Warriors advance in district hoops playoffs

CORNER TRIFECTA — North Union’s Trent Pedersen (right) fires a 3-pointer from the corner over Storm Lake St. Mary’s defender Tanner Snyder during Iowa Class 1A, District 3 quarterfinal basketball action on Thursday night in Britt, Iowa. The Warriors went on to defeat the Panthers, 68-58. (Photo courtesy of Rhonda Oleson)

BRITT, Iowa — Trent Pedersen produced a game-high double-double performance to help engineer the North Union Warriors’ 68-58 basketball playoff victory over the Storm Lake St. Mary’s Panthers on Thursday night in Britt, Iowa.

North Union (12-10) advances to face West Hancock at 8 p.m. Tuesday night in the Iowa Class 1A, District 3 semifinals in Britt, Iowa. West Hancock gained the next round by defeating Manson Northwest Webster, 78-56.

Pedersen generated 24 points on the strength of four 3-pointers to complement 13 rebounds and four steals on the postseason clash.

Nathan Eaton connected on three trifectas to fuel his 16-point performance for North Union to go with distributing three assists.

Elliott Hagebock and Riley Bauer delivered 14 points apiece to the Warriors’ winning ways. Hagebock, who made 9 of 10 free throws, also pulled down six rebounds and garnered three steals.

The Warriors made 17 of 48 field goals, including 9 of 26 behind the 3-point arc, and poured in an incredible 25 of 38 free throws on the game.

Reath Yak delivered 21 points to top the Panthers, while teammate Michael Demers contributed 18 points.

St. Mary’s built a narrow 19-15 first-quarter lead before North Union limited Storm Lake to only seven second-period points to grab a 29-26 halftime edge.

The Warriors outscored the Panthers, 27-20, in the fourth frame.

N. Union 15-14-12-27–68

St. Mary’s 19- 7-12-20–58

Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain 55, Martin County West 39 — Zayne Engel netted a game-high double-double effort to steer the Jaguars to a 16-point Valley Conference Showcase victory over the Mavericks on Thursday night in Northrop.

Engel notched 20 points and hauled in 12 rebounds, while Quintin Greier, Derek Shoen and Mason Maloney each delivered eight points. Shoen grabbed eight rebounds and pocketed three steals, Maloney pulled down six boards, while Greier doled out three assists.

The Jaguars made 16 of 35 shots from 2-point range, 5 of 13 behind the arc and 8 of 12 at the free throw line.

Logan Ebeling produced 16 points and six rebounds to pace MCW’s performance, while Cole Owens tallied eight points and pocketed three steals.

Wyatt Geistfeld chipped in eight rebounds for the Mavericks, who made 12 of 31 from 2-point distance, 2 of 13 behind the arc and 7 of 13 at the line.

Martin County West (6-17) plays Nicollet at 12:45 p.m. Saturday in showcase action in Janesville, while the Jaguars (13-11) face Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

MC West 21-18–39

TMLGHEC 26-29–55