|Varsity boys blast Columbus Junction
|The varsity boys basketball team
opened play in the Class 2A District 11 tournament by blasting Columbus
Junction 82-38 at the Field House. They advance to the district semifinal,
to be held at 6:30 p.m. (a change from the published time) at Mount
Pleasant High School on Thursday, February 21.
The Pioneers broke open a tight game mid-way in the first quarter. David
Dannemann hit the first of five consecutive three-pointers for the hosts.
Then, with a 9-8 lead, Kevin Craig hit a 3-point shot off a Spencer Bright
steal. Dannemann hit his second three-pointer, then fed Michael Hauptman
for another three. After Chris Lynch's trey, the score stood at 21-10.
Zach Silverman fed Noah Loin, who made a lay-up and a free throw after
being fouled. That left the score at 24-12 and began a 17-0 run, featuring
a pair of twisting lay-ups by Dannemann, and a fast break from Zach to
Kevin and back to Zach for another lay-up.
David led the balanced scoring at half-time with 11 points, followed by
Zach with 10, Michael with 7 and four other players in the scoring column.
With so many offensive weapons, Maharishi School built an insurmountable
40-16 lead at the intermission.
The Pioneer defense created havoc for the visitors. Willy Kern would often
jump high into the air to deflect a shot or send passes and shots
off-course. David once created a turnover by not allowing the opposing
point guard to advance the ball in five seconds. Michael, Zach, and Willy
helped contain 6-6 Eli Pavey, Columbus Junction's leading scorer, who went
without a point for the game.
The Wildcats (10-12) scored the first basket of the second half, but the
Pioneers answered with a 23-1 tear. That stretched the margin from 40-18
to 63-19. It began with a pair of three-pointers by Kevin and featured a
fast break, going from Zach to David and back to Zach for a lay-up. A
no-look pass from Zach to Michael made the score 52-19, then Kevin hit his
fourth three-pointer in four attempts.
Zach fired in a three-pointer with less then two minutes remaining in the
third quarter, extending the margin to 68-23. He and David then left the
game for the evening to a standing ovation.
Jonathan Jarvis hit a jumper, then stole the Wildcats' next possession
leading to a lay-up by Spencer. That concluded a 32-point third quarter,
the biggest offensive explosion in one period this season for the varsity
boys. Willy Kern began the fourth quarter with a three-pointer, the
Pioneers' tenth of the game, giving his team its biggest lead at 75-23.
Zach finished with 23 points, followed by David with 13, Kevin with 12,
and Michael with 11. Chris, Noah, and Willy had 5 apiece, Jonathan,
Spencer, and Will Carlisle 2 apiece. Lucas Carter made a steal and fed
John Armstrong for another 2 points.
The next opponent for Maharishi School (16-6) is Wapello (15-6), which is
second-seed in District 11 but dropped a 67-49 decision to the Pioneers in
Scores by Quarter
||Two more for the Pioneers.
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