No. 6 Cubs shoot SH girls out of gym

Nevada makes 13 of 18 3-pointers; Grubb 16 points, 10 rebounds for Hawks

South Hamilton's Marla Grubb saves the ball from going out of bounds against Nevada on Friday. She had 16 points and 10 rebounds in the game. DFJ photo/Tracy Runneberg

JEWELL — All Mark Henderson could do was shake his head, smile, and thank his lucky stars that his South Hamilton girls’ basketball team is done with Nevada for another year.

There wasn’t much the Hawks could do on the floor Friday night, as the sixth-ranked (Class 3A) Cubs splashed in 13 3-pointers and shot 72 percent from behind the arc for their 45th consecutive Heart of Iowa Conference victory, 76-41.

“Nevada is never an easy team to play, but when they shoot like they did (Friday night), they’re darned near unbeatable,” Henderson, South Hamilton’s head coach, said. “They had only made 29 3s all year (entering the game) … when you combine that kind of shooting with their size, it makes them tough to guard.”

Riley Mailey had six of Nevada’s triples and she poured in a game-high 18 points. Addisyn Vorm drained three shots from long distance and notched 12 points.

South Hamilton (4-10, 3-5 HOIC) was forced to expend much of its defensive energy on all-state center Lexy Koudelka, but she still managed to score 16 points.

South Hamilton’s Emma Lewis (24) has her shot blocked by Nevada’s Lexy Koudelka on Friday. DFJ photo/Tracy Runneberg

“We knew coming in that we needed to slow down Koudelka,” Henderson said. “We did a good job of that in the first half, but they made us pay for focusing on her.”

Nevada (11-1, 8-0 HOIC) led 36-16 at halftime and then outscored the Hawks 23-14 in the third quarter.

South Hamilton received a strong performance from forward Marla Grubb, who put together a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Sydney Friest pitched in seven points and seven boards. Rylee Woodall and Anna Moss scored five points each.

Henderson was pleased with his team’s performance at the free throw line. The Hawks connected on 11 of 15 attempts.

South Hamilton will be back at home on Tuesday to take on Saydel at 6 p.m.

Nevada 76, South Hamilton 41

Friday at Jewell

Nevada (11-1, 8-0 HOIC) — Lexy Koudelka 8 0-1 16, Amelea Jones 1 0-0 2, Addisyn Vorm 4 1-2 12, Elizabeth Wessels 1 0-0 3, Kacie Rewerts 7 0-0 14, Hattie Rhodes 1 0-0 3, Riley Mailey 6 0-0 18, Grace Francis 3 0-0 8. Totals: 31 1-3 76.

South Hamilton (4-10, 3-5 HOIC) — Rylee Woodall 1 2-3 5, Anna Moss 1 2-2 5, Breanne Diersen 0 0-0 0, Taylor Volkmann 0 0-0 0, Brookelyn George 0 0-0 0, Aneesa Balderas 1 0-0 3, Emma Lewis 0 0-0 0, Taylor Ratzke 1 1-1 4, Marla Grubb 7 2-4 16, Sydney Friest 2 3-3 7, Cortney Harris 0 1-2 1. Totals: 13 11-15 41.

Nevada 19 17 23 17 — 76

S. Hamilton 6 10 14 11 — 41

3-point field goals — NEV 13 (Mailey 6, Vorm 3, Francis 2, Wessels, Rhodes); SH 4 (Woodall, Moss, Balderas, Ratzke). Rebounds — SH 33 (Grubb 10, Friest 7). Steals — SH 8 (Diersen 4). Assists — SH 9 (Moss 4). Turnovers — NEV 13, SH 19. Team fouls — NEV 14, SH 7. Fouled out — none.

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