WINTERSET - The Nevada boys’ basketball team was hurt by a poor start to each half in a 70-50 Class 3A substate quarterfinal loss to Winterset Monday at Winterset.


The Cubs were outscored by a combined 44-23 margin over the first and third quarters, finishing the season with a 10-13 record.


Nevada fell behind by 11 after giving up 22 points in the first quarter. The Cubs pulled within 32-24 at the half, but allowed 22 more points in the third as Winterset built an insurmountable 18-point lead.


Winterset shot 58 percent from the field, compared to Nevada’s 39-percent showing. The Huskies did a fantastic job distributing the ball, getting 26 assists on 29 field goals, and Nevada also displayed great passing, with 19 assists on 21 baskets.


Winterset also held a 33-27 rebounding advantage. Nevada finished with eight steals and three blocks.


Om’Unique Wilkerson had 12 points, five rebounds and five steals; Luke Merfeld 10 points and eight rebounds; Trent Stahl seven points and six assists and Jack Higgins five points, seven assists, six rebounds and three blocks in their final game for Nevada. Tyler Sansgaard hit three 3-pointers and scored nine points and Devin See added five points, five rebounds and four assists.


Justin Henry netted 16 points and Casey Kleemeier added 11 points and nine assists as part of a balanced Winterset attack. Easton Darling tacked on 10 points and eight assists, Nick Baur 10 points and Nick Mortoza eight points and six rebounds to help the Huskies go to 16-6.


Winterset 70, Nevada 50


N 11 13 12 14 - 50


W 22 10 22 16 - 70


Nevada (50) - Jacob Sanders 0-0 0-0 0, Trent Stahl 3-15 0-0 7, Devin See 2-4 1-2 5, Kody Kruschwitz 1-1 0-0 2, Jack Higgins 2-7 1-2 5, Tyler Sansgaard 3-6 0-0 9, Luke Merfeld 5-7 0-2 10, Jakob Strottman 0-3 0-0 0, Om’Unique Wilkerson 5-10 2-5 12, Ayden Rhodes 0-0 0-0 0, Jack Cahill 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 21-54 4-11 50. 3-point field goals (4): Sansgaard 3, Stahl. Rebounds (27): Merfeld 8. Assists (19): Higgins 7. Steals (8): Wilkerson 5. Blocks (3): Higgins 3. Fouls: 13.


Winterset (70) - Ty Gilliland 0-0 0-0 0, Easton Darling 3-13 2-2 10, Nick Mortoza 3-3 2-4 8, Andrew Nicholl 0-2 0-0 0, Jayden Carney 3-4 0-0 6, Grant Nolan 2-2 1-2 5, Casey Kleemeier 5-9 0-0 11, Justin Henry 6-9 2-2 16, Harrison Brockway 2-2 0-2 4, Nick Baur 5-6 0-0 10. Totals: 29-50 7-12 70. 3-point field goals (5): Darling 2, Henry 2, Kleemeier. Rebounds (33): Mortoza 6. Assists (26): Kleemeier 9. Steals (9): Mortoza 2, Kleemeier 2, Henry 2. Blocks: None. Fouls: 14.


FOREST CITY - Nevada came out on the short end of the stick in a 57-56 thriller with Spirit Lake Feb. 15 at Waldorf Community College in Forest City.


The Cubs lost a back-and-forth battle that saw the two teams play at a near-even level in every quarter. Spirit Lake led by five after one quarter, Nevada pulled within three at the half and then close within one before both teams scored 12 points in the fourth.


Spirit Lake shot 57 percent from the field and made 7 of 14 3-pointers. Nevada shot 45 percent and did even better from 3-point range, canning an impressive 9 of 15 shots from beyond the arc.


Neither team did much from the line. Nevada was 3 of 5 and Spirit Lake 2 of 2.


Both teams corralled 25 rebounds. Spirit Lake held a slim 9-7 edge in steals and 4-3 advantage in blocks.


Trent Stahl hit six 3-pointers and went off for 23 points and three assists for Nevada in a losing effort. Tyler Sansgaard also drained three shots from downtown, scoring nine points; Luke Merfeld had eight points and nine rebounds and Om’Unique Wilkerson six points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks.


Jack Higgins chipped in six points, four rebounds, two assists and one block and Devin See four points and four assists for Nevada.


Owen Coburn was dominant inside for Spirit Lake with 20 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks. Mason McCaffery added 10 points and four assists and Frankie Ramos eight points and seven assists for the Indians.


Spirit Lake 57, Nevada 56


N 14 16 14 12 - 56


SL 19 14 12 12 - 57


Nevada (56) - Jacob Sanders 0-1 0-0 0, Trent Stahl 8-17 1-2 23, Devin See 2-2 0-0 4, Kody Kruschwitz 0-0 0-0 0, Jack Higgins 2-3 2-3 6, Tyler Sansgaard 3-7 0-0 9, Luke Merfeld 4-7 0-0 8, Jakob Strottman 0-3 0-0 0, Om’Unique Wilkerson 3-9 0-0 6, Jack Cahill 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 22-49 3-5 56. 3-point field goals (9): Stahl 6, Sansgaard 3. Rebounds (25): Merfeld 9. Assists (13): See 4. Steals (7): Cahill 2. Blocks (3): Wilkerson 2. Fouls: 9.


Spirit Lake (57) - Mason McCaffery 4-9 0-0 10, Ben Newman 0-0 0-0 0, Frankie Ramos 2-5 2-2 8, Kyler Olsen 0-1 0-0 0, Nick Christensen 3-5 0-0 9, Owen Coburn 10-12 0-0 20, Alex Van Dyke 5-10 0-0 10. Totals: 24-42 2-2 57. 3-point field goals (7): Christensen 3, McCaffery 2, Ramons 2. Rebounds (25): Coburn 12. Assists (21): Ramos 7. Steals (9): Olsen 3. Blocks (4): Coburn 4. Fouls: 8.


NEVADA - A one-day delay meant both Boone and Nevada were a little off kilter in their non-conference boys’ basketball matchup Tuesday at the Nevada High School Field House.


The two teams were supposed to play on Monday, but a threat called into the Nevada schools postponed the game another day. As a result, both teams looked flat to start the game, but Boone picked up its game late in the third quarter and pulled away for a 58-44 victory.


Boone was in command for most of the game, but a basket by Nevada’s Jack Higgins cut an eight-point Toreador lead to 34-32 midway through the third quarter. Nevada hung around the rest of the quarter, but Tyler Casotti scored a basket, Dresden Wilson hit two free throws and Justin Aspengren converted two baskets as part of an 8-0 spurt to put Boone up 12 early in the fourth.


The Toreadors eventually pushed their lead to 18 before coasting home.


Nevada fell to 10-11. Cub head coach Chris Hinson said having to wait an extra day didn’t help for a team that hadn’t played since an 81-50 win at Grundy Center on Feb. 6.


“I don’t like coming into a game not prepared,” Hinson said. “One of my coaches is at a funeral, got parent-teacher conferences tonight. A lot of chaos.”


But Hinson said his team can learn from the loss as it finishes up the regular season Thursday against Spirit Lake at Waldorf University in Forest City. Next Monday, the Cubs travels to Winterset to take on the Huskies in the opening round of Class 3A substate.


“I think we’re ready to go back and grind,” Hinson said. “Makes every day between now and Monday a huge, important day.”


Trent Stahl scored a game-high 20 points for Nevada. Luke Merfeld added seven points and three assists, Jakob Strottman six points and three rebounds and Om’Unique Wilkerson four points, six rebounds, four assists and two blocks for the Cubs.


The win put Boone at 13-7 on the season. The Toreadors have won 12 of 15 games since a 1-4 start.


Jonathan Herrick led Boone with 17 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Aspengren scored 11, Trevor VanPelt had 10 points and Casotti added eight.


Boone 58, Nevada 44


B 11 18 17 12 - 58


N 8 16 14 6 - 44


Boone (58) - Brandon Rouse 0-6 0-0 0, Derek Rhinehart 1-6 0-0 3, Thomas Hockemeier 0-0 0-0 0, Trevor VanPelt 4-6 1-2 10, Tyler Casotti 4-8 0-0 8, Dresden Wilson 3-7 1-2 7, Quali Sporaa 0-1 0-0 0, Matej Vukic 0-0 0-0 0, Justin Aspengren 5-8 0-0 11, Jonathan Herrick 7-9 1-2 17, Alexander Sturtz 0-0 2-2 2, Mitchell Moore 0-1 0-0 0, Casey Hutchings 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor Wauhob 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 24-46 5-9 58. 3-point field goals (5): Herrick 2, Rhinehart, VanPelt, Aspengren. Rebounds (31): Herrick 9. Assists (13): Rhinehart 4, Aspengren 4. Steals (6): Rhinehart 2, Wilson 2. Blocks: None. Fouls: 16.


Nevada (44) - Jacob Sanders 0-0 0-0 0, Trent Stahl 8-17 2-2 20, Devin See 1-3 0-0 2, Kody Kruschwitz 0-1 0-0 0, Jack Higgins 1-5 0-0 2, Tyler Sansgaard 1-5 0-0 3, Luke Merfeld 3-4 1-4 7, Jakob Strottman 1-5 4-4 6, Om’Unique Wilkerson 2-10 0-4 4, Jack Cahill 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 17-51 7-14 44. 3-point field goals (3): Stahl 2, Sansgaard. Rebounds (29): Wilkerson 6. Assists (12): Wilkerson 4. Steals (8): Stahl 2, See 2. Blocks (3): Wilkerson 2. Fouls: 12.