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No. 10 Comets cruise to 4-0

North Polk forward Miranda Murphy powers up a shot over Roland-Story’s Kirsten Waline during the second half of the Comets’ 59-42 Heart of Iowa Conference victory over the Norse Friday in Alleman. Murphy scored 21 of her game-high 29 points in the second half. Photo by Joe Randleman
North Polk forward Miranda Murphy powers up a shot over Roland-Story’s Kirsten Waline during the second half of the Comets’ 59-42 Heart of Iowa Conference victory over the Norse Friday in Alleman. Murphy scored 21 of her game-high 29 points in the second half. Photo by Joe Randleman
North Polk center Hannah Becker pulls down a rebound in front of Roland-Story’s Brittany Hammes during the No. 10 Comets’ home win over the Norse Friday. Photo by Joe Randleman
North Polk center Hannah Becker pulls down a rebound in front of Roland-Story’s Brittany Hammes during the No. 10 Comets’ home win over the Norse Friday. Photo by Joe Randleman

ALLEMAN – A monster effort over the middle two quarters propelled the North Polk girls’ basketball team to a 67-51 non-conference win over West Marshall Saturday in Alleman.

After trailing at the end of the first quarter, North Polk outscored West Marshall by an astronomical 45-18 margin over the next two quarters to turn what looked to be a competitive game into a rout.

North Polk shot 46 percent from the field and held West Marshall to a 34-percent shooting night. The Comets made 8 of 17 3-pointers compared to the Trojans’ 3 of 16 showing from long range and North Polk also won the rebounding battle by a 42-33 margin.

Miranda Murphy and Megan Murphy combined for 42 points to lead North Polk. Miranda had 23 points on 10 of 16 shooting from the field and she also ripped down 14 rebounds and dished out two assists; Megan netted 19 points after making 5 of 11 3-pointers and she also came away with three steals.

Freshmen Macy Gill, Hannah Becker and Maddy Hill also made valuable contributions for North Polk. Gill chipped in 10 points, four rebounds and three assists; Becker added four points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal and Hill delivered two points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals.

Rachel Zimmermann tacked on five points and three rebounds and Riley Murphy and Rebecca Rimathe each scored two points for the Comets, who improved to 4-0.

West Marshall dropped to 2-3. Rachel Freland had 23 points and six steals and Gabby Ryerson totaled 18 points, 14 rebounds and four steals for the Trojans in a losing effort.

North Polk 67, West Marshall 51

WM 14 12 6 19 – 51

NP 13 26 19 9 – 67

West Marshall (51) – Rachel Freland 9-20 2-2 23, Georgia Porter 0-0 0-0 0, Shannon Breja 2-3 0-0 4, Mackenzie Coberley 1-9 0-0 2, Kailyn Brewer-Reece 0-2 0-0 0, Maggie Sodders 0-1 0-0 0, Rosie Dawley 0-0 0-0 0, Kassy Kern 0-1 0-0 0, Maddie Green 0-1 0-0 0, Madisen Streeter 0-5 0-2 0, Gabby Ryerson 7-16 4-6 18, Addie Wilkinson 1-3 0-1 2, Shay Slifka 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 21-62 6-11 51. 3-point field goals (3): Freland 3. Rebounds (33): Ryerson 14. Assists (8): Streeter 3. Steals (18): Freland 6. Blocks (3): Streeter, Ryerson, Wilkinson.

North Polk (67) – Macy Gill 3-5 3-6 10, Megan Murphy 7-18 0-1 19, Cali Capaldo 0-0 0-0 0, Hannah Becker 2-5 0-2 4, Bekah Ward 0-2 0-0 0, Maddy Hill 1-4 0-0 2, Rachel Scott 0-0 0-0 0, Riley Murphy 1-4 0-0 2, Miranda Murphy 10-16 1-2 23, Jaci Sardou 0-0 0-0 0, Rachel Zimmerman 2-4 1-2 5, Rebecca Rimathe 1-1 0-0 2, Makayla Burt 0-0 0-0 0, Allison Hale 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 27-59 5-13 67. 3-point field goals (8): Me. Murphy 5, Mi. Murphy 2, Gill. Rebounds (42): Mi. Murphy 14. Assists (14): Hill 4. Steals (10): Me. Murphy 3. Blocks: None.

ALLEMAN – Great defensive adjustments and a huge showing from all-state forward Miranda Murphy were enough to get North Polk a convincing 59-42 victory over Roland-Story in a Heart of Iowa Conference showdown Friday in Alleman.

North Polk had struggled with a vastly-improving Roland-Story in the final meeting of the two teams last year before holding on for 47-39 victory. It looked as if another intense game between the two schools Friday after they entered the locker room at halftime engaged in a 26-26 tie.

But in the second half North Polk adjusted its defense after star Norse forward Natalie Vance lit up the Comets for 15 points in the first half. North Polk held Vance to 10 points in the second half and took away Roland-Story’s second and third options.

As a result the Norse gradually wore down – scoring just four points in the final five minutes of play.

“We mixed it up on defense a lot,” Murphy said. “Everyone played really well together.”

Murphy, meanwhile, took it upon herself to take the game over offensively for North Polk in the second half. She scored 21 of her game-high 29 points over the final two quarters.

“I just knew I needed to be more active,” Murphy said. “My teammates set good screens and rebounded well and then I just got in there, was patient and made the shots.”

Murphy scored 20 of North Polk’s first 27 points in the second half to help the Comets build a 53-38 lead.

“They triangle-and-two’d us and we struggled a little bit early getting into a rhythm,” North Polk head coach Clint Albertsen said. “That’ll happen when we play that type of defense. But we persevered through it and Miranda did what she usually does.”

Murphy finished an impressive 10 of 16 from the field. She also hurt Roland-Story from the line, making 9 of 10 free throws to help the Comets pull away down the stretch.

“Free throws are important,” Murphy said. “I try to work on them a lot.”

Murphy also pulled down 10 rebounds, blocked three shots and came away with two steals and an assist on the night.

Murphy’s twin sister Megan was the initial spark plug for North Polk. With everyone else struggling against Roland-Story’s tough defense Megan stepped up and scored eight of the team’s first 10 points to keep the Comets close early.

Megan ended up with 13 points, one assist and one steal.

Freshman Hannah Becker was huge inside for North Polk. Becker helped North Polk hold a 41-28 rebounding edge by snaring 11 boards and she also blocked four shots, tallied two steals and scored five points.

Maddy Hill – another freshman – scored seven points and added five rebounds and two steals for North Polk. Rachel Zimmerman had three points, two assists and one block and Macy Gill tacked on two points and five rebounds to help the Comets improve to 3-0 in the HOIC.

Roland-Story dropped to 1-2 both overall and in the conference. The Norse ended up shooting just 27 percent from the field and hitting on only 4 of 17 3-pointers.

Vance carried nearly the entire offensive load for Roland-Story as she ended up with 25 points. Vance made 7 of 14 field goals, 4 of 9 3-pointers and 7 of 9 free throws and she also had five rebounds and four steals.

Taylor Olson had four points and eight rebounds and Brooke Staker finished with six points, three assists and two steals for the Norse.

North Polk 59, Roland-Story 42

R-S 13 13 5 11 – 42

NP 10 16 14 19 – 59

Roland-Story (42) – Kirsten Waline 1-2 1-2 3, Lexi Crutchfield 1-4 0-0 2, Brittany Hammes 0-3 2-3 2, Natalie Vance 7-14 7-9 25, Paige Lowe 0-0 -0 0, Brooke Staker 2-14 2-3 6, Alyssa Miller 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor Olson 1-5 2-2 4, Traci Marineau 0-0 0-0 0, Alexa Whipple 0-2 0-2 0, Bridget Concannon 0-0 0-0 0, Samantha Janvrin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 12-45 14-21 42. 3-point field goals (4): Vance 4. Rebounds (28); Hammes 6. Assists (3): Staker 3. Steals (7): Vance 4. Blocks: None.

North Polk (59) – Macy Gill 0-2 2-2 2, Megan Murphy 4-19 4-5 13, Cali Capaldo 0-0 0-0 0, Hannah Becker 2-5 1-2 5, Bekah Ward 0-1 0-0 0, Maddy Hill 3-6 1-2 7, Rachel Scott 0-0 0-0 0, Riley Murphy 0-9 0-0 0, Miranda Murphy 10-16 9-10 29, Rachel Zimmerman 1-4 0-0 3, Rebecca Rimathe 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 20-62 17-21 59. 3-point field goals (2): Me. Murphy, Zimmerman. Rebounds (41): Mi. Murphy 10. Assists (5): Zimmerman 2. Steals (7): Becker 2, Hill 2, Mi. Murphy 2. Blocks (9): Becker 4.

COLFAX – North Polk made short work of Colfax-Mingo Dec. 3 as the Comets outscored the Tigerhawks by at least 11 points in each of the first three quarters en route to an overwhelming 67-18 victory.

North Polk built a huge 61-16 lead after three quarters and the coasted home for its second Heart of Iowa Conference victory in as many tries.

Megan Murphy had a huge individual game for North Polk. Murphy scored a career-best 28 points after making 13 of 19 field goals, including 2 of 5 3-pointers, and she also had three steals defensively.

Miranda Murphy added 15 points, eight rebounds, six assists, six steals and one block in a terrific all-around outing for the Comets. Megan and Miranda’s younger sister Riley chipped in six points, three assists and two steals.

Hannah Becker had four points, three rebounds and one block, Bekah Ward netted four points and Macy Gill ended up with three points and two assists for the Comets.

Jade Lewis had seven points, three rebounds and one block and Jena Teed tacked on five points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal for the Tigerhawks.

North Polk 67, Colfax-Mingo 18

NP 15 24 22 6 – 67

C-M 4 5 7 2 – 18

North Polk (67) – Macy Gill 1-5 1-1 3, Megan Murphy 13-19 0-0 28, Cali Capaldo 0-1 0-0 0, Hannah Becker 2-4 0-0 4, Bekah Ward 2-4 0-0 4, Maddy Hill 1-3 1-2 3, Rachel Scott 0-2 0-0 0, Riley Murphy 3-6 0-0 6, Miranda Murphy 6-11 3-6 15, Jaci Sardou 0-1 0-0 0, Rachel Zimmerman 1-5 0-0 2, Rebecca Rimathe 1-1 0-0 2, Makayla Burt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 30-62 5-9 67. 3-point field goals (2): Me. Murphy 2. Rebounds (21): Mi. Murphy 8. Assists (13): Mi. Murphy 6. Steals (18): Mi. Murphy 6. Blocks (2): Becker, Mi. Murphy.

Colfax-Mingo (18) – Alivia Haley 1-3 0-0 2, Jena Teed 2-6 0-0 5, Jessica Albright 0-3 0-0 0, Ivy Moore 0-0 0-0 0, McKenzie Cogley 2-6 0-0 4, Jade Lewis 2-2 3-4 7, Breawna Schroeder 0-2 0-0 0, McKinzie Tjaden 0-0 0-0 0, Amy Russell 0-1 0-0 0, Dakota Hostetter 0-0 0-0 0, Brianna Cooper 0-0 0-0 0, Kayla VanDusseldorp 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 7-25 3-4 18. 3-point field goals (1): Teed. Rebounds (18); Teed 4, Cogley 4. Assists (5); Teed 2, Albright 2. Steals (2): Teed, Tjaden. Blocks (2): Cogley, Lewis.

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