Nevada boys wallop West Marshall, girls knock off IFA during busy week of basketball

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Nevada's Carson Rhodes and Roland-Story's Jonovan Wilkinson battle for a rebound during the first half of the Cubs' 68-59 loss to the Norsemen Dec. 7 in Story City.

The Nevada basketball teams both went 1-2 last week.

The Nevada boys crushed West Marshall by a 75-44 score Friday at State Center to improve to 3-2 on the season and 1-2 in the Heart of Iowa Conference. The Cubs suffered their first HOIC loss Dec. 7 against Roland-Story, 68-59, at Story City.

The Cub boys also fell at home to Iowa Falls-Alden Dec. 6 in a tight 50-47 affair at the Nevada High School Field House.

The Nevada girls opened the week by winning a 42-41 thriller over IFA at home. They struggled against No. 12 (Class 3A) Roland-Story the next day, falling 62-25.

The Cub girls put up a much better fight Friday at No. 10 West Marshall. They suffered a 49-35 loss to the Trojans to drop to 1-2 in the conference and 3-3 overall.

Here is what we learned from Nevada's busy week of competition:

Nevada boys impressive against WM

The Cub boys snapped a two-game losing skid in decisive fashion Friday. 

Nevada went up by seven after one quarter. By halftime the game was all but over after the Cubs increased their lead to 38-19 after an explosive 25-point second quarter.

Rebounding was Nevada's biggest strength Friday night. The Cubs completely outclassed the Trojans on the glass, outrebounding them 52-24, including 18-5 on the offensive glass.

In addition to the huge edge in second-chance points Nevada shot 45 % from the field and held West Marshall to 32 % shooting.

 James Edwards went for 21 points, six rebounds and five assists and Carson Rhodes posted a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds for Nevada in the victory. Ty Dittmer and Spencer Grant both contributed seven rebounds and five assists. 

Memmer not enough against R-S

Colin Memmer had another huge game at Story City when the Cubs fell to the Norse.

Memmer scored a game-high 21 points after hitting six 3-pointers. Last season he made six 3-pointers and scored 22 points off the bench in a 60-56 loss at Roland-Story.

Nevada's Colin Memmer gets ready to lob the ball to teammate Jacob Khounsourath during the second half of the Cubs' 68-59 loss to Roland-Story Dec. 7 in Story City. Memmer scored a game-high 21 points for Nevada in a losing effort.

"He made some big shots," Nevada head coach Tyler Struck said. "Especially in the second half — he did a better job of letting the game come to him." 

Sophomore Jacob Khounsourath also had a nice game for Nevada. He finished with 13 points. 

Ty Dittmer added five points, eight rebounds and four assists. Rhodes finished with eight points, seven rebounds and three assists and Spencer Grant five points, seven rebounds and three steals.

Jonovan Wilkinson and Isaiah Naylor both scored 14 points and Will Bunn added 13 for Roland-Story. Wilkinson also pulled down nine rebounds.

Boys can't fend off Cadets

The Nevada boys suffered their first loss of the season against Iowa Falls-Alden. The Cubs evened the score after three quarters at 32-32 in a defensive battle, but the Cadets found some rhythm on offense at just the right time to come out on top.

Nevada only shot 35 % from the field and had 19 turnovers in the loss. The Cadets shot 43 % from the field.

Grant finished with 11 points and three steals and Memmer added nine points. Dittmer tacked on eight rebounds and three assists, Edwards six points and eight rebounds and Rhodes six points and nine boards.

Blake Janssen scored a game-high 17 points and Andrew Bicknese added 16 for IFA.

Nevada girls get it done versus IFA

The Nevada girls followed up a 58-20 victory over Prairie City-Monroe with a dramatic win over Iowa Falls-Alden. They trailed 21-19 at the half, evened the score after three quarters and did just enough over the final eight minutes to knock off the Cadets.

Nevada only shot 34 % from the field and made just 6 of 24 3-pointers. But the Cubs forced 21 turnovers and held IFA to 36 % shooting.

Shelbi Hazlitt had 12 points and five rebounds and Maddie Dunham seven points, eight rebounds and three assists in the victory. Tessa Borwick also scored seven points.

Nevada's solid balance was just enough to offset the 23 points by IFA's Ella Sharar. 

Cub girls struggle with R-S

Roland-Story's pressure defense was too much for Nevada Dec. 7. The Cubs fell behind 35-7 at the half as the Norse put the game away early.

The game looked ugly for the Cubs. But head coach Jordan Bentley said they know they are a much better team than the one that took the court against Roland-Story and with eight seniors on the roster he is confident they will turn things back around real quick. 

"We have to play like a team with eight seniors," Bentley said. "We've just got to refocus and understand we know what's coming from a few teams and be mentally ready for it. We've got the senior leadership to keep getting after it, it's just the mental focus side of things." 

Maddie Dunham led Nevada with nine points in a 62-25 loss at No. 12 (Class 3A) Roland-Story Dec. 7 in Story City.

Dunham led Nevada with nine points and nine rebounds. Hazlitt netted five points and Hannah Waldera chipped in five points off the bench. 

Madi Bauer led a balanced Roland-Story attack with 14 points.

Girls play much tougher versus WM

Nevada had to face its second ranked 3A team on the road in a row Friday at State Center. 

After the sluggish showing against Roland-Story the Cubs played much better against West Marshall, especially after the first quarter.

The Cubs looked like a team still reeling from the Roland-Story loss in the first quarter against West Marshall. They trailed 16-2 going into the second quarter.

But by halftime the Cubs had gathered their bearings. They pulled within 10 after three quarters and ended up playing the Trojans dead even over the final three quarters.

Nevada's Hannah Waldera looks to pass the ball against the defense of Roland-Story's Madi Bauer during the Cubs' HOIC loss to the Norse Dec. 7 in Story City.

Hazlitt recorded 12 points and seven rebounds for Nevada against West Marshall. Alexandria Arnaud tacked on 10 points and four assists.

Katy Reyerson had 19 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks for West Marshall.