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No. 3 Ballard girls earn share of RRC crown

Ballard’s Alanna Dubberke battles Winterset’s Darby Messerschmitt for a loose ball under the basket during the first half of the Bombers’ 47-24 victory over the Huskies Feb. 11 on senior night in Huxley.
Ballard’s Alanna Dubberke battles Winterset’s Darby Messerschmitt for a loose ball under the basket during the first half of the Bombers’ 47-24 victory over the Huskies Feb. 11 on senior night in Huxley.
Ballard’s Jenna Moody fires a bounce pass at the top of the key in front of Winterset’s Mariah Criswell during the Bombers’ win over the Huskies Feb. 11.
Ballard’s Jenna Moody fires a bounce pass at the top of the key in front of Winterset’s Mariah Criswell during the Bombers’ win over the Huskies Feb. 11.
Abby McGee
Abby McGee
Charcey Petersen
Charcey Petersen
Emily Knittel
Emily Knittel
Gabie Doud
Gabie Doud
Taylor Larson
Taylor Larson

HUXLEY – The No. 3 Ballard girls’ basketball team wrapped up a piece of another Raccoon River Conference championship with a 54-11 dismantling of Carroll Saturday in Huxley.

The Bombers put up 23 points in the first quarter and led by 30 points at the half to put the game away early.

With the victory Ballard finished the regular season at 18-4. The Bombers tied Carlisle for first in the RRC with an 11-3 record, giving them seven conference championships over the last nine years.

Ballard held Carroll to just five field goals all game. The Bombers also limited the Tigers to five free-throw attempts and forced a whopping 34 turnovers.

Emily Knittel put up 12 points and Gabie Doud chipped in 11 points, four steals, three rebounds and one assist for Ballard in the win. Meredith Ossian added seven points and three blocks, Kenzie Ihle hit two 3-pointers and totaled six points, three assists and three steals and Sheridan Gealow stepped up with six points and three steals off the bench.

Charcey Petersen added four points, five steals and three assists and Alanna Dubberke finished with four points, five rebounds, three blocks and two assists and steals apiece for Ballard. Jenna Moody and Shelby Drummond tacked on two points apiece, Taylor Larson pulled down five rebounds and Abby McGee delivered four steals and two assists for the Bombers.

Bianca Irlbeck had three points, six rebounds, three steals and one block for Carroll in a losing effort.

Ballard 54, Carroll 11

C 6 1 2 2 – 11

B 23 14 13 4 – 54

Carroll (11) – Emma Borchers 0-1 0-0 0, Sarah Steffen 0-0 0-2 0, Hayley Boes 1-1 0-0 2, Hannah Lo 0-0 0-0 0, Emily Moores 1-2 0-1 2, Kristin Honold 1-7 0-0 2, Shelby Wenck 0-2 0-0 0, Brenna Lehmann 1-3 0-0 2, Tyra Tryon 0-0 0-0 0, Bianca Irlbeck 1-5 1-2 3. Totals: 5-21 1-5 11. 3-point field goals: None. Rebounds (23): Moores 7. Assists (1): Honold. Steals (7): Irlbeck 3. Blocks (1): Irlbeck.

Ballard (54) – Emily Knittel 4-10 4-5 12, Gabie Doud 4-7 3-4 11, Meredith Ossian 3-6 0-0 7, Kenzie Ihle 2-8 0-0 6, Sheridan Gealow 2-3 2-2 6, Alanna Dubberke 1-2 2-4 4, Charcey Petersen 1-3 2-2 4, Jenna Moody 1-3 0-0 2, Shelby Drummond 1-2 0-0 2, Taylor Larson 0-4 0-0 0, Abby McGee 0-1 0-0 0, Sarah Neal 0-0 0-0 0, Hannah Jensen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 19-49 13-17 54. 3-point field goals (3): Ihle 2, Ossian. Rebounds (24): Dubberke 5, T. Larson 5. Assists (15): Ihle 3, Petersen 3. Steals (25): Petersen 5. Blocks (7): Ossian 3, Dubberke 3.

CARLISLE – The Ballard girls’ basketball team must settle for sharing the Raccoon River Conference championship after suffering a 47-42 loss to the Wildcats Friday in Carlisle.

The Bombers entered the game atop the conference with one less loss than Carlisle. But they were unable to hold off a big fourth quarter by Carlisle Friday as their shot at an outright conference championship slipped away.

A victory over an overmatched Carroll team the following Saturday would give Ballard a share of the RRC crown.

On Friday Ballard overcame a slow start on offense to take a 32-27 lead into the fourth quarter. But Carlisle exploded for 20 points over the final eight minutes and the Bombers only managed 10 points in the period, falling to 17-4 overall and 10-3 in the RRC.

Free throws were the determining factor in the game.

Ballard shot better from the field (39 to 34 percent) and made two more field goals and two more 3-pointers than Carlisle. But the Bombers only attempted four free throws (making all four) and Carlisle went to the line 26 times, converting 15.

Rebounding also hurt Ballard as Carlisle had 16 offensive boards to the Bombers’ eight. Both teams finished with 18 turnovers.

Gabie Doud led Ballard with 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. Meredith Ossian had a big game off the bench for the Bombers as she hit 5 of 7 3-pointers and finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Emily Knittel scored eight points and Abby McGee delivered two points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal for Ballard.

Payton Keeney led Carlisle with 17 points. Agatha Baier contributed 14 points and Mary Grace Wachel chipped in nine for the Wildcats, who improved to 16-6 and finished 11-3 in the RRC.

Carlisle 47, Ballard 42

B 7 13 12 10 – 42

C 12 8 7 20 – 47

Ballard (42) – Jenna Moody 0-1 0-0 0, Gabie Doud 8-17 0-0 17, Abby McGee 1-2 0-0 2, Emily Knittel 2-7 4-4 8, Kenzie Ihle 0-4 0-0 0, Meredith Ossian 5-7 0-0 15, Alanna Dubberke 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor Larson 0-2 0-0 0, Sheridan Gealow 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 16-41 4-4 42. 3-point field goals (6): Ossian 5, Doud. Rebounds (22): Doud 8. Assists (9): Doud 3. Steals (10): Doud 3, Ossian 3. Blocks: None.

Carlisle (47) – Gabby Schnathorst 0-0 1-2 1, Payton Keeney 4-8 9-12 17, Shelbie Curry 1-4 1-2 3, Shyanne Dubois 0-0 0-0 0, Kaleigh Haus 1-8 1-2 3, Mary Grace Wachel 3-14 3-6 9, Liz Fitzgerald 0-0 0-0 0, Agatha Baier 5-7 0-2 14. Totals: 14-41 15-26 47. 3-point field goals (4): Baier 4.

HUXLEY – Senior night was a success for Ballard Feb. 11 in Huxley as the Bombers took on Winterset and handed the Huskies a 47-24 drubbing.

Defense keyed the decisive victory.

Winterset didn’t score until Mariah Criswell hit a shot at the buzzer to end the first quarter. By then, Ballard had a 15-2 lead and the Bombers never let the Huskies make a run; holding them under 10 points in all four quarters.

“Our coaches told us to keep them under double digits every quarter,” Ballard senior guard Abby McGee said. “That’s what we did.”

Ballard was efficient on offense.

The Bombers shot 48 percent from the field and 13 of their 16 field goals came off an assist. Ballard was also a solid 41 percent form 3-point range (7 of 17) and they went 8 of 9 from the foul line.

Gabie Doud led Ballard with 13 points and she also had five rebounds, two blocks, two assists and one steal. With Winterset constantly providing help defense on her in the low post, Doud stepped outside and hit two early 3-pointers to get the ball rolling for the Bombers.

“I was feeling it,” Doud said. “When I hit one my teammates got me it again (outside) and that opened more shots for more people because now they had to guard me out there when usually they don’t.”

Emily Knittel added 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and one block for the Bombers. Meredith Ossian provided a big spark off the bench as she hit two 3-pointers and finished with eight points and one block.

Center Alanna Dubberke stepped up big on senior night for the Bombers. Normally focusing most of her energy on defense and rebounding, Dubberke put up six points on a perfect 3 of 3 shooting performance to give the Bombers another reliable weapon in the post.

“We worked the high-low well,” Dubberke said. “It felt good to finish strong inside.”

Dubberke also had two assists and one block.

Senior Charcey Petersen, and freshmen Jenna Moody and Taylor Larson each hit one 3-pointer, scoring three points apiece.

The senior class of McGee, Petersen, Dubberke, Kenzie Ihle and Sheridan Gealow all said it “felt great” to get a win on senior night.

“I would like to thank our team for playing really hard and sending us out on a good note,” Gealow said. “It was really memorable and it’s a night I won’t forget.”

Junior all-state guard Mariah Criswell led Winterset with eight points. Her younger sister Macayla netted four points for the Huskies.

Ballard 47, Winterset 24

W 2 6 7 9 – 24

B 15 7 13 12 – 47

Winterset (24) – Macy Johnston 0-1 0-0 0, Mariah Criswell 3-9 2-2 8, Erika Shahan 0-0 0-0 0, Darby Messerschmitt 0-2 0-0 0, Macayla Criswell 0-1 4-5 4, C.J. Carter 1-1 0-0 3, Kaylee Crouse 0-0 0-0 0, Sam Moss 0-2 2-3 2, Molly Eyerly 1-6 0-0 2, Layken Gurwell 0-0 0-0 0, Carley Fulcher 1-2 0-0 3, Janel Henggeler 1-3 0-0 2. Totals: 7-27 8-10 24. 3-point field goals (2): Carter, Fulcher. Rebounds (14): Moss 3. Assists (2): Shahan, Henggeler. Steals (8): Johnson, Shahan, Messerschmitt, Mac. Criswell, Crouse, Moss, Eyerly, Fulcher. Blocks (2): Crouse 2.

Ballard (47) – Charcey Petersen 1-1 0-0 3, Jenna Moody 1-1 0-0 3, Gabie Doud 5-9 1-1 13, Abby McGee 0-0 1-2 1, Emily Knittel 2-4 6-6 10, Kenzie Ihle 0-4 0-0 0, Meredith Ossian 3-5 0-0 8, Alanna Dubberke 3-3 0-0 6, Taylor Larson 1-4 0-0 3, Shelby Drummond 0-0 0-0 0, Hannah Jensen 0-1 0-0 0, Sarah Neal 0-1 0-0 0, Sheridan Gealow 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 16-33 8-9 47. 3-point field goals (7): Doud 2, Ossian 2, Petersen, Moody, Larson. Rebounds (22): Doud 5. Assists (13): Doud 2, Knittel 2, Dubberke 2, Gealow 2. Blocks (5): Doud 2.

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