What we learned from Nevada's sweep of Perry in HOIC basketball: Cub boys also top Grundy Center
The Nevada basketball teams opened the new year by sweeping Perry in Heart of Iowa Conference play Jan. 4 at the Nevada High School Field House.
The Cub boys rolled to 73-26 victory. The win was kept them on Roland-Story's heels atop the HOIC standings at 6-1 in the conference.
The boys won their sixth straight Jan. 6 at Grundy Center with a 54-44 victory over the Spartans. They improved to 8-2 overall.
The Cub girls knocked off Perry by a 43-35 score to improve their conference record to 5-2. They fell to 7-5 overall with a 54-44 loss to a Grundy Center team ranked 12th in Class 2A.
Here's what we learned from Nevada's opening week of 2022:
Cub boys put Perry away early
The Nevada boys wasted little time securing their victory over Perry. They led 24-5 after the first quarter and went up by 26 at the half.
The Cubs increased their lead to 41 points after three quarters and coasted the rest of the way.
Nevada shot 51 % from the field in the win. They pulled down an incredible 21 offensive rebounds and only turned the ball over six times.
Strong finish gets boys past Spartans
Nevada started slow against Grundy Center. But the Cubs outscored the Spartans 41-29 over the final three quarters to keep their win streak intact.
Accuracy from the field was the decisive factor in the victory. Nevada shot 55.6 % from the field and Grundy Center only made 32.1 % of its field goals.
That helped the Cubs overcome 17 turnovers and 16 Spartan offensive rebounds.
Edwards, Rhodes come up big
James Edwards had 12 points, 10 assists, four rebounds and three steals in the victory over Grundy Center. He went for 22 points, three assists and three steals versus Perry.
Carson Rhodes was also a force for Nevada.
The 6-7 center posted a double-double in each game. Rhodes recorded 10 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks versus Perry and 13 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks against Grundy Center.
Ty Dittmer chipped in 15 points and three assists against Grundy Center. Jacob Khounsourath tallied 12 points and four assists versus Perry.
Big first half gets girls past Perry
The Nevada girls played amazing defense in the first half to get their victory over Perry.
The Cubs held the Bluejays to just four points over the first two quarters. They led 14-0 after one quarter and 22-4 at the half.
Nevada held Perry to 8 of 28 shooting for the game and forced 23 turnovers.
Fast start falters in loss to Spartans
The Nevada girls looked poised to pull off the upset early against Grundy Center. They outscored the Spartans 21-12 in the first quarter.
But by halftime Grundy Center had pulled within six. The Spartans then locked down in the second half, outscoring Nevada 30-11 to move in front to stay.
The Cub girls shot 43.2 % and held Grundy Center to 34.7 % shooting. But Grundy Center had a huge edge at the line, making 16 of 25 free throws compared to Nevada's 2 of 11 showing.
Dunham does her job
Maddie Dunham continued her productive senior season with two solid outings.
Dunham went for 17 points and four rebounds in the victory over Perry. She finished with seven points, three rebounds and one steal versus Grundy Center.
Shelbi Hazlitt had 10 points and four rebounds and Alexandria Arnaud nine points and three assists versus Grundy Center. Hazlitt also had 10 points and seven rebounds against Perry and Briget Cahill tacked on seven points and five steals off the bench against the Bluejays.