What we learned from the Nevada boys win over Boone: Cub girls, C-N boys lose postseaon games

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
James Edwards

The Nevada boys basketball team ended the regular season with a victory and the Cub girls and Colo-NESCO boys both saw their seasons come to a close this week.

The Nevada boys defeated Boone by a 54-50 score Feb. 14 at Nevada. The Cubs closed out the regular season on a seven-game winning streak and improved to 16-5 overall with the win.

The Nevada girls fell to 14th-ranked Cherokee, 67-45, in the Class 3A regional semifinal at Cherokee Feb. 16. The Cubs finished their season at 14-10.

The Colo-NESCO boys suffered a 50-34 loss at the hands of Martensdale St. Marys in the Class 1A District 11 finals Feb. 17 at Martensdale. The Royals finished 15-8.

Here is what we learned from the week of basketball:

Cub boys keep winning streak going

The Nevada boys found a way to keep their winning streak going heading into the postseason.

The Cubs had a rough first half, but they dominated the final two quarters to steal victory from the jaws of defeat. They trailed 40-25 at the half, but held Boone to two points in the third quarter to pull within two.

Nevada kept up its momentum in the fourth quarter. The Cubs outscored the Toreadors 15-8 over the final eight minutes to come out on top.

Nevada shot 46.5 % from the field and held Boone to 39.2 % shooting. The Cubs attempted 19 free throws to just three for Boone and they outrebounded the Toreadors, 34-27.

Ty Dittmer

James Edwards had 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists for Nevada in the win. Ty Dittmer added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists, Carson Rhodes 7 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks, Spencer Grant 8 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists and Colin Memmer 7 points.

Nathaniel Winter led Boone with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.

Rough third quarter hurts Nevada girls

The Nevada girls couldn't overcome a poor third quarter against Cherokee.

The Cubs were within striking distance at the half, trailing 30-21. But they were outscored 23-10 in the third quarter.

Nevada outshot Cherokee from the field, 41.9 to 40.6 %, and held a huge 36-21 rebounding advantage. But Cherokee had a huge edge at the line, making 18 of 27 free throws and limiting the Cubs to just four attempts from the charity stripe and the Braves also forced a whopping 38 Nevada turnovers.

Alexandria Arnaud

Alexandria Arnaud hit 6 of 12 field goals and finished with 13 points and 2 rebounds for Nevada in the loss. Maddie Dunham tallied 10 points and 6 rebounds, Emma Strottman 5 points and 12 boards, Isabelle Nelson 4 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks, Tessa Borwick 6 points and 2 steals and Shelbi Hazlitt 5 points and one block.

Kenna Mongan led Cherokee with 24 points and 3 assists and Alexis Pingel tallied 20 points and 3 steals for Cherokee.

Colo-NESCO boys struggle shooting

The Colo-NESCO boys had a tough time putting the ball in the hole against Martensdale Saint Marys.

The Royals shot just 31.4 % against the Blue Devils. Martensdale St. Marys shot 46.3 % on the night.

Colo-NESCO also had a tough time taking care of the ball. The Royals committed 23 turnovers.

Nolan Smith

Nolan Smith had 8 points, 3 rebounds and 5 steals, Andrew Tschantz 7 points and 7 boards and Lucas Frohwein 6 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists for Colo-NESCO. Kenny Cutler added 5 points and 2 assists and Bradley Thomas and Braydn Carroll each chipped in 3 points.

Tyler Baker paced Martensdale St. Marys with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Gavin Stott added 12 points and Chase Boelling 10 for the Blue Devils.