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Poor start hurts Raiders in losses to Rams, Cubs

CMB guard Megan Ritter drives past Nevada’s Kati Cassabaum on the baseline during the Raiders’ 55-34 loss to the Cubs Dec. 12 at Nevada. Photo by Joe Randleman
CMB guard Megan Ritter drives past Nevada’s Kati Cassabaum on the baseline during the Raiders’ 55-34 loss to the Cubs Dec. 12 at Nevada. Photo by Joe Randleman

JEFFERSON – The Collins-Maxwell-Baxter girls’ basketball team nearly overcame a poor start against Greene County Friday, but the Raiders ran out of gas in a 52-44 loss at Jefferson.

CMB gave up 20 points in the first quarter to fall behind by nine. But the Raiders shaved one point off that deficit in the second period, then held the Rams to six points in the third to pull within 40-36.

CMB continued to hang tough in the fourth quarter, but the Raiders couldn’t muster enough on offense to keep pace with Greene County as they dropped to 0-7 on the season and 0-5 in the Heart of Iowa Conference.

The Raiders shot 33 percent from the field and made just 1 of 13 3-pointers. They did a solid job at the line, making 11 of 17 free throws.

CMB won the rebounding battle by a 39-30 margin. The Raiders also had nine steals defensively.

Abbie Haupert turned in another great game at center for CMB. Haupert produced a game-high 22 points after making 8 of 13 field goals and 6 of 8 free throws; she also ripped down an impressive 16 rebounds and added two assists and steals apiece.

Lexi Breon contributed eight points and eight assists and she also had one steal for CMB. Mikayla Eslinger also scored eight points and she chipped in eight rebounds, two steals and one block.

Megan Ritter hit the lone CMB 3-pointer, Mackenzie Schmitz tallied three assists and two points and Bridget Hurley had five rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Kayla Mobley had 16 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists to lead Greene County. Stacy Mears added 10 points, Hannah Onken scored nine and Marissa Promes finished with six points, seven rebounds and two assists for the Rams.

Greene County 52, CMB 44

CMB 11 15 10 8 – 44

GC 20 14 6 12 – 52

CMB (44) – Mackenzie Schmitz 1-5 0-0 2, Sydney Ziesman 0-0 0-0 0, Megan Ritter 1-4 0-0 3, Bridget Hurley 0-5 1-3 1, Mikayla Eslinger 3-13 2-4 8, Abbie Haupert 8-13 6-8 22, Lexi Breon 3-8 2-2 8. Totals: 16-48 11-17 44. 3-point field goals (1): Ritter. Rebounds (39): Haupert 16. Assists (16): Breon 8. Steals (9): Hurley 3. Blocks (1): Eslinger.

Greene County (52) – Emma Saddoris 0-1 0-0 0, Thea Ballard 0-3 0-0 0, Allie Stoline 0-1 0-0 0, Tressa Rasmussen 2-4 0-0 5, Abby Bravard 0-1 0-0 0, Stacy Mears 4-6 0-0 10, Marissa Promes 3-4 0-0 6, Emily Christensen 1-3 0-0 3, Jolee Wessling 1-6 1-6 3, Kayla Mobley 6-17 4-5 16, Hannah Onken 4-7 1-2 9. Totals: 21-53 6-13 44. 3-point field goals (4): Mears 2, Rasmussen, Christensen. Rebounds (30): Promes 7. Assists (14): Christensen 3, Wessling 3. Steals (13): Mobley 3. Blocks (1): Bravard.

NEVADA – Collins-Maxwell-Baxter couldn’t keep up with Nevada’s hot outside shooting in a 55-34 loss to the Cubs Dec. 10 at the Nevada High School Field House.

Nevada connected on 10 of 23 3-pointers and CMB only converted one shot from behind the arc all game. That combined with turnover issues to prevent the Raiders from keeping pace with a team ranked No. 10 in Class 3A.

Nevada put the game out of reach early. The Cubs led by 11 after one quarter and 18 at the half and they went up by 27 after three quarters.

CMB showed good fight in the fourth quarter as the Raiders outscored the Cubs by six to prevent the game from getting completely out of hand.

The Raiders only attempted 26 shots from the field and they made 10. CMB did a great job at the line – converting 13 of 15 free throws – and the Raiders also won the rebounding battle by a comfortable 34-24 margin.

Abbie Haupert and Bridget Hurley each recorded a double-double in the loss for CMB. Haupert had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Hurley finished with 12 points, 10 boards, three assists and two steals.

Lexi Breon chipped in six points and five assists and Mackenzie Schmitz added two points, assists and steals apiece.

Megan Pringnitz hit 5 of 9 3-pointers to finish with a game-high 17 points for Nevada. Pringnitz also had five rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Alli Fey turned in a big game off the bench for the Cubs. Fey hit four 3-pointers and totaled 15 points; she also registered five assists, four rebounds and four steals.

Nevada 55, CMB 34

CMB 6 7 8 13 – 34

N 17 14 17 7 – 55

CMB (34) – Madilyn Brindle 0-0 0-0 0, Mackenzie Schmitz 1-1 0-0 2, Sydney Ziesman 0-0 0-0 0, Megan Ritter 0-0 0-1 0, Bridget Hurley 3-6 5-5 12, Mikayla Eslinger 0-3 0-0 0, Abbie Haupert 4-8 6-7 14, Lexi Breon 2-8 2-2 6. Totals: 10-26 13-15 34. 3-point field goals (1): Hurley. Rebounds (34): Haupert 11. Assists (10): Breon 5. Steals (6): Schmitz 2, Hurley 2. Blocks: None.

Nevada (55) – Claire Ausman 2-6 0-1 5, Abby Stephenson 2-6 0-0 4, Megan Pringnitz 6-11 0-2 17, Emma Lodestein 1-1 2-2 4, Alli Fey 5-8 1-4 15, Jessica Helton 2-7 0-0 4, Kati Cassabaum 3-6 0-0 6, Amaris Hornbuckle 0-0 0-0 0, Christine Ausman 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 21-46 3-9 55. 3-point field goals (10): Pringnitz 5, Fey 4, Cl. Ausman. Rebounds (24): Pringnitz 5. Assists (17): Fey 5. Steals (15): Cassabaum 5. Blocks (3): Cl. Ausman, Stephenson, Cassabaum.

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