|Maharishi School Varsity Teams Lose to Central Lee
|Central Lee defeated the
Maharishi School varsity boys basketball team 69-45 before a packed gym in
Donnellson, wresting the Western Division title of the SEI Superconference
from the Pioneers.
The Golden Hawks guaranteed themselves at least a share of the division
title, while Maharishi School will finish either in a tie for second place
or in third place. Central Lee also avenged an 83-58 thrashing at the
hands of the Pioneers just a month ago.
The visitors jumped out to a 12-5 lead behind seven points from Zach
Silverman and five points from David Dannemann. But after a Central
Lee timeout, the lead soon turned into a 15-14 deficit. Maharishi School
trailed 39-27 when Silverman hit a 3-pointer at the end of the half.
The gap narrowed to eight points in the third quarter, but the Pioneers
could get no closer. Dannemann missed most of the second half with foul
trouble. and fouled out with more than five minutes to go. Silverman
fouled out with more than three minutes left and the Pioneers trailing
Zach had 18 points and David 9 points, but each only two in the second
half. Noah Loin and Michael Hauptman had 6 points apiece, Willy Kern added
4, and Chris Lynch had 2. But the hot shooting in the earlier win against
Central Lee was mostly absent, as many shots just wouldn't go in the
basket. And the Hawks benefited from their own hot shooting, as a spate of
three-pointers helped them build their first-half lead and free-throw
accuracy helped them pull away in the second half.
The varsity girls gave the division champion Central Lee girls a strong
challenge with a gritty defensive performance before dropping a 53-42
decision. The Pioneers trailed only 28-27 in the third quarter and stayed
within 5-6 points for most of the game. Amellia Schuldt led with 15
points. Jodi Dey had 10 before leaving with a sprained ankle in the fourth
quarter. Taylor Ross had 6 points, Anna Tarnoff 5, Anna Shook 4, and
Divindy Grant 2.
The girls have concluded their regular season with 3-9 record in division
play and a 6-14 record overall. They begin the district tournament with a
contest against Cardinal, whom they defeated three times this season. The
game is at 7:00 p.m. at the Field House on Monday, February 11.
The boys next game is at home against Northern Division champion Iowa
Mennonite (15-3). They defeated IMS in Kalona last year in a 52-51
thriller and expect another exciting contest. It will probably begin
around 7:30 p.m. following the junior varsity game at 6:00 p.m.
Scores by Quarter
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