and Hali Anderson added 14. The Saint Ansgar girls are now 8-7 overall and their conference record moves to 5-6 while the North Butler girls fall to 8-7 and 6-6. The boys game was close throughout the first three quarters with the Bearcats leading by one point heading into the final frame. Saint Ansgar would dominate the fourth quarter as they outscored North Butler 20-9 and won the game 48-38. Ethan Kirchgatter had 17 points to lead the Saints and his teammate Colin Kramer had 13. The Saint Ansgar boys improve to 9-5 overall and they are now 6-5 in league play while the Bearcat boys fall to 6-7 and 5-7. The Saint Ansgar boys and girls will play again tomorrow night at Nashua and the Bearcat boys and girls will take on Osage tomorrow night in Osage.
The Rockford Warrior girls and boys basketball teams were in a Top of Iowa Conference double-header on Friday night at Northwood-Kensett. The Warrior girls used an 18-2 run in the fourth quarter to come away with a 44-28 win. Kayla Carroll led the Rockford girls with 16 points and Morgan Thieman had 10 as the Warrior girls improve to 4-11 overall and 4-7 in the conference. In the boys game, Rockford was dominant in route to a 67-37 win. Zach Bushbaum and Kaden Lyman each had 15 points to lead the Warriors and Max Rooney chipped in with 10. The Rockford boys are now 12-3 overall and their conference record improves to 9-2. Both the Warrior girls and boys will be at home tomorrow night for their games against Mason City Newman.