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No. 11 Bombers move to 4-1

Gabie Doud
Gabie Doud

HUXLEY – The Ballard girls’ basketball team dominated Iowa Falls-Alden from start to finish in a 67-24 non-conference victory Saturday in Huxley.

Ballard – the 11th-ranked team in Class 4A – overwhelmed Iowa Falls-Alden in the first quarter, outscoring the Cadets by 19 points. The Bombers took a 30-9 lead at the half and then put 20 points on the board in the third quarter to go up by 30 and ice the game.

Ballard shot 51 percent from the floor and hit on 10 of 15 free throws. The Bombers displayed great unselfishness, racking up an impressive 21 assists on 27 field goals.

On defense Ballard came away with 20 steals and four blocks The Bombers also owned a 26-21 rebounding advantage.

Gabie Doud scored 20 points on 8 of 13 shooting as the only Bomber to score in double figures. She also had four rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block.

Nine other Bombers got into the scoring act in a balanced effort.

Emily Knittel had nine points, five rebounds, five steals and two assists and Shelby Drummond came off the bench to score eight points. Abby McGee and Meredith Ossian netted seven points apiece; McGee added four steals and two assists and Ossian dished out two assists.

Charcey Petersen scored six points and added five rebounds and three assists. Jenna Moody and Taylor Larson tacked on three points apiece and Sarah Neal and Sheridan Gealow each scored two points.

Kenzie Ihle led Ballard in assists with six to help the Bombers improve to 4-1 on the season.

Saje Ites was the leading scorer for Iowa Falls-Alden with seven points. Jewell Friend added six points for the Cadets.

Ballard 67, Iowa Falls-Alden 24

IFA 2 7 11 4 – 24

B 21 9 20 17 – 67

Iowa Falls-Alden (24) – Jewell Friend 3-5 0-0 6, Emma Juhl 0-1 0-0 0, Brittany Fisher 1-3 0-0 2, Sophia Wibholm 1-10 1-1 3, Cali Viet 0-1 0-0 0, Jacy Nelsen 0-1 0-0 0, Aubree Gilbreth 0-0 0-0 0, Sam Kluesner 0-3 2-2 2, Taylor Ackerman 1-1 2-2 4, Saje Ites 3-7 1-2 7. Totals: 9-32 6-7 24. 3-point field goals: None. Rebounds (21): Viet 5. Assists (3): Juhl 2. Steals (5): Friend, Juhl, Wibholm, Gilbreth, Ites. Blocks: None.

Ballard (67) – Charcey Petersen 3-5 0-2 6, Jenna Moody 1-4 0-0 3, Gabie Doud 8-13 4-4 20, Abby McGee 3-6 0-0 7, Emily Knittel 3-6 3-3 9, Kenzie Ihle 0-3 0-0 0, Meredith Ossian 3-6 0-0 7, Alanna Dubberke 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor Larson 1-2 1-3 3, Shelby Drummond 3-3 2-3 8, Hannah Jensen 0-1 0-0 0, Sarah Neal 1-1 0-0 2, Sheridan Gealow 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 27-53 10-15 67. 3-point field goals (3): Moody, McGee, Ossian. Rebounds (26): Petersen 5, Knittel 5. Assists (21): Ihle 6. Steals (20): Knittel 5. Blocks (4): Dubberke 2.

BOONE – An awesome second-half defensive effort enabled Ballard to win its Raccoon River Conference opener against Boone in convincing fashion Friday as the Bombers traveled to Boone and handed the Toreadors a 48-23 setback.

Ballard limited Boone to just six points the entire second half. The Bombers only gave up three points in each of the final two quarters to turn what had been a close game at the half into a rout.

The Bombers led 22-17 at the break. They upped their advantage to 14 points after three quarters and then used a dominant fourth quarter to hammer the final nail in the coffin and give the Toreadors their first loss.

Ballard held Boone to 9 of 33 shooting and just four free-throw attempts. The Bombers posted a 28-23 rebounding advantage over a Toreador team with more size, and Ballard also racked up an impressive 16 steals on defense.

Emily Knittel and Meredith Ossian both scored 13 points for Ballard in the win. Knittel added three steals and rebounds apiece and Ossian shot 3 of 6 from 3-point range and chipped in four rebounds and two steals off the bench.

Gabie Doud tacked on eight points and she also had seven rebounds, two steals and one assist. Jenna Moody tallied seven points and one steal off the bench, Alanna Dubberke finished with four points and five rebounds and Abby McGee led Ballard defensively with seven steals, and she added three points and three assists.

Junior center Mariah McPartland had eight points, six rebounds and three blocks for Boone in the loss. Morgan McKim tacked on five points and Carrie Overland handed out six assists for the Toreadors.

Ballard 48, Boone 23

Ba 12 10 12 14 – 48

Bo 7 10 3 3 – 23

Ballard (48) – Charcey Petersen 0-2 0-0 0, Jenna Moody 3-5 0-0 7, Gabie Doud 3-5 2-2 8, Abby McGee 1-5 1-2 3, Emily Knittel 6-13 1-3 13, Kenzie Ihle 0-5 0-0 0, Meredith Ossian 5-8 0-0 13, Alanna Dubberke 2-7 0-0 4, Taylor Larson 0-1 0-0 0, Shelby Drummond 0-0 0-1 0, Hannah Jensen 0-0 0-0 0, Sarah Neal 0-0 0-0 0, Sheridan Gealow 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 20-51 4-8 48. 3-point field goals (4): Ossian 3, Moody. Rebounds (28): Doud 7. Assists (14): Petersen 3, McGee 3. Steals (16): McGee 7. Blocks (1): Gealow.

Boone (23) – Carrie Overland 0-4 0-2 0, Alex Mullins 0-1 0-0 0, Dianna Slight 1-3 0-0 2, Morgan McKim 2-7 0-0 5, Sierra Leeds 0-5 0-0 0, Taylor Johnson 1-1 0-0 2, Megan Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Bridget Biersner 1-5 1-2 3, Kara Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Angelina Kallo 1-1 0-0 3, Mariah McPartland 3-5 0-0 8. Totals: 9-33 1-4 23. 3-point field goals (4): McPartland 2, McKim, Kallo. Rebounds (23): McPartland 6. Assists (9): Overland 6. Steals (3): Leeds 2. Blocks (3): McPartland 3.

NORWALK – A big second half lifted Ballard to a 49-38 road win over Norwalk in non-conference play Dec. 3 at Norwalk.

The Bombers outscored the Warriors 28-15 over the final two quarters to erase a 23-21 halftime deficit and improve to 2-1. Turnovers proved to be the key in Ballard’s comeback as the Bombers compiled 21 steals to finish with 12 more field-goal tries and 11 more free-throw attempts than the Warriors.

Gabie Doud had a huge game individually for Ballard in the win. Doud scored a game-high 26 points after making 9 of 16 field goals and 8 of 14 free throws, and she also ended up with six rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Emily Knittel had nine points and four rebounds, Kenzie Ihle contributed seven points and six steals and Abby McGee came through with three points, four assists and seven steals. Jenna Moody and Sheridan Gealow each chipped in two points, Alanna Dubberke pulled down six rebounds and blocked one shot and Charcey Petersen added five steals for the Bombers.

Tori VanVelzen put up 11 points, eight rebounds, five blocks and two steals for Norwalk. Elyse Rice added seven points and Sidney Logan and Olivia Lucas tacked on six points apiece.

Ballard 49, Norwalk 38

B 9 12 17 11 – 49

N 10 13 9 6 – 38

Ballard (49) – Charcey Petersen 0-1 0-0 0, Jenna Moody 1-1 0-0 2, Gabie Doud 9-16 8-14 26, Abby McGee 0-2 3-7 3, Emily Knittel 3-6 3-3 9, Kenzie Ihle 2-8 1-2 7, Meredith Ossian 0-1 0-0 0, Alanna Dubberke 0-2 0-0 0, Sheridan Gealow 0-2 2-2 2. Totals: 15-39 17-28 49. 3-point field goals (2): Ihle 2. Rebounds (22): Doud 6, Dubberke 6. Assists (10): McGee 4. Steals (21): McGee 7. Blocks (2): Ihle, Dubberke.

Norwalk (38) – Gabby Grove 0-2 0-0 0, Kierstin Vaske 2-3 0-1 4, Hannah Hoover 0-1 2-4 2, Jaycie Owens 0-1 0-0 0, Sidney Logan 2-5 2-3 6, Hannah Poppens 0-0 0-0 0, Tori VanVelzen 3-5 5-7 11, Hannah Hegland 1-4 0-0 2, Olivia Lucas 2-2 0-0 6, Elyse Rice 3-4 1-2 7. Totals: 13-27 10-17 38. 3-point field goals (2): Lucas 2. Rebounds (23): VanVelzen 8. Assists (7): Poppens 2, Hegland 2. Steals (7): Logan 2, VanVelzen 2, Hegland 2. Blocks (8): VanVelzen 5.

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