Le Mars splits basketball MRAC doubleheader with CBAL

Friday, December 9, 2022

COUNCIL BLUFFS ó The Le Mars Community basketball teams traveled to play a Missouri River Activities Conference doubleheader with Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln on Tuesday.

The Le Mars girls didnít hold a lead for most of the game, but had it when it mattered most, when the buzzer sounded, claiming a 46-42 win. The Bulldogs fell behind 15-6 after a quarter and spent the rest of the game clawing their way back. Le Mars eventually took the lead in the last minute of the game, getting a go-ahead basket from Metta Skov.

The second half comeback was fueled by a solid second half performance from Skov, who scored 12 of her team-leading 15 points after halftime. The junior ended with three made 3-pointers in the win.

Lexi Hurd was the teamís other player in double figures with 11 points. She added seven rebounds.

Sarah Brown finished with nine points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals. Zoe Wittkop added eight points while leading the team with five assists and four steals and tying for the team lead with Hurd in rebounds (7) and blocks (1).

Jaelyn Marienau sank a 3-pointer for the teamís other points in the game. She was 1-of-2 from 3-point range on a night in which the team managed just a 20 percent success rate from distance going 5-of-25.

Jean Carle led the Lynx with 15 points. Hutson Rau added eight points and the same number of rebounds.

Le Mars improved to 2-2 with the win as all four of their games have been decided by four points or fewer. The team is 2-0 in the conference.

The loss was the first of the season for CBAL in four outings. They dropped to 1-1 in MRAC contests.

Le Mars takes a 4-3 lead in the series since joining the conference.

The Le Mars boys also fell behind early, but unlike in the first game, could not quite climb all the way back. Le Mars fell behind 17-6 after a quarter, pulled to within six points by halftime, but fell by a final score of 60-53.

Ben Martin led the Bulldogs with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Andrew Fifita and Beau Wadle were next with eight points apiece. Fifita added nine rebounds and led the team with three assists. Wadle led the team with a pair of steals.

Teagen Kasel had the teamís only make from 3-point range while finishing with seven points. Le Mars ended just 1-of-10 from the perimeter. CBAL wasnít much better, going 3-of-18 from 3-point range and having an overall lower field goal percentage (35.7%) than the Bulldogs (45.1%), but had more shots at the free-throw line. The Lynx went to the line 22 times and cashed in on 17 free throws. Le Mars was 6-of-11 at the charity stripe.

Cole Arnold led the Lynx with 17 points. Jayden Calabro was right behind with 16 points. They combined for 13 of the teamís 17 free throws made.

Hunter Pearce scored nine points while Creighton Bracker and Etienne Higgins added eight points apiece.

Le Mars dropped to 0-3 on the season and 0-2 in conference games. CBAL improved to 2-0 overall and in conference action. The Lynx have won all seven meetings in the series since Le Mars joined the MRAC.

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