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Sluggish shooting hurts Bomber boys in loss to Carlisle

Ballard’s Jaden Moody flips a shot over Carlisle’s Josh Hagedorn during the second half of the Bombers’ 63-57 home loss to the Wildcats Friday in Huxley. Photo by Joe Randleman
Ballard’s Jaden Moody flips a shot over Carlisle’s Josh Hagedorn during the second half of the Bombers’ 63-57 home loss to the Wildcats Friday in Huxley. Photo by Joe Randleman

HUXLEY – A lethargic start never fully disappeared for the Ballard boys’ basketball team in a 63-57 loss to Carlisle Friday in Huxley.

The Bombers opened the game out of sync as they failed to score for nearly three minutes. They trailed by four points after one quarter and by the middle of the second period, their deficit grew to seven points.

Ballard closed out the first half with tough defensive stretch to pull within 24-23.

Nick Hartman scored on a nice pass from Kolby Jensen to give Ballard a 25-24 lead at the very start of the third quarter. That was the only lead Ballard had all game.

Bradley Hydorn regained the lead for Carlisle, then Ty Erb followed with a basket at the 5:23 mark of the third. Mason Jensen briefly cut the Carlisle advantage to one point, but Josh Hagedorn and Hydorn followed with back-to-back baskets for Carlisle.

Noah Schmitt added a putback and Hagedorn hit a pair of free throws to increase the Wildcat lead to 36-27; a Dylan Dunn 3-pointer gave Carlisle its biggest lead at 41-28 late in the third.

Ballard fought its way back to within 43-37 early in the fourth quarter. After Carlisle went back up by 11, the Bombers went on an 8-0 run, capped by a Mason Edwards basket to close to within 48-45.

Carlisle pushed its lead back to seven, but Mason Jensen converted a three-point play and then found Edwards with a nice pass off a drive to get Ballard within 52-50 with just 1:13 remaining in regulation.

But Ballard ran out of steam in the final minute.

A driving basket by Jaryd Veith gave Carlisle a 56-52 lead, and then after a Wildcat defensive stop, Erb hit two free throws to put his team up six with 36 seconds left. Mason Jensen quickly scored again for Ballard, but Erb hit 3 of 4 free throws and Veith was 2 of 2 at the line in the final seconds to secure the game for Carlisle.

“I can’t explain how we played,” Ballard head coach Chris Deason said. “That’s very uncharacteristic of us. We haven’t had a game like that all year as far as the number of shots that were missed.”

Ballard shot only 34 percent from the field. The Bombers also struggled from the line - a team that shot 70-percent from the charity stripe entering the game only went 14 of 24 versus Carlisle.

Inconsistency on defense also plagued Ballard.

The Bombers held Carlisle to 38-percent shooting, but they gave up too many timely baskets. Ballard also sent the Wildcats to the line too often, which came back to haunt the Bombers as Carlisle went 20 of 25 on free throws.

“When you have a night like that on offense, you have to be able to bear down on the defensive end and get the necessary stops,” Deason said. “We weren’t able to do that either.”

Mason Jensen led Ballard with 15 points and he also had five rebounds, two assists and three steals. Jacob Nethers had 13 points, four rebounds and two steals and Hartman wound up with seven points and 13 rebounds.

Jaden Moody tacked on nine points and Edwards finished with eight points and rebounds apiece. Kolby chipped in five points and three assists for the Bombers, who fell to 7-5 overall and 5-2 in the RRC.

Veith paced Carlisle with 19 points and nine rebounds. Hagedorn scored 12 points, Dunn ended up with 10 and Erb had seven points and five rebounds for the Wildcats.

Carlisle 63, Ballard 57

C 13 11 19 20 – 63

B 9 14 12 22 – 57

Carlisle (63) – Jaryd Veith 7-15 4-5 19, Bradley Hydorn 3-5 0-0 6, Payton Burris 0-1 0-0 0, Henry Sanders 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Klier 1-3 1-2 3, Noah Schmitt 2-7 0-0 4, Josh Hagedorn 2-5 8-9 12, Dylan Dunn 3-9 2-2 10, Jordan Pierce 1-3 0-0 2, Ty Erb 1-4 5-7 7. Totals: 2-52 20-25 63. 3-point field goals (3): Dunn 2, Veith. Rebounds (40): Veith 9, Schmitt 9. Assists (5): Veith 2. Steals (5): Veith 2. Blocks: None.

Ballard (57) – Kolby Jensen 2-12 1-2 5, Jacob Nethers 3-4 6-6 13, Nick Hartman 2-4 3-4 7, Jaden Moody 3-5 2-3 9, Nathan Carlin 0-4 0-0 0, Mason Edwards 4-9 0-0 8, Chase Seibert 0-0 0-0 0, Mason Jensen 6-20 2-9 15. Totals: 20-58 14-24 57. 3-point field goals (3): Nethers, Moody, M. Jensen. Rebounds (40): Hartman 13. Assists (6): K. Jensen 3. Steals (8): M. Jensen 3. Blocks: None.

WINTERSET – A big advantage in the turnover battle helped Ballard whip Winterset by a 68-48 score Jan. 14 at Winterset.

The Bombers forced 21 miscues by the Huskies on the night. Ballard only had eight turnovers and that led to several more looks on offense for the Bombers as they attempted six more field goals and 11 more free throws than Winterset.

Ballard led 33-26 at the half, and increased its lead to 10 points after three quarters. A strong finish enabled the Bombers to easily put the game away and pick up their third victory in four games since returning from Christmas break.

Ballard shot 44 percent from the field, making 22 of 50 shots, and the Bombers were 15 of 17 from the line and 9 of 22 from 3-point range. Winterset shot 43 percent and the Huskies were 5 of 6 from the line and 5 of 15 from behind the arc.

Mason Jensen had a huge individual game to continue his hot post-Christmas play. After scoring 27 points in each of his previous two games, Jensen netted a career-best 33 points against Winterset.

Jensen hit 11 of 19 field goals, 3 of 6 3-pointers and 8 of 9 free throws. He also had five rebounds, four steals and three assists.

Jacob Nethers made 3 of 6 3-pointers and totaled nine points, and he also dished out five assists for the Bombers. Kolby Jensen and Nick Hartman tacked on eight points apiece, with Kolby also recording four assists and two steals and Hartman registering five rebounds and a pair of steals.

Parker Klimesh finished with 13 points, three assists and two steals and Matt Baur added 10 points, five rebounds and two assists for Winterset. Austin Motsinger chipped in eight points, seven rebounds and two assists for the Huskies.

Ballard 68, Winterset 48

B 11 22 14 21 – 68

W 9 17 11 11 – 48

Ballard (68) – Kolby Jensen 2-5 3-4 8, Tanner Petersen 1-1 0-0 3, Jacob Nethers 3-7 0-0 9, Chase Seibert 0-0 0-0 0, Cole Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Nick Hartman 3-5 2-2 8, Mason Jensen 11-19 8-9 33, Mason Edwards 0-5 0-0 0, Jaden Moody 1-4 2-2 4, Nathan Carlin 1-4 0-0 3. Totals: 22-50 15-17 68. 3-point field goals (9): Nethers 3, M. Jensen 3, K. Jensen, Petersen, Carlin. Rebounds (26): Edwards 8. Assists (13): Nethers 5. Steals (10): M. Jensen 4. Blocks: None.

Winterset (48) – Nick Nelson 0-1 0-0 0, Caanan Gassmann 0-0 0-0 0, Patrick McNamara 2-4 0-0 5, Matt Baur 3-9 4-4 10, Jaxon Nordstrom 0-1 0-0 0, Colby Van Pelt 0-0 0-0 0, Grant Williams 3-7 0-0 7, Austin Motsinger 3-9 0-0 8, Parker Klimesh 6-11 0-0 13, Austin Lang 2-2 1-2 5. Totals: 19-44 5-6 48. 3-point field goals (5): Motsinger 2, McNamara, Williams, Klimesh. Rebounds (28): Motsinger 7. Assists (11): Klimesh 3. Steals (3): Klimesh 2. Blocks: None.

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