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Ballard boys stomp Woodward Academy 69-46

HUXLEY – The Ballard boys’ basketball team dominated the first three quarters of play against Woodward Academy en route to a 69-46 victory over the Knights Saturday at Huxley.

The Bombers scored 20 points in each of the first three periods to take a 60-29 lead. That enabled Ballard to use the fourth quarter as mop-up time as the Bombers easily improved to 5-3 on the season with the non-conference win.

Ballard shot 47 percent from the field and held Woodward Academy to 30-percent shooting. The Bombers also held a 41-33 rebounding advantage and forced 19 turnovers.

Mason Jensen scored 23 points on 10 of 14 shooting from the field and Nick Hartman was 6 of 7 from the field and a perfect 3 of 3 from 3-point range, putting up 15 points for Ballard in the win. Jensen also had four rebounds, three assists and three steals and Hartman finished with a team-high nine rebounds and three steals.

Jacob Nethers just missed scoring in double figures for Ballard with nine points and Nathan Carlin added seven points and five rebounds. Mason Edwards chipped in five points, six rebounds and two steals; Kolby Jensen had three points and seven assists and Connor Pietsch tacked on two points and blocks apiece for the Bombers.

Ballard 69, Woodward Academy 46

WA 12 11 6 17 – 46

B 20 20 20 9 – 69

Ballard (69) – Kolby Jensen 1-2 1-4 3, Kobe Schulze 1-2 0-0 2, Nathan Carlin 2-5 2-2 7, Jacob Nethers 3-6 2-3 9, Jaden Moody 1-5 0-0 2, Tanner Petersen 0-2 0-0 0, Mason Jensen 10-14 2-3 23, Cole Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Mason Edwards 1-4 2-4 5, Chase Seibert 0-4 1-2 1, Nick Hartman 6-7 0-0 15, Jake Herrin 0-2 0-0 0, Conner Pietsch 0-0 2-2 2. Totals: 25-53 12-20 69. 3-point field goals (7): Hartman 3, Carlin, Nethers, M. Jensen, Edwards. Rebounds (41): Hartman 9. Assists (14): K. Jensen 7. Steals (11): M. Jensen 3. Blocks (2): Pietsch 2.

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