TROJANS CLIPPED BY 'CATS, WOLVERINES: Northeast Hamilton dipped to 6-8 on the season following losses to Iowa Star Conference rival Janesville and non-conference foe West Bend-Mallard.
The Trojans faltered in the third quarter and were outscored 17-5 en route to a 50-33 loss to Janesville (13-4) on Friday in Blairsburg. One night later West Bend-Mallard (10-7) jumped all over NEH in the first quarter with a 26-12 run and went on to claim an easy 70-42 victory.
"They're both very good teams," NEH head coach John Seiser said of Janesville and West Bend-Mallard. "Both of them have big, athletic guards that caused problems up top."
Danny Amlie (15 points), Jack Thode (11), Hunter Meyer (10) and Zach Armstead (10) combined for 46 of Janesville's points.
Logan Seiser again led NEH in Friday's loss with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Nick Jeffers added seven points and four assists.
Seiser maintained his season-long double-double streak on Saturday with 19 points and 11 boards. Austin Smith tallied 12 points and Jeffers finished with eight.
The Trojans will continue on their six games in eight days stretch tonight at Meskwaki Settlement. NEH plays eight consecutive games away from home.
TROJETS SLIP UP TWICE: The Northeast Hamilton girls' basketball team remained in a season-long funk over the weekend with back-to-back losses.
The Trojets (0-14) lost to Iowa Star Conference rival and third-ranked (Class 1A) Janesville at home on Friday, 65-12, and then went on the road on Saturday and dropped a 59-23 contest to previously-winless West Bend-Mallard (1-16).
"From the Colo-NESCO game (on Jan. 10) to the CAL game (on Jan. 24) I felt like we were making progress, but (last week), every game, was a giant step backwards," NEH head coach Adam Vorrie said. "We just did not play well at all in any game."
Janesville (16-1) led the Trojets 38-6 at the half; the Wildcats received 11 points from Emily Allspach and 10 from Sylvia Amlie.
Kaylee Massman and Andi Anderson both scored three points for NEH.
Lauren Link returned to West Bend-Mallard's lineup for the first time in more than a month and exploded for 28 points on Saturday. The Wolverines outscored the Trojets 16-2 in the opening period.
Anderson netted seven points and Massman added five in the road loss.