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No. 4 Bomber girls top Boone in defensive battle

Bombers sweep Toreadors with 37-23 victory

HUXLEY – Great defense helped No. 4 Ballard overcome a poor shooting night to oust Boone, 37-23, in a Raccoon River Conference affair Friday in Huxley.

The Bombers only shot 27 percent from the field and they were an uncharacteristic 12 of 26 from the foul line. But they managed to hold the Toreadors to just seven field goals and also came away with 16 steals to easily overcome the shooting woes and improve to 14-2 overall and 7-1 in the RRC.

The first half was especially sluggish for both teams as Ballard held a 13-7 lead at the break. The Bombers matched their entire first half scoring output in the third quarter to build a 13-point lead and the continued dominance on defense enabled them to put the final nail in the coffin in the fourth quarter.

Gabie Doud had 13 points, 10 rebounds and three steals and Emily Knittel came through with 11 points, three rebounds and three steals for Ballard. Kenzie Ihle hit two 3-pointers and finished with six points and two steals, Meredith Ossian tacked on five points and two blocks and Abby McGee chipped in five steals and three assists for the Bombers.

Sierra Leeds paced Boone with seven points and Serena Sandvig added six points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block. Carrie Overland chipped in five points and Mariah McPartland compiled 12 rebounds and five blocks for the Toreadors, who fell to 8-6 overall and 3-5 in the conference.

Ballard 37, Boone 23

Bo 3 4 6 10 – 23

B 6 7 13 11 – 37

Boone (23) – Sierra Leeds 2-5 3-5 7, Serena Sandvig 2-6 2-6 6, Carrie Overland 1-1 2-2 5, Mariah McPartland 1-7 1-2 3, Taylor Johnson 1-4 0-0 2, Morgan McKim 0-3 0-0 0, Dianna Slight 0-3 0-0 0, Bridget Biersner 0-4 0-0 0. Totals: 7-33 8-15 23. 3-point field goals (1): Overland. Rebounds (42): McPartland 12. Assists (6): Sandvig 3. Steals (5): Sandvig 2. Blocks (6): McPartland 5.

Ballard (37) – Gabie Doud 3-7 7-16 13, Emily Knittel 4-10 3-6 11, Kenzie Ihle 2-8 0-0 6, Meredith Ossian 2-7 0-0 5, Abby McGee 0-1 2-4 2, Alanna Dubberke 0-1 0-0 0, Charcey Petersen 0-2 0-0 0, Jenna Moody 0-2 0-0 0, Taylor Larsen 0-3 0-0 0, Sheridan Gealow 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 11-41 12-26 37. 3-point field goals (3): Ihle 2, Ossian. Rebounds (33): Doud 10. Assists (6): McGee 3. Steals (16): McGee 5. Blocks (2): Ossian 2.

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