West Sioux beats RSM in meeting of No. 1 boys basketball teams
REMSEN — It was a clash of the top-ranked teams in Class 1A and 2A as determined by the AP on Tuesday as Remsen St. Mary’s hosted West Sioux. The Falcons were able to keep their perfect record intact with a 72-58 win as the Hawks dropped their first contest of the season.
West Sioux jumped out to a 25-13 advantage after a quarter before RSM chipped away at the lead in the middle two frames to get it down to a three point deficit entering the final quarter. The Falcons were able to double up their War Eagle Conference rival 22-11 in the last eight minutes to pull away for the win which counts in the league standings.
Spencer Schorg led the Hawks with 13 points as he knocked down half of the team’s six 3-pointers on the night. He added five rebounds to match Blaine Harpenau for most on the team in the contest.
Jaxon Bunkers came off the bench to be the only other player in double digits. He made the most of his four shot attempts in the game, knocking down three of them including a pair of 3-pointers. He made all three of his attempts at the charity stripe to finish with 11 points.
Skyler Waldschmitt finished a point shy of double figures while Brayden Ricke added eight points. Post players Austin Jensen and Brady Homan added six points apiece.
The Hawks held the state’s second-highest scoring team to below their nearly 87 points per game average coming into the night, but it wasn’t enough for an RSM team which has relied on stingy defense the last few seasons. The points allowed were the most since a 76-66 loss to North Linn in the 2017 state consolation game and most in a regular season game since a 74-64 loss to Hinton in January 2016.
The Falcons had four players in double digits with Bryce Coppock and Baxter Walsh leading the way with 19 points apiece.
Hunter Dekkers was an assist shy of a triple-double as he ended with 12 points and 10 rebounds along with his nine assists. Mason Coppock added 10 points for the Falcons. West Sioux knocked down 14 shots from 3-point range with five players getting at least two. Walsh led the way with five treys.
In the girls matchup, West Sioux came away with a 55-26 win. The Falcons used a balanced scoring attack with four players in double digits. Payton Schweisow finished with 13 points followed by Shayden Blankenship with 11. Those two combined for five of the team’s six 3-pointers in the game. Megan Waterman and Emma McManaman added 10 points apiece for the Lady Falcons.
The RSM girls went with a five-player roster again in the game. While not ideal, RSM girls coach Scott Willman said his team is adapting.
“In our second game playing with five players we are finding that we can make it work,” Willman said. “On offense, we are spacing better and ripping and throwing passes with more intent. This has been a good opportunity to respond to handling conflict.”
Tori Galles knocked down three treys and ended with 10 points as the team’s leading scorer. She also led the way with four assists. Brittany Johnson added nine points and had three blocked shots. The team’s remaining points came from Gracyn Schroeder as she finished with seven.
After the losses, RSM sported a 7-1 record in boys basketball and 1-8 record in girls basketball. The Hawks return to conference action Friday at MMCRU.
RSM 13 17 17 11 58
West Sioux 25 12 13 22 72
RSM: (Individual) Points- S. Schorg 13, Bunkers 11, S. Waldschmitt 9, Ricke 8, Jensen 6, Homan 6, Harpenau 5; Rebounds- S. Schorg 5, Harpenau 5, Ricke 4, Bunkers 4; Assists- Harpenau 5, S. Waldschmitt 3; Steals- Harpenau 4, S. Schorg 1; Blocks- Homan; (Team) FG 20-50, 3ptFG 6-17, FT 12-16, OFF-DEF REB 7-20--27, AST 12, STL 5, BLK 1.
RSM: (Individual) Points- T. Galles 10, Johnson 9, G. Schroeder 7; Rebounds- Delperdang 5, Johnson 4, T. Galles 4, E. Galles 3; Assists- T. Galles 4, E. Galles 3, Delperdang 2, Johnson 1; Steals- E. Galles 3, Johnson 2, G. Schroeder 1, T. Galles 1; Blocks- 3; (Team) FG 10-35, 3ptFG 4-18, FT 2-4, OFF-DEF REB 2-15—17, AST 10, STL 7, BLK 3.