Ravens have busy week of basketball

Ravens have busy week of basketball

Senior Josiah Beachy Photo Credit: Hillcrest Yearbook

The next chapter of the Southeast Iowa Superconference basketball rivalry between Lone Tree and Hillcrest Academy will be written Tuesday. The Hillcrest boys are 7-6 this year, 7-3 in the Superconference after a 60-40 loss at home to Keota Saturday, led by 18 points from Grant Bender. This season, the Ravens score 56 points per game and give up 47, shooting 45% from the floor, 34% from three and 51% at the line with 24 boards, 15 assists, 12 steals and 11 turnovers per game. Individually, Bender averages a team best 17 points and six boards per night with Luke Schrock’s four assists and three steals leading the guards.

The Lone Tree boys are 6-9 overall, 3-6 in the Superconference after an 82-38 win over Highland Friday. This season, the Lions score 56 points per game and give up 55, shooting 40% from the floor, 31% from three and 52% at the line with 33 rebounds, 14 assists, 10 steals and 18 turnovers per game. Individual leaders include Ethan Bockelman at nine points per night. Emett Burke averages five rebounds, three assists and three steals per night. The Ravens beat the Lions 78-48 in Kalona December sixth with Grant Bender scoring 25 points, Seth Ours 17 and Luke Schrock 11.

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It’s a non-conference doubleheader in Kalona Saturday afternoon when the Keota Eagle boys and girls basketball teams visit the Hillcrest Academy Ravens. The Hillcrest boys come into the weekend with a 7-5 mark for the year, 7-3 in the Southeast Iowa Superconference after a 65-46 loss to WACO Thursday where Seth Ours had 17 points and Grant Bender 11. On the year, the Ravens score 58 points per game and give up 46, shooting 49% from the floor, 39% from distance and 50% at the line with 22 rebounds, 14 assists, 11 steals and 10 turnovers per game. Individual leaders include Bender at 17 points and five boards per night with Luke Schrock at four assists and three steals per game.

The Keota boys are 11-3 this year, 9-2 in the South Iowa Cedar League East after dismantling Colfax-Mingo last night 84-43. This season, the Eagles score 65 per game and give up 46, shooting 43% from the floor, 29% from deep and 57% at the line with 36 rebounds, 13 assists, 11 steals and 15 turnovers per game. Individual Eagle leaders include Sawyer Stout at 18 points per night, Billie Kindred nine boards and Cole Kindred with five assists and two steals per night.

The Hillcrest girls are in search of their first win at 0-13 overall, 0-9 in the Superconference. They fell to WACO 66-36 Thursday with Claire Withrow scoring 22 points. This season the Ravens score 22 points per game and give up 51, shooting 22% from the floor, 24% from three and 49% at the line with 27 rebounds, four assists, six steals and 25 turnovers per game. Individually, Withrow averages 11 points per game, Delaney Shaw six boards and Malia Yoder two steals and two assists.

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The WACO Warrior boys and girls basketball teams continued their terrific campaigns Thursday with a pair of road wins over the Hillcrest Academy Ravens at Hillcrest Union in Kalona. The WACO girls were a 66-36 winner. The Warriors won each of the first two periods by matching 18-8 scores to take a 36-16 lead into half. WACO continued to extend their lead after break, outscoring the Ravens 30-20 after intermission. After the game, WACO head coach Lisa Graber talked about the keys to victory and individual standouts. “We feel comfortable with whoever gets the rebound to turn and push the ball up the floor, and we have people capable of running the floor. If we make those connections, I think those are nice scenarios where we can get some easy buckets. (Ellah Kissell) is really athletic and she did a really nice job tonight just finishing. She didn’t have a three, she can do that too, but, tonight one of our goals was that we weren’t going to live and die by the three point line. We were going to run the floor. We have to keep pushing ourselves that way, and then finishing at the bucket. Grace (Coble) I know had some of those and then Katie (Leichty). They just run the floor and play well together there. We just wanted to see if we could accomplish those things and I think we could see that in the scoring category.”

WACO won the turnover battle 20-7 and outrebounded Hillcrest by two. Ella Kissell continued her incredible scoring string this season with a game high 30 points to lead a trio for WACO in double figures with Grace Coble putting up 15 and Katie Leichty 12. Claire Withrow continued her impressive offensive second half of the year with a 22 point night that included six threes. With the win, WACO moves to 11-2 on the year and 8-1 in league play. Hillcrest is 0-13 overall.

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