January 26, 2021

Area girls basketball roundup: Mount Ayr, Lenox beat up Bedford; Diagonal wins back-to-back

Melcher-Dallas 44, Murray 34

MELCHER-DALLAS – Murray (8-5) lost to Melcher-Dallas (4-2) Tuesday night, 44-34, snapping a three-game winning streak for the Lady Mustangs.

The game needed overtime as game hit OT tied at 32-32. A Kinzee Eggers 3-pointer banked off the glass with three seconds left on the clock to send the Lady Mustangs to the extra frame.

However, Murray couldn’t carry its success into overtime. Murray scored one basket as Melcher-Dallas outscored the Lady Mustangs 12-2 for the win.

Leading in scoring for Murray was Megan Keller with 11 points and six rebounds. Eggers scored 10 points.

“Kinzee made a three with two seconds left in the game to force overtime, but in OT we had used up too many fouls trying to get back in the game and lost three girls in OT,” said Murray head coach Keith Shields.

Mount Ayr 58, Southwest Valley 28

MOUNT AYR – Mount Ayr (10-2) toppled Southwest Valley (1-9) Tuesday night, rolling to a 58-28 win over the Timberwolves.

Mount Ayr stormed ahead with a 20-3 second quarter after holding a six-point lead through the first eight minutes. Five points in the fourth quarter by Mount Ayr was the lowest it scored all night, but the game was well out of reach for the Timberwolves to make a comeback.

Maggie Haer led SWV in points with seven. Rachel Sobotka’s 12 points for the Raiderettes was tied by Maddie Stewart for the team-high.

Sobotka had 13 rebounds, completing a double-double. Stewart had five assists and five steals, both game-highs.

Lenox 61, Bedford 31

BEDFORD – Lenox (9-2) blew out Bedford (3-9) Tuesday night in a 61-31 score.

Bedford was unable to stop a Lenox attack in the first quarter that hauled off for a wide margin before the break. Entering the half, the Tigers led 36-11 and coasted for a win in the second half while still outscoring the Bulldogs.

TJ Stoaks scored 15 points with nine rebounds, and Cassidy Nelson scored 14 points with nine boards and a team-leading six steals. Kambire Michel grabbed 14 boards, and Jordan England grabbed 10 rebounds.

Diagonal 57, Essex 45

ESSEX – Diagonal (3-8) won its second straight game Monday night, winning 57-45 over Essex (2-7).

The Maroonettes had a 19-point first quarter, holding a five-point lead through the first frame. At the half, Diagonal led by 29-24.

Diagonal outscored Essex in both the third and fourth quarter to lock up the win.

Diagonal stats were unavailable at time of press.

Murray 48, Moravia 34

MURRAY – Murray beat Moravia (6-5) Friday night, winning 48-34.

The Lady Mustangs led by five at the half and blew the game open with an 18-8 third quarter in their favor. From the field, Murray shot 41.9% to Moravia’s 21.2%.

Leading in scoring was Eggers with 17 points on 8 of 16 shooting. She had seven assists, also a team-high.

Jayda Chew had nine points, four rebounds and three assists and steals, each.

“Started out slow for the second night in a row,” said Jerry Shields. “[We] had good second and third quarters to be able to build a lead.”

Southeast Warren 44, East Union 27

LIBERTY CENTER – Southeast Warren (6-3) beat East Union (3-8) Friday night 44-27.

SEW took an 11-point advantage into the second quarter and saw it cut by four on a 10-6 quarter by East Union. Still leading at the half, the Warhawks didn’t break as East Union struggled to best them in the third and fourth quarters.

Southeast Warren scored 15 points to East Union’s four in the fourth quarter to close out the game.

Kaylin Lack led in scoring for East Union with 11 points and eight rebounds. Karah Kirkland had 11 rebounds and six points.

Diagonal 42, Ankeny Christian 38

ANKENY – Diagonal picked up its second win of the season Friday, beating Ankeny Christian (0-11) 42-38.

The win for Diagonal makes it eight straight over the Eagles, with the last loss coming in Feb. 2015 to Ankeny Christian.

Diagonal trailed by four entering halftime, but a 10-4 third quarter and a 16-13 fourth quarter put Diagonal ahead down the stretch. The Maroons held on for their first win since Dec. 4 (43-30 over Moulton Udell).

Leading in scoring for the Panthers was Alaina Whittington with 19 points and nine rebounds. Taylor Lumbard had 22 steals and 13 points for an unconventional double-double.

Mount Ayr 57, Bedford 30

BEDFORD – Mount Ayr rolled past Bedford Friday night in a 57-30 final.

The Raiderettes dominated the Bulldogs in the first 16 minutes, holding Bedford to 11 points at the break. Leading 39-11, Mount Ayr played nearly an even game with Bedford for the second half to hold the advantage.

Leading in points for Mount Ayr was Stewart, Sobotka and Channler Henle – all with 10 points. Alexa Anderson had 10 rebounds and fell one point shy of a double-double with nine points.

Lamoni 61, Orient-Macksburg 22

LAMONI – Orient-Macksburg (2-7) fell in Bluegrass Conference action Friday night, losing to Lamoni 61-22.

At the half, O-M trailed 36-12 and couldn’t muster any attack against the Demons.

Leading in scoring was Christa Cass and Caitlyn Gist with 10 points each.

Murray 54, East Union 45

MURRAY – Murray beat East Union Thursday, topping the Eagles 54-45.

East Union was outscored 21-9 in the second quarter after holding a 7-4 advantage through the first. Murray held the advantage through the second half, limiting East Union to a 34% field goal percentage.

Leading in scoring for East Union was Lack’s 15 points on 7 of 18 shooting. Eggers led for Murray, scoring 16 points with five rebounds.

Noelle McKnight scored 11 points for EU, and Teryn Shields and Chew scored 13 and 11 points, respectively for Murray.

“Had a lack luster first quarter, again missing a ton of bunnies,” said Keith Shields. “Finally started hitting some baskets, making some good back door cuts, and ended up going on a 13-2 run to end the (first) half.”

Lamoni 41, Diagonal 38

DIAGONAL – Lamoni (7-3) narrowly escaped with a win over Diagonal Thursday night, winning 41-38 over the Maroonettes.

Diagonal held the game to within five at 16-11 entering halftime but couldn’t cut it closer through the second half, leading to the loss.

Leading in scoring for Diagonal was Anna Newton with 14 points on 5-for-10 shooting from the field. The Maroonettes had 25 rebounds, 13 assists and 11 steals in the loss.