No. 15 North Union upends No. 5 West Hancock

SCOOP FOR TWO — North Union’s Samantha Hagedorn drives between West Hancock’s Sydney Burgardt (back) and Amanda Chizek to scoop home a basket Friday night in Armstrong. The Warriors’ Chloe Lofstrom (front) and Hallie Reese (21) look on. (Photo by Greg Abel)

ARMSTRONG — Every time the Iowa Class 1A No. 5-ranked West Hancock Eagles utilized the 3-point arc to claw away at Class 2A No. 15-rated North Union’s lead, senior guard/forward Samantha Hagedorn proved the catalyst behind the Warriors’ answering offensive runs.

Hagedorn produced 17 points to complement game-bests of 11 rebounds, six assists and three steals, and sophomore center Chloe Lofstrom netted a co-game-high 20 points to go with seven boards to power North Union to a 63-52 Top of Iowa Conference basketball victory over West Hancock on Friday night in Armstrong.

“We (coaching staff) knew they want to drive the lane and either take the shot or kick it out for the 3,” North Union head coach Merle Tigges said in reference to West Hancock, which launched 29 treys but made only eight on the league clash of unbeatens. “Overall, I thought our defense did a good job of stopping their penetration.

“All-around, it (the win) was another solid team effort.”

Senior guard Kate Anderson contributed 10 points, senior post player Hallie Reese supplied eight points and senior guard Bre Anderson chipped in seven points to proved Tigges’ post-game analysis. Even more impressive, all five Warrior starters doled out at least one assist, with Rory McClellan adding a solo helper off the bench.

Ironically, the opening 8-minute quarter proved a 3-point shootout, with West Hancock sinking four treys and North Union knocking down three to eventually produce a 16-all deadlock.

Hagedorn and Kate Anderson drilled back-to-back 3s to double the Warriors’ margin to 16-8 before Maddie Eisenman came off the Eagles’ bench to trigger an 8-0 quarter-ending surge. Eisenman’s trey and Riley Hiscocks’ last-second trifecta highlighted West Hancock’s comeback.

Hagedorn, Reese and Lofstrom, however, combined forces after the first intermission to assemble a 10-0 second quarter-opening surge to re-establish a double-digit lead.

Reese fired a skip pass to a slicing Hagedorn for a low-post banker before the two traded roles, with Hagedorn zipping the basketball to Reese for the cutter in traffic.

Lofstrom sank two free throws, Kate Anderson doled out one of her three assists to Hagedorn for a baseline leaner and Reese converted a one-and-one situation for a 26-16 lead three minutes into the second segment.

Lofstrom’s power post bank shot off a McClellan assist maintained the Warriors’ 10-point lead at 35-25 with 14 seconds before halftime, but West Hancock reserve sharpshooter Mahayla Faust would provide the last-second heroics by nailing a right-wing 3 at the buzzer.

Once again, North Union answered with a 7-0 run out of the lockerroom to begin the third quarter. Lofstrom’s kickout pass found an awaiting Kate Anderson for a right-wing 3-pointer before Hagedorn joined the passing party by spotting Lofstrom in the low post for a leaner.

Bre Anderson’s rim-hugging runner in the lane on the ensuing sequence widened the home team’s lead to 42-28, forcing West Hancock to call timeout.

Freshman shooting point guard Rachel Leerar, who netted a co-game-high 20 points, and Eisenman combined for the Eagles’ next nine points to inch within nine with 4 minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Lofstrom and Hagedorn then retaliated by combining equally for an 8-0 scoring surge to create breathing space — 54-37 — for the home team with time winding down in the third.

Rachel Leerar poured in six points and Eisenman netted three of her 13 points off the bench to fuel the Eagles’ 13-9 scoring edge in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough in the end.

“We’re happy to come away with a win tonight, but I’m sure the second time around will be even tougher,” Tigges said in reference to the two conference rivals’ next battle on Friday, Jan. 19, in Britt, Iowa.

North Union (6-0, 4-0 TOI) travels to Belmond, Iowa, on Tuesday to face Belmond-Klemme. West Hancock (4-1, 3-1) plays host to North Iowa on Tuesday in Britt, Iowa.

WH 16-12-11-13–52

NU 16-19-19- 9–63


Reese 2-4 4-4 8, K. Anderson 4-7 0-0 10, Lofstrom 7-9 6-12 20, B. Anderson 3-4 0-1 7, Hagedorn 8-20 0-0 17, McClellan 0-1 1-2 1, Steinberger 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 24-47 11-19 63.


Burgardt 1-4 0-0 2, K. Leerar 0-5 1-3 1, Chizek 1-3 2-2 4, Hiscocks 1-3 0-2 3, R. Leerar 8-15 3-6 20, Faust 3-10 0-2 9, Eisenman 4-8 2-2 13, Hudspeth 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 18-50 8-17 52.

3-pointers: West Hancock 8-29 (Faust 3-7, Eisenman 3-6, R. Leerar 1-7, Hiscocks 1-3, K. Leerar 0-3, Hudspeth 0-2, Burgardt 0-1); North Union 4-10 (K. Anderson 2-3, B. Anderson 1-1, Hagedorn 1-4, Steinberger 0-2). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: North Union 34 (Hagedorn 11, Lofstrom 7); West Hancock 22 (Chizek 6). Assists: North Union 15 (Hagedorn 6, Reese and K. Anderson 3 each); West Hancock 8 (K. Leerar 4). Steals: West Hancock 7 (R. Leerar 3); North Union 6 (Hagedorn 3).

Martin County West 75, Cleveland 37 — The Mavericks’ defense held the Clippers to only 12 second-half points to generate a 38-point Valley Conference victory on Friday night in Sherburn.

Alyssa Williamson paced a balanced MCW offensive performance by scoring 16 points to complement a game-best six steals and four assists.

Maia Taylor contributed 15 points, a co-game-high seven assists and five rebounds to the Mavericks’ winning ways, while teammate Madison Klima chipped in 13 points and pocketed three steals.

Renae Eckmann tallied 10 points for MCW, while Karlee Thiesse produced eight points, seven rebounds, a co-game-best seven assists and three steals.

The Mavericks made 26 of 44 shots from 2-point range for 59 percent, hit just 3 of 10 behind the 3-point arc and sank 14 of 25 free throws for 56 percent.

Martin County West (3-1) travels to Blue Earth Area on Tuesday night.

Cleveland 25-12–37

MCW 41-34–75

Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton 59, Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain 54 — Emily Olson scored a co-game-high 18 points to guide the Bulldogs to a five-point Valley Conference victory over the Jaguars on Friday night in Janesville.

Macy Quinn netted a co-game-best 18 points for the Jaguars, while teammates Lydia Steinhaus and Lydia Studer each contributed 12 points to the effort.

The Jaguars made 11 of 29 free throws on the game.

The Jaguars (0-4) travel to St. Clair on Tuesday night.

North Union 65, Estherville-Lincoln Central 40 (Thursday night) — Chloe Lofstrom delivered a game-leading double-double effort of 19 points and 16 rebounds to engineer the Warriors’ 25-point triumph over the Midgets in Estherville, Iowa.

Kate Anderson produced 17 points and dished out three assists for North Union, while Hallie Reese netted 12 points in the win.

Samantha Hagedorn chalked up six points, seven boards and three assists for the Warriors, while Bre Anderson added five points and doled out a game-best six assists.

The Warriors made 16 of 36 shots from 2-point distance, 7 of 22 behind the bonus arc and 12 of 18 at the charity stripe.