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Ballard’s Nick Hartman powers up a shot near the basket during the first half of Ballard’s 58-49 victory over Winterset Feb. 11 in Huxley. Hartman had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
Ballard’s Nick Hartman powers up a shot near the basket during the first half of Ballard’s 58-49 victory over Winterset Feb. 11 in Huxley. Hartman had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
Mason Edwards tallied eight points and 10 rebounds in Ballard’s victory over Winterset Feb. 11.
Mason Edwards tallied eight points and 10 rebounds in Ballard’s victory over Winterset Feb. 11.
Jacob Nethers
Jacob Nethers
Jaden Moody
Jaden Moody
Kolby Jensen
Kolby Jensen
Mason Jensen
Mason Jensen
Tanner Petersen
Tanner Petersen

HUXLEY – The Ballard boys’ basketball team capitalized on a big edge at the foul line to stun a Carroll team ranked seventh in Class 3A Saturday in Huxley.

The Bombers nearly let a comfortable halftime lead slip away, but they regrouped in time to pull off a 69-61 victory in overtime.

Ballard scored 20 points in the second quarter to build a 32-23 lead at the half. After three quarters the Bombers still held a 47-41 lead, but Carroll rallied in the fourth quarter – holding Ballard to just nine points in the period – to pull even at 56-56 by the end of regulation.

In the extra session Ballard turned up the dial on defense, limiting Carroll to only five points. That enabled the Bombers to pull away for the big win to finish 11-3 in the RRC and improve to 13-6 overall.

Ballard ended up making 22 of 27 shots from the foul line. Carroll went just 7 of 20 from the charity stripe and that big gap in success at the line proved to be the difference in the game.

The Bombers also outrebounded the Tigers, 33-27. Ballard shot 43 percent from the field and made three 3-pointers and Carroll shot 42 percent with four 3-pointers.

A balanced attack helped Ballard on offense.

Mason Jensen paced the Bombers with 21 points and he also had four rebounds. Sophomore Jaden Moody stepped up with his biggest game of the year at the right time – netting 16 points after making 5 of 10 field goals and 6 of 6 free throws – and also contributed four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Mason Edwards also scored in double figures with 11 points and he added eight rebounds, three steals and two assists. Jacob Nethers just missed the double-digit mark as he scored nine points and added two assists and two steals.

Kolby Jensen and Nick Hartman chipped in five points apiece. Kolby also handed out three assists and came away with two steals, and Hartman pulled down eight rebounds.

Carroll dropped to 15-4 overall and finished 12-2 in the RRC with the loss. Cody Netusil had 19 points and two steals, Eli Cleveland put up 18 points and nine rebounds and Addison Ross tacked on 10 points and nine rebounds for the Tigers.

Ballard 69, Carroll 61 (OT)

C 12 11 18 15 5 – 61

B 12 20 15 9 13 – 69

Carroll (61) – Kyle Christensen 0-0 0-0 0, Addison Ross 4-9 2-8 10, Dalton Helmkamp 0-1 0-0 0, Eli Cleveland 6-17 4-6 18, Ben Wellendorf 2-3 0-0 4, Cody Netusil 9-14 1-4 19, Zach Riddle 0-0 0-0 0, Kolby Molinsky 1-7 0-2 2, Kacy Snyder 3-8 0-0 8, Conner Holdsworth 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 25-59 7-20 61. 3-point field goals (4): Cleveland 2, Snyder 2. Rebounds (27): Ross 9, Cleveland 9. Assists (12): Molinsky 7. Steals (9): Helmkamp 2, Wellendorf 2, Netusil 2. Blocks: None.

Ballard (69) – Kolby Jensen 0-4 5-6 5, Nathan Carlin 0-1 0-0 0, Jacob Nethers 3-9 2-2 9, Jaden Moody 5-10 6-6 16, Mason Jensen 8-15 3-5 21, Cole Wilson 1-1 0-0 2, Mason Edwards 5-8 1-2 11, Nick Hartman 0-3 5-6 5. Totals: 22-51 22-27 69. 3-point field goals (3): M. Jensen 2, Nethers. Rebounds (33): Edwards 8, Hartman 8. Assists (9): K. Jensen 3. Steals (9): Edwards 3. Blocks: None.

CARLISLE – Strength on the boards and good defense helped Ballard roll to a 68-48 victory over Carlisle Friday at Carlisle.

The Bombers posted a 43-25 rebounding advantage, including 10-3 on the offensive glass. They also held Carlisle to 33-percent shooting, avenging an earlier loss to the Wildcats.

The third quarter was the turning point in the game.

Ballard led 34-28 at the half and then outscored Carlisle 17-6 over the third quarter. The Bombers didn’t relax in the fourth quarter, despite the 17-point cushion, as they pulled away for the decisive victory.

Jacob Nethers hit 4 of 7 3-pointers and finished with 18 points, five assists, four rebounds and one steal for Ballard. Kolby Jensen also stepped up as he drained 3 of 6 shots from behind the arc and totaled 14 points, four assists and one steal.

Mason Jensen struggled from the field, but he still produced a strong all-around game for the Bombers. Mason had 13 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two steals.

Nick Hartman tacked on eight points and 10 rebounds for the Bombers.

Josh Hagedorn produced 11 points and five assists and Jared Veith totaled 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals for Carlisle. Bradley Hydorn added 10 points and six rebounds for the Wildcats.

Ballard 68, Carlisle 48

B 20 14 17 17 – 68

C 14 14 6 14 – 48

Ballard (68) – Kolby Jensen 5-9 1-3 14, Nathan Carlin 0-1 0-0 0, Jacob Nethers 7-12 0-0 18, Jaden Moody 2-4 1-3 5, Tanner Petersen 1-2 0-0 2, Mason Jensen 4-17 5-8 13, Cole Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Mason Edwards 2-2 1-2 5, Chase Seibert 1-1 0-0 3, Nick Hartman 4-7 0-0 8, Jake Herrin 0-1 0-1 0. Totals: 26-56 8-17 68. 3-point field goals (8): Nethers 4, K. Jensen 3, Seibert. Rebounds (43): M. Jensen 10, Hartman 10. Assists (17): M. Jensen 6. Steals (5): M. Jensen 2. Blocks: None.

Carlisle (48) – Payton Burris 1-2 0-0 2, Josh Hagedorn 4-16 2-3 11, Ty Erb 1-2 0-2 2, Jacob Klier 0-1 0-0 0, Brayden Burk 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Cowan 1-1 0-0 3, Jared Veith 4-11 0-0 10, Jordan Pierce 0-0 0-0 0, Dylan Dunn 3-6 0-0 8, Bryce Moulton 0-0 0-0 0, Henry Sanders 0-0 0-0 0, Danil Pestrikov 0-0 0-2 0, Bradley Hydorn 3-9 4-4 10, Andrew Sharp 1-3 0-0 2, Noah Schmitt 0-4 0-0 0. Totals: 18-55 6-11 48. 3-point field goals (6): Veith 2, Dunn 2, Hagedorn, Cowan. Rebounds (25): Veith 8. Assists (12): Hagedorn 5. Steals (5): Veith 2. Blocks: None.

HUXLEY – It may not have been pretty, but Ballard found a way to get the job done against Winterset Feb. 11 in Huxley as the Bombers came on strong in the second half to pull off a 58-49 victory.

In the first half Ballard had trouble putting distance between itself and a Husky team that had just come off its first victory (a 62-47 non-conference win over Clarke three days earlier). Winterset never let Ballard get a lead of greater than six points in the first two quarters, and by halftime, the Bombers only led 25-22.

But Ballard stepped it up offensively in the third quarter to get some breathing room.

A 3-pointer by Mason Jensen and a three-point play from Jacob Nethers pushed Ballard’s lead to 35-24 with five minutes, 24 seconds left in the third. By the end of the period the Bombers still had an 11-point cushion at 43-32.

The fourth quarter started with another Ballard run. Nethers put up seven points early in the fourth to help Ballard build a 55-37 lead.

“We weren’t moving the ball well as a team in the first half,” Nethers said. “But in the second half we attacked the rim and started shooting free throws. That got us in a rhythm.”

A big reason Ballard struggled early was due to foul trouble on Jensen, the team’s starting point guard and leading scorer.

But Nethers and Nick Hartman stepped up to help carry the load for Ballard.

Hartman scored nine points in the first half to help keep Ballard in front. He finished with a double-double, posting 14 points and 11 rebounds.

“Mason is a really good offensive threat, but whenever he gets in foul trouble or things just aren’t falling for him, somebody else has to step up,” Hartman said. “Tonight just happened to be my night.”

Nethers did most of his damage over the final two quarters. He scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half.

“I wasn’t shooting the ball well in the first half,” Nether said. “So I tried to attack the rim in the second half, then work my way out.”

Jensen ended up with 11 points, Mason Edwards posted eight points and 10 rebounds and Kolby Jensen finished with seven points for Ballard.

Ballard shot 40 percent from the field as a team and did well from the line and on the boards, converting 18 of 24 free throws and recording a 34-18 rebounding edge. The Bombers struggled from 3-point range (2 of 14) and they also allowed Winterset to shoot better from the field (45 percent).

“Last year we didn’t finish off the (regular) season strong and I think that affected our postseason,” Nethers said. “Our last three games we’ve got to finish strong and that’ll help our chances to get to Wells Fargo – our ultimate goal.”

Colby Van Pelt and Parker Klimesh each scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds for Winterset in a losing effort.

Ballard 58, Winterset 49

W 12 10 10 17 – 49

B 15 10 18 15 – 58

Winterset (49) – Nick Nelson 2-5 1-2 5, Patrick McNamara 3-5 0-0 7, Matt Baur 2-6 2-2 6, Jaxon Nordstrom 0-2 0-0 0, Colby Van Pelt 6-8 0-0 12, Grant Williams 2-5 0-0 4, Austin Motsinger 1-3 0-0 3, Daniel Brookhart 0-3 0-0 0, Parker Klimesh 5-10 0-0 12. Totals: 21-47 3-4 49. 3-point field goals (4): Klimesh 2, McNamara, Motsinger. Rebounds (18): Van Pelt 5, Klimesh 5. Assists (14): Nordstrom 5. Steals (2): Nelson 2. Blocks: None.

Ballard (58) – Kolby Jensen 2-5 3-5 7, Nathan Carlin 0-2 0-0 0, Jacob Nethers 6-11 5-5 18, Jaden Moody 0-5 0-0 0, Tanner Petersen 0-1 0-2 0, Mason Jensen 3-7 4-4 11, Cole Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Mason Edwards 4-6 0-0 8, Chase Seibert 0-1 0-0 0, Nick Hartman 4-9 6-8 14. Totals: 19-47 18-24 58. 3-point field goals (2): Nethers, M. Jensen. Rebounds (34): Hartman 11. Assists (5): Nethers 2. Steals (6): Nethers 2. Blocks (1): Nethers.

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