Boys and Girls Basketball

Maquoketa senior Autumn Dykstra goes for a reverse layup then gets fouled across her face on while playing Solon Feb. 11. She made the basket and the free throw for a three-point play the hard way, scoring 21 points on senior night.

Basketball

Boys

Solon 51

Maquoketa 43

The Maquoketa Cardinals boys basketball team keeps come up just short in the points department.

The Cardinals lost both games last week as Solon handed the Cardinals a tough 51-43 loss Feb. 11. Then Williamsburg visited Maquoketa on a Valentine’s Day senior night to beat the Cards 62-52.

The Cardinals just could not get over the last hurdle Friday night against Williamsburg. After one quarter the Cardinals held a one-point lead but found themselves down by one at half.

At the start of the fourth quarter, the Cards were down by 9 and in foul trouble, with senior Clayton Widel and junior Caiden Atienza fouling out in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals committed 25 fouls in the game.

The Cards cut into the Williamsburg lead, getting it down to six, but the Raiders pushed the lead up to 15. The score see-sawed but the Cards just could not break through coming up short for a 62-53 loss.

Connor Becker poured in a team-high 18 points and three assists. Brady Digmann had 12 points and two assists.

The Cardinals end the regular season Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Anamosa before starting the postseason against Central DeWitt at DeWitt Feb. 24 at 8 p.m.

S (6-14)    14              11              19               7 — 51

M (4-15)     9              11                9              14 — 43

Points — Clayton Widel 14; Caiden Atienza 9; Mitchell Roeder 7; Kannon Coakley 6; Connor Becker 4; Brady Digmann 3;. Rebounds — Widel 3; Atienza 3; Roeder 2; Coakley 2. Assists — Becker 2; Coakley 2; Digmann 1; Atienza 1; Widel 1; Daniel Coyle 1. Steals — Coakley 3; Becker 2; Atienza 2; Widel 2; Digmann 1; Roeder 1; Kasey Coakley 1; Emmett Sheets 1. Blocks — Widel 4. FG — 13-29. FT — 12-15. 3PT — 5-15. 

Williamsburg 62

Maquoketa 52

(At Maquoketa Feb. 14)

W (15-6)   12              14              19              17 — 62

M (4-16)   13              12              12              15 — 53

Points — Connor Becker 18; Brady Digmann 12; Mitchell Roeder 8; Caiden Atienza 7; Clayton Widel 7; Max Keller 1. Rebounds — Widel 6; Atienza 5; Becker 3; Kannon Coakley 3; Keller 2; Grant Michel 2; Kasey Coakley 1; . Assists — Becker 3; Roeder 3; Kannon Coakley 3; Digmann 2; Atienza 2; . Steals — Becker 2; Digmann 1; Keller 1; Atienza 1; Roeder 1. Blocks — Widel 2; Kannon Coakley 1. FG — 17-39. FT — 9-19. 3PT — 10-21. 

Easton Valley 66

Morningstar 34

The Easton Valley varsity basketball team made history on Valentine’s Day as, for the first time in school history, the team went undefeated during regular season play. This accomplishment became extra nice when the freshmen-sophmore boys did the same earlier in the night.

The varsity team finished the regular season with a perfect 21-0 record, 12-0 in Tri-Rivers Conference play for the team’s fifth East Division championship in seven years.

The fresh-soph team ended with a record of 19-0.

Braydin Farrell, who has been starting for five games after Jessen Weber was injured, has made a big impact on the team. He knocked down three-point shots almost as well as Weber. Farrell lead the team in scoring during the last regular-season game, pouring in 21 points on three three-point baskets and 2-2 at the free thrown line.

Farrell also recorded a team-high five assists, had three steals and one blocked shot, and committed no fouls. Few teams have someone who can come in and replace a starter with no drop in production.

M (15-2)   13                4                8              9 — 34

EV (19-0) 15              22              21              8 — 66

Points — Cade Jargo 20; Kaleb Cornilsen 20; Nate Trenkamp 12; Braydin Farrell 7; Hunter Holdgrafer 3; Porter Fuegen 2; Jacob Petersen 2. Rebounds — Cornilsen 7; Holdgrafer 5; Farrell 4; Jargo 3; Trenkamp 1; Petersen 1; Fuegen 1; Logan House 1; Hayden Bormann 1. Assists — Jargo 6; Trenkamp 3; Farrell 2; Cornilsen 2; Petersen 1; Holdgrafer 1. Steals — Farrell 4; Holdgrafer 3; Trenkamp 2; Cornilsen 2. Blocks — Holdgrafer 1. FG — 25-49. FT — 9-14. 3PT — 7-14. 

Easton Valley 63

Lisbon 46

(At Preston Feb. 11)

L (10-10)  13                7              12              14 — 46

E (20-0)    18              16              14              15 — 63

Points — Kaleb Cornilsen 24; Nate Trenkamp 11; Cade Jargo 9; Braydin Farrell 9; Hunter Holdgrafer 6; Porter Fuegen 4. Rebounds — Cornilsen 11; Holdgrafer 8; Farrell 6; Trenkamp 4; Jargo 1; Fuegen 1; Logan House 1. Assists — Jargo 3; Cornilson 3; Trenkamp 2; Fuegen 2. Steals — Jargo 3; Cornilsen 3; Holdgrafer 3; Trenkamp 2; Farrell 2. Blocks — Holdgrafer 3. FG — 25-61. FT — 7-12. 3PT — 6-21. 

Easton Valley 69

Marquette Catholic 47

(At Bellevue Feb. 14)

E (21-0)    22              21              14              12 — 69

M (5-16)     9              12              10              16 — 47

Points — Braydin Farrell 21; Kaleb Cornilsen 16; Cade Jargo 10; Nate Trenkamp 8; Hunter Holdgrafer 7; Cayden Deardoff 4; Logan House 3. Rebounds — Cornilsen 11; Holdgrafer 10; Jargo 4; Farrell 3; Trenkamp 2; House 2; Porter Fuegen 1; Keaton Wilson 1; Haydin Bormann 1. Assists — Jargo 5; Farrell 5; Cornilsen 2; Trenkamp 1; Wilson 1; Holdgrafer 1; House 1. Steals — Cornilsen 4; Farrell 3; House 2; Trenkamp 1; Fuegen 1; Holdgrafer 1. Blocks — Cornilsen 2; Farrell 1; Holdgrafer 1. FG — 26-56. FT — 10-16. 3PT — 7-24. 

Girls

Maquoketa 69

Solon 56

The Maquoketa Cardinals girls basketball team ended the regular season in style with a victory over the Solon Spartans on senior night at home Feb. 11.

The Cardinals honored six seniors, four of whom were in the starting lineup Tuesday.

Seniors Nell Sybesma and Autumn Dykstra each scored over 20 points, with Sybesma leading the way with 27 and Dykstra’s 21. Sybesma also grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds. Dykstra hit 4 of 6 three-point tries and went perfect from the free throw line 5-5 part of her 21 points. Sybesma went 11-15 from the field, and 5-6 free throws for her 27-points.

As a team, the Cardinals made 17 of 19 free throws and recorded 17 assists on 23 made baskets.

For the season, Sybesma scored in double figures in all but two games and recorded nine double-doubles. Sybesma also scored more than 20-points seven times on the season. Dykstra also scored in double figures in all but two games and scored more than 20-points three times.

The Cardinals (16-5) will host West Delaware (2-18) Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the first round of postseason play starting at 7 p.m. With the winner earns the right to play Central DeWitt in DeWitt on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 5 p.m.

S (9-12)      8              12              21              15 — 56

M (16-5)   23              12              20              14 — 69

Points — Nell Sybesma 27; Autumn Dykstra 21; Tenley Cavanagh 11; Cari Pickup 4; Abbi Strathman 4; Addi Bowman 2. Rebounds — Sybesma 13; Pickup 7; Strathman 6; Cavanagh 3; Dykstra 3; Madilyn Lemke 1. Assists — Pickup 6;Sybesma 4; Strathman 4; Cavanagh 2; Lemke 1. Steals — Dykstra 2; Bowman 1; Sybesma 1. Blocks — Pickup 3; Sybesma 2; Dykstra 1; Strathman 1. FG — 23-43. FT — 17-19. 3PT — 6-11. 

Easton Valley 37

Lisbon 27

The Easton Valley River Hawks girls basketball ended the regular season at Preston by beating Lisbon in a low scoring game 37-27 Feb. 11.

RaeAnn Carlson had a team-high 12 points and 10 rebounds. Kierra Messerich chipped in with six points.

The River Hawks started postseason play Thursday, Feb. 13, at Clinton against Tri-Rivers Conference foe Prince of Peace. The River Hawks lost to Prince of Peace twice in the regular season. The last time these two teams tangled, POP held off EV 46-44, giving the River Hawks confidence that they could go on the road and win.

But, the game did not start good for the River Hawks, who fell behind 19-3 in the first quarter. They just could not get shots to go their way. The River Hawks only scored 8 points at halftime, trailing 26-8.

The River Hawks season ended by the score of 46-26.

Sydney McNeil had a team-high 11 points, and senior Rae Ann Carlson scored 6 points.

The River Hawks ended the season with an 11-9 record. 

L (7-14)      5              4                6                12 — 27

E (11-8)    11              9                6                11 — 37

Points — RaeAnn Carlson 12; Kierra Messerich 6; Sydney McNeil 4; Liviah Johnson 4; Sarah Driscoll 4; Calli Beck 4; Sydney Stoll 3. Rebounds — Carlson 10; McNeil 9; Driscoll 6; Messerich 4; Johnson 4; Stoll 3; Beck 3; Renee Hartung 1. Assists — Driscoll 5; McNeil 1; Stoll 1; Messerich 1. Steals — Johnson 3; Stoll 1; Messerich 1; Driscoll 1. Blocks — Carlson 1; Beck 1. FG — 12-47. FT — 11-15. 3PT — 2-13. 

Prince of Peace 46

Easton Valley 26

(At Clinton Feb. 13)

E (11-9)      3              5                10               8 — 26

P (13-9)    19              7                  5              15 — 46

Points — Sydney McNeil 11; RaeAnn Carlson 6; Liviah Johnson 4; Kierra Messerich 2; Calli Beck 2; Sydney Stoll 1.