Warrior hoopsters trample Bison

AROUND & OVER — North Union’s Chloe Lofstrom (middle) splits North Iowa defenders Rachel Schutter (13) and Rebekah Jensvold (right) to score a basket Friday night in Armstrong. (Photo by Greg Abel)

ARMSTRONG — The North Union Warriors girls basketball team combined speed, offensive balance and a shutdown defense to post an 80-22 Top of Iowa Conference win over the North Iowa Bison during its home opener on Friday night.

“We’ve got good inside and outside play, good ball handling, rebounders and defenders. We’ve a good mix of everything,” Warriors head coach Merle Tigges said. “We just want to stay healthy and hopefully compete.”

The Warriors built a 12-3 lead in the first three minutes of the game, with sophomore center Chloe Lofstrom scoring five of her 12 points.

Sophomore guards MacKenzy Jensvold and Danessa Bruner knocked down 3s for six Bison points, but couldn’t stop the Warriors from piling onto their lead.

“North Iowa has had some tough luck with injuries. To me, they’re dealing with things that probably most teams wouldn’t want to deal with, so that helped us, too,” Tigges said.

The Warriors also forced 10 turnovers in the first quarter with the defensive effort being led by Samantha Hagedorn. The senior guard swiped two steals and converted both into points for a 21-6 lead before Bison head coach Chad Hinders called for a timeout with 2:19 left in the quarter.

“We want to make sure the (other) team doesn’t get any easy buckets. You want to try and control the tempo that way,” Tigges said. “We just try to get ourselves in good position. Once you get the ball back in your hands, you want to go down to the other end of the floor and be aggressive with it.”

The Warriors then held the Bison to only two points in the second quarter while netting 23 points. Hagedorn had eight of her game-high 19 points in the frame with sophomore guard Hope Steinberger and junior forward Rory McClellan combining for six points off the bench.

“We’ve got a junior, sophomore and a senior coming off the bench, all ready to play varsity. We’ve got girls behind them that, I think, are getting close to where they can play varsity, too,” Tigges said.

Senior guard Kate Anderson capped the half with a 3-pointer via an assist from fellow senior guard Bre Anderson to stake a 52-12 halftime lead.

The Bison tried their hands at shooting around the perimeter with Bruner and MacKenzy Jensvold both putting up a trey each, but the Warriors outscored the Bison, 23-10, in the final half. The Warriors also outrebounded the visiting Bison, 34-15.

Hagedorn finished with eight steals, four assists and five rebounds, while Lofstrom led the team in rebounding with eight. Senior forward Hallie Reese contributed 25 points, five rebounds and four steals with a block, while Kate Anderson doled out five assists to complement seven points.

Steinberger and McClelland combined equally for 12 points, and senior forward Bre Anderson crashed the boards for four rebounds.

North Union (2-0) plays Nashua-Plainfield at 4:15 p.m. today in Nashua, Iowa.

NI 10 2 8 2–22

NU 29 23 15 13–80

NORTH UNION (80)

Samantha Hagedorn 9-18 1-2 19, Hallie Reese 6-9 3-5 15, Chloe Lofstrom 5-9 2-2 12, Kate Anderson 3-4 0-0 8, Bre Anderson 2-5 3-4 7, Hope Steinberger 3-7 0-0 6, Rory McClellan 3-6 0-2 , Vanessa VonBank 1-2 0-0 3, Skyler Morphew 1-2 0-0 2, May Laverty 1-1 0-2, Brooklyn Prochniak 0-1 0-0 0, Victoria Laubenthal 0-1 0-0 0, Kaylee Tirevold 0-0 0-0 0, Chelsey Gratz 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-65 9-17 80.

NORTH IOWA (22)

Danessa Bruner 2-10 0-0 6, MacKenzy Jensvold 2-5 0-0 6, Rebekah Jensvold 2-3 0-0 4, Rachel Schutter 1-5 0-1 2, Hannah Main 1-2 0-1 2, Samantha Stenersen 1-2 0-0 2, Ella Hughes 0-3 0-0 0, Harlie Lawson 0-1 0-0 0, Hannah Boekelman 0-1 0-0 0, Kali Bengtson 0-0 0-0 0.

Fouled out: None. 3-pointers: North Iowa 4-16 (Bruner 2-9, M. Jensvold 2-4, Schutter 0-2, Hughes 0-1); North Union 3-7 (K. Anderson 2-2, VonBank 1-1, B. Anderson 0-2, Hagedorn 0-1). Rebounds: North Union 34 (Lofstrom 8); North Iowa 15 (Bruner 4). Assists: North Union 23 (K. Anderson and Hagedorn 5 each); North Iowa 2. Steals: North Union 20 (Hagedorn 8); North Iowa 1.

Boys Basketball

North Iowa 60, North Union 39 — The Bison scored 38 points in the second half to beat the Warriors during Top of Iowa Conference action Friday night in Armstrong.

The Warriors held a 26-22 halftime lead before the Bison capped the comeback.

Robert Ortman led the Warriors with 16 points. Riley Bauer ended the night with 11 points and six rebounds. Blake Crawmer pocketed four steals, while Hunter Pierce totaled four points and four rebounds.

The Warriors went 8-for-30 from 2-point range, 7-for-23 from 3-point range, and made 2 of 8 free throws.

North Union (0-1) plays Nashua-Plainfield at 5:30 today in Nashua, Iowa.

NU 13 13 2 11–39

NI 16 6 12 28–60

Truman/Martin Luther/ Granada-Huntley-East Chain 66, Madelia 47 — The Jaguars opened the season with a 19-point victory over the Blackhawks on Friday night in Madelia.

The Jaguars posted a 28-18 lead at the half.

James Shrunk and Isaac Johnson combined equally for 20 points for the Jaguars. Cayden Fischer marked a double-double of 10 points and 14 rebounds.

Mason Maloney chipped in 11 points for the Jaguars, who went 24-for-41 at the free throw line.

The Jaguars (1-0) play Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton at 2:30 p.m. today in Northrop.

Minnesota Valley Lutheran 60, Martin County West 58 — Matt Munsen made the game-winning shot with two seconds left in the game to get the Chargers the win over the Mavericks on Friday night in New Ulm.

The Chargers were up 43-30 at the half, and maintained their lead to the end.

Dawson Weber notched a game-high 19 points for the Mavericks. Wyatt Geistfield netted 12 points and captured 15 rebounds with six steals.

MCW’s Logan Ebeling crashed the boards for five rebounds.

Jake Kettner scored 15 points with five rebounds and six assists for the Chargers. Jordan Fischer netted 11 points and Mason Cox finished the night with 10 points.

The Mavericks went 14-for-16 from 2-point range, 7-17 from 3-point range and made 9 of 15 free throws.

Martin County West (0-1) hosts Nicollet at 7:15 p.m. Thursday in Trimont.

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