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Comets roll past Raiders in HOIC battle

ALLEMAN – A dominant first half enabled North Polk to cruise to a 66-29 victory over Collins-Maxwell-Baxter in a Heart of Iowa Conference girls’ basketball affair Jan. 28 in Alleman.

North Polk overwhelmed CMB in the second quarter, outscoring the Raiders by 17 points. That enabled the Comets to build a 40-14 lead at the half.

A strong defensive performance in the second half allowed North Polk to build its lead before the final horn sounded as the Comets improved to 13-4 overall and 12-2 in the HOIC.

North Polk outrebounded CMB 28-18. The Comets shot 46 percent from the field, made 4 of 10 3-pointers and 10 of 11 free throws, and picked up 12 steals defensively.

CMB shot 35 percent from the field and made 4 of 9 3-pointers. The Raiders only went to the line four times and they finished with just two steals.

Megan Murphy scored 24 points after making 8 of 14 field goals, 2 of 5 3-pointers and all six of her free throws to pace North Polk. Murphy also had three rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

Miranda Murphy chipped in 13 points, eight rebounds, four steals and two assists for the Comets. Freshmen Macy Gill and Maddy Hill both put up eight points for North Polk and Hill also grabbed six rebounds.

North Polk held CMB all-conference center Abbie Haupert to seven points. But Haupert continued to do well on the glass, snaring 10 rebounds, and she dished out three assists.

Lexi Breon also had seven points and she handed out two assists. Bridget Hurley tacked on six points, one assist and one steal and Megan Ritter scored four points for the Raiders, who fell to 4-14 overall and 2-12 in the HOIC.

North Polk 66, CMB 29

CMB 10 4 11 4 – 29

NP 19 21 16 10 – 66

CMB (29) – Mackenzie Schmitz 1-4 1-2 3, Sydney Ziesman 0-0 0-0 0, Megan Ritter 2-4 0-0 4, Bridget Hurley 2-5 0-0 6, Virginia Sposeto 0-0 0-0 0, Katie Ziesman 0-4 0-0 0, Mikayla Eslinger 1-2 0-2 2, Abbie Haupert 3-9 0-0 7, Lexi Breon 3-6 0-0 7. Totals: 12-34 1-4 29. 3-point field goals (4): Hurley 2, Haupert, Breon. Rebounds (18): Haupert 10. Assists (8): Haupert 3. Steals (2): Hurley, K. Ziesman. Blocks: None.

North Polk (66) – Macy Gill 3-7 1-1 8, Megan Murphy 8-14 6-6 24, Ali Teig 0-0 0-0 0, Cali Capaldo 0-1 0-0 0, Hannah Becker 1-1 0-0 2, Maggie Potter 1-2 0-0 2, Maddy Hill 3-9 2-2 8, Rachel Scott 1-1 0-0 3, Riley Murphy 2-3 0-0 4, Miranda Murphy 6-15 1-2 13, Jaci Sardou 0-0 0-0 0, Rachel Zimmermann 1-3 0-0 2, Rebecca Rimathe 0-0 0-0 0, Alison Hale 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 26-57 10-11 66. 3-point field goals (4): Me. Murphy 2, Gill, Scott. Rebounds (28): Mi. Murphy 8. Assists (4): Mi. Murphy 2. Steals (12): Mi. Murphy 4. Blocks (2): Me. Murphy.

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