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SATURDAY’S BASKETBALL BRIEFS

HAWKS START FAST, TAKE DOWN IF-A: South Hamilton raced out to a 17-7 lead after one quarter, led 28-12 at the half and then hung on in the second half for a confidence-building 60-54 non-conference victory over Iowa Falls-Alden Saturday night in Iowa Falls.

Three players scored in double figures for the Hawks (11-6). Doran Lutjen poured in 18 points, Quinton Grove knocked down 9 of 10 free throws en route to 11 points, and Cade Balvanz added 10 points. Austin Busch fell just short; he put up nine points to go along with seven rebounds. Grove grabbed a team-high eight boards.

All-state candidate Karson Sharar led IF-A (10-8) and all scorers with 24 points. Blake Janssen chipped in 16 for the Cadets.

South Hamilton 60, IF-Alden 54

Saturday at Iowa Falls

South Hamilton (11-6) — Brock Galetich 0 0-0 0, Aaron Hegland 1 0-0 3, Carter Hewitt 0 0-0 0, Tycin Barkema 2 1-2 6, Doran Lutjen 7 3-6 18, Austin Busch 4 1-2 9, Quinton Grove 1 9-10 11, Freddie Lewis 0 0-0 0, Kyler Hodnefield 1 1-4 3, Cade Balvanz 5 0-0 10. Totals: 21 15-24 60.

Iowa Falls-Alden (10-8) — Brody Steinfeldt 0 1-3 1, Blake Janssen 6 2-4 16, Karson Sharar 9 2-4 24, Sam Weaver 0 0-0 0, Logan Aldinger 1 0-0 2, Garret Renaud 2 4-4 8, Caden Mentzer 1 1-2 3, Zach Schutt 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 10-17 54.

S. Ham. 17 11 15 17 — 60

IF-Alden 7 5 20 22 — 54

3-point field goals — SH 3 (Hegland, Barkema, Lutjen); IF-A 6 (Sharar 4, Janssen 2). Rebounds — SH 33 (Grove 8, Busch 7). Steals — SH 7 (Busch 3, Hodnefield 3). Assists — SH 10 (Lutjen 3). Turnovers — SH 18. Team fouls — SH 18, IF-A 21. Fouled out — none.

SH GIRLS DROPPED BY CADETS: More trouble at the free throw line led to another disappointing night for South Hamilton on Saturday in Iowa Falls.

The Hawks (6-12) missed 18 of 29 foul shots in a 39-36 loss to Iowa Falls-Alden (2-18).

Brookelyn George led South Hamilton with 11 points and Emma Lewis finished with seven.

Jenny Wibholm (13 points) and Marlee Lancaster (11 points) scored in double figures for the Cadets.

IF-Alden 39, South Hamilton 36

Saturday at Iowa Falls

South Hamilton (6-12) — Emma Lewis 1 3-7 6, Hailey Diersen 1 0-0 2, Hallee Feaker 0 2-3 2, Brookelyn George 3 3-5 11, Aneesa Balderas 1 1-2 4, Mackenzy Grady 1 0-2 3, Zoey Duns 2 2-8 6, Kate Barkema 1 0-2 2. Totals: 10 11-29 36.

Iowa Falls-Alden (2-18) — Jenny Wibholm 6 0-0 13, Marlee Lancaster 2 6-9 11, Hailey Bridgewater 3 1-4 7, Cailin Reimer 0 2-4 2, Kate Hutchinson 0 1-4 1, Chloe Fagerlind 0 0-0 0, Abby Ites 0 1-3 1, Alexis Hill 1 0-0 2, Emma Harding 1 0-0 2. Totals: 13 11-24 39.

S. Ham. 5 5 8 18 — 36

IF-Alden 8 9 7 15 — 39

3-point field goals — SH 5 (George 2, Lewis, Balderas, Grady); IF-A 2 (Wibholm, Lancaster). Rebounds — SH 33 (Barkema 7, Feaker 6). Steals — SH 13 (Lewis 6). Assists — SH 8 (Lewis 4). Turnovers — SH 9. Team fouls — SH 23, IF-A 25. Fouled out — SH: Diersen; IF-A: Wibholm, Lancaster.

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