GRINNELL — A 17-point second half was not enough offensive firepower for Newton High’s Cardinals boys to claim their first win of the season on Friday.
Host Grinnell built on its 14-point halftime lead with 27 points in the final two quarters for a 64-40 win in Little Hawkeye Conference play at Grinnell College’s Darby Gym.
Newton fell to 0-19 to wrap up its regular season and went 0-13 in LHC play. In Cardinal boys’ basketball history, Newton had an 0-20 season in 1999, 1-18 season in 1997 and 0-6 campaign in 1918.
The Cardinals were down 20-8 at the end of the first quarter. They had a strong run by junior post player Quintrial Coley on the inside to climb back into the game at 29-23 in the second period.
Unfortunately, the Tigers netted back-to-back 3-pointers as Newton came up empty on the offensive end. Grinnell ended the first half on an 8-0 run to lead 37-23.
Newton went cold offensively in the second half. The Tigers had an 11-8 scoring edge in the third period then outscored the Cardinals 16-9 in the final eight minutes.
The Cardinals shot 24 percent, 11-of-46, from the field. They were 15-of-22 at the free-throw line. They lost the battle on the boards, 40-29.
Coley had a double-double for Newton with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Kyle Long fired 12 points, hitting three of the team’s four 3-pointers.
Freshman Adam Mattes had eight points and sophomore Logan Schilling added five points. Allen had two assists and Schilling made two steals.
Grinnell (8-12/4-9) was led by junior Jake Hull with 23 points. Sophomore A.J. Wilkins had 11 points.
Newton travels on Monday to play in the Class 3A Substate 6 tournament, facing fellow LHC team Pella. The Cardinals and 3A third-ranked Little Dutch tip off at 8 p.m. as Pella hosts a substate doubleheader with Grinnell play Carlisle at 6:30 p.m.
Lynnville-Sully girls 62, Meskwaki Settlement girls 43
VICTOR — Reaching the Class 1A Region 4 championship game is almost a yearly occurrence for the Lynnville-Sully Hawk basketball girls. They are in it again, winning 62-43 on Friday night against Meskwaki Settlement at Victor.
The 1A fifth-ranked Hawks (18-3) will play No. 7 Marquette Catholic (20-2) at 7 p.m. on Monday at Iowa City West High School. Marquette Catholic beast Calamus-Wheatland 52-16 on Friday night in the other regional semifinal.
“The girls gutted another game out,” Lynnville-Sully head coach Jerry Hulsing said. “Our execution was not the greatest on either end of the floor, but at crunch time they stepped up and made the plays we needed.”
Lynnville-Sully was up 15-8 at the end of the first quarter. The Hawks led 26-17 at halftime. Meskwaki played almost even with the Hawks in the third period, 13-12, but Lynnville-Sully finished the game on a 23-14 run in the fourth period.
“The key was we slowed down on offense and let it work and were able to attack the basket for some easy buckets. Our defense picked up to stop Meskwaki offense from scoring,” Hulsing said.
Senior Carson Fisk fired in 26 points for the Hawks, who shot 41 percent — 22-of-53 — from the field. Sophomore Krystal Van Dyke chalked up another double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Mallory Loftus added 12 points.
Senior Shiloh Cunningham dished out four assists, made four steals, grabbed nine rebounds and scored six points. Fisk had three assists and seven rebounds. Lynnville-Sully had a 51-30 edge in rebounds.
Sophomores Cally Gibbs and Korinne Jansen each scored two points. Janelle Rozendaal, a junior, had one point. The Hawks cashed in on 16-of-30 free throw attempts.
Meskwaki (12-9) shot 26 percent, 16-of-61, from the field and went 8-of-14 at the free-throw line. Junior Payton Tahahwah had 20 points for Meskwaki.