Kaleb Whaley came off the bench to score 17 points for the Cardinals — a career high. He sank four three-point baskets to fuel the Cardinals to victory. 


• Girls

The Maquoketa girls basketball team went 1-1 on the short holiday week. 

On Dec. 21, the Independence Mustangs came to town for a make-up game that was postponed from Dec. 1. The Cardinals picked up their second win of the season, downing the Mustangs 43-19. 

The very next night the Cardinals traveled to Marion and were defeated 54-37 by the Indians, giving the Cardinals a 2-6 record heading to the Christmas break.

Nobody reached double figures in scoring against the Mustangs, but Tenley Cavanagh led a balanced attack for the Cardinals. She finished with 9 points; Jackie Miller recorded 8, while CJ Yeager chipped in with 7 points.

The Cardinals defense limited the Mustangs to just 28 shot attempts in the game. The Mustangs made only seven shots from the field for 25% while the Cardinals put up 61 shots, only making 17 or 27.9%. 

After three quarters the Cardinals held a commanding 39-8 lead, allowing coach James Doepke to rest his starters for most of the fourth quarter,giving the whole roster playing time.

The Cardinals will return to play at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Mount Vernon.

Maquoketa 43

Independence 19

Ind (1-5)     3      3     2   11 — 19

Maq (2-6)   13   14   12    4 — 43

Points — Tenley Cavanagh 9; Jackie Miller 8; CJ Yeager 7; Madilyn Lemke 6; Carley Davis 5; Mikaela Burken 4; Hope Meyer 3; Addie Bowman 1. Rebounds — Lemke 8; Davis 7; Burken 3; Emma Chapin 3; Yeager 2; Miller 2; Bowman 2; T. Cavanagh 1; Meyer 1; Kuhlman 1; Carley Cavanagh 1; Keeley Waack 1. Assists — T. Cavanagh 5; Davis 3; Burken 2; Yeager 1; Miller 1; Bowman 1. Steals — Yeager 4; T. Cavanagh 2; Bowman 2; Miller 1; Meyer 1; Kuhlman 1; Chapin 1; Burken 1; C. Cavanagh 1. Blocks — Davis 3; Lemke 1; C. Cavanagh 1. FG — 17-61. FT — 4-7. 3PT — 5-18.


Marion 54

Maquoketa 37

Maq (2-7)     9   6   6   16 — 37

Mar (3-4)    13  8  18  15 — 54

Stats not available at press time.

Cold-shooting River Hawks take loss to Prince of Peace

CLINTON — The Easton Valley River Hawks girls basketball team ended the year on a sour note as they fell to Prince of Peace 55-26 in Clinton Dec. 22.

The River Hawks could not get the ball to go through the basket all night, making 11 of 51 shots for 21.6%. 

The River Hawks lost the rebounding war by a sizeable margin 45-27 The Irish grabbed 21 offensive boards compared to the River Hawks’ 6.

The River Hawks did record eight assists out of the 11 made baskets and took better care of the basketball, committing a season-low 13 turnovers; they average 20.7 turnovers a game.

Renee Hartung led the team in scoring with 7 points followed by Maddi Klemme with 6. Liviah Johnson and Klemme grabbed eight rebounds apiece to pace the River Hawks. 

Kaitlyn Kuhl’s return to the line-up is a ways off yet, according to coach Chad Gruver, who will have to scramble his line-up in Kuhl’s absence. 

The River Hawks start the new year at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, at home against Anamosa.

Prince of Peace 55

Easton Valley 26

EV (4-5)      4     5    5  12 — 26

PoP (5-3)   12  20  17  6   — 55

Points — Renee Hartung 7; Maddi Klemme 6; Dakota Dyson 5; Sydney McNeil 4; Liviah Johnson 2; Rissa Yaddof 2. Rebounds — Johnson 8; Klemme 8; Hartung 5; Dyson 4; McNeil 2. Assists — Klemme. 3; Hartung 3; Johnson 1; Dyson 1. Steals — Klemme 3; Dyson 2. Blocks — Dyson 2; Klemme 1. FG — 11-51. FT — 2-2. 3PT — 2-16.

• Boys

Late charge gives Cards victory over Marion

When the Maquoketa Cardinals and the Marion Indians get together, it is usually a close and intense game and this game did not disappoint.

The Cardinals boys basketball team earned a tough victory against the Indians going into holiday break Dec. 22. The team came from behind to defeat Marion 80-77 on the Cardinals home turf. 

With the win, the Cardinals entered the holiday break with a 4-3 record.

The Indians led most of the first quarter, leading 23-21 at the end of one.

The Indians opened a nine-point lead with a little over four minutes left in the third quarter. But one minute later, the Cardinals were down by only four. 

Coach Matt Hartman said his team wasn’t flustered by the deficit. 

“The kids didn’t panic when they got behind by nine points because [with] our style of play we can make points up rather quick. We tell our kids no deficit is too much for us to overcome, and no lead is safe for us,” Hartman said.

The Cardinals get the ball down to the offensive end of the court as fast as possible thanks to plenty of players’ quickness at numerous positions. 

Connor Becker led the team in scoring with a career-high 27 points on the strength of four three-point baskets and five two-point baskets. One of Becker’s three-pointers pulled the Cardinals into a tie at 71-71 with 1:41 left in the game. 

Only 41 seconds later, Brady Digmann hit a three-pointer to give the Cardinals the lead with one minute to play. Caiden Atienza hit four free throws in the last minute to secure the victory. 

Kaleb Whaley came off the bench to score 17 points, which also is his career high. He sank four three-point baskets to fuel the Cardinals to victory. 

Digmann fouled out in the last minute but not before he scored 17 points, including three three-point baskets. Atienza chipped in 15 points.

The Cardinals as a team knocked down 13 three-point shots and went 15-23 at the free throw line. Both the Cardinals and the Indians committed 20 fouls.

The Cardinals next travel to Mount Vernon Tuesday, Jan. 5, to start the new year.

Maquoketa 80

Marion 77

Mar (3-5)   23  19  16  19 — 77

Maq (4-3)  21  19  16  24 — 80

Points — Connor Becker 27; Brady Digmann 17; Kaleb Whaley 17; Caiden Atienza 15; Ethan Combs 2; Tai Streets 1; Mitchell Roeder 1. 

Full stats were not available at press time.


River Hawks stay perfect by beating Prince of Peace

CLINTON — The Easton Valley River Hawks picked up another conference win before Christmas break, bringing their conference record to 3-0 and overall record to 8-0.

The River Hawks traveled to Clinton to take on the Prince of Peace Irish and downed them 60-48

Senior Kaleb Cornilsen poured in a team-high 22 points while Porter Fuegen provided double-figure support with 18. Cornilsen and Carson Fuegen led a balanced rebounding effort with six points each; Cayden Deardorff and Dylon Dyson grabbed five apiece

Coach Dan Beck said he was proud of his team’s mental preparation.

“This was a game and court where it can be tough to win, and I am proud of the metal preparation this group put in which resulted in a well-played game for us,” Beck said. “It was a good win for us and gives us a chance to (catch our breath) before coming back for a couple of more tough contests early in January.”

The first of those contests comes Saturday, Jan. 2, against a tough 2A team when Anamosa rolls into the Miles gym.

Easton Valley 60

Prince of Peace 48

EV (8-0)   19  10  15  16 — 60

PoP (2-5) 12  10  11  15 — 48

Points — Kaleb Cornilsen 22; Porter Fuegen 18; Cayden Deardorff 7; Dylon Dyson 5; Aidan Gruver 5; Carson Fuegen 3. Rebounds — C. Fuegen 6; Cornilsen 6; Deardorff 5; Dyson 5; Gruver 1. Assists — C. Fuegen 7; Deardorff 4; P. Fuegen 3. Steals — C. Fuegen 4; P. Fuegen 2; Cornilsen 2; Dyson 1. Blocks — Deardorff 1. FG — 23-42. FT — 11-16. 3PT — 3-11.