ELDORA — The Roland-Story girls’ basketball team used a huge third quarter to put away South Hardin, 66-27, Friday.


The Norse outscored the Tigers by 16 points in the third to build a 29-point lead. The fifth-ranked team in Class 3A coasted the rest of the way to improve to 12-1 on the season.


Roland-Story forced 33 turnovers and only committed nine. The Norse shot 42 percent from the field and held South Hardin to 22-percent shooting.


Reagan Barkema had a big game for the Norse with 22 points, five rebounds and three blocks. Reece Johnson added 10 points, four steals and three assists, Juliann Clark six points, four steals and four rebounds, Madison Martindale six points and Madeline Morton five points.


Roland-Story 66, South Hardin 27


RS 16 16 21 13 - 66


SH 6 13 5 3 - 27


Roland-Story (66) - Jordyn Ramus 1-5 0-0 3, Juliann Clark 2-4 2-2 6, Amy Rathmacher 0-2 0-0 0, Madeline Morton 2-6 0-0 5, Emily Berggren 1-2 0-0 2, Jadyn Nelson 0-2 1-2 1, Dani Grady 2-5 0-0 4, Reagan Barkema 9-12 1-2 22, Reece Johnson 4-11 2-6 10, Madi Bauer 1-2 0-0 3, Madison Geise 0-3 0-0 0, Kylie Tjernagel 1-4 2-4 4, Madison Martindale 3-4 0-1 6. Totals: 26-62 8-18 66. 3-point field goals (6): Barkema 3, Ramus, Morton, Bauer. Rebounds (33): Barkema 5. Assists (10): Johnson 3. Steals (18): Clark 4, Johnson 4. Blocks (6): Barkema 3. Fouls: 17.


NEVADA — Roland-Story showed a little rust early against Nevada Jan. 21, but once the Norse got going there was no stopping them in a decisive 65-33 victory.


Roland-Story, ranked fifth in Class 3A, fell behind 11-6 early in its first game in over a week due to weather postponing last Friday’s game versus South Hamilton. But the Norse started to hit their stride late in the first quarter and never looked back.


Roland-Story went on an 11-0 run to go up 26-13 early in the second quarter. By halftime the Norse were up 37-18.


“We started pushing the ball and started getting more aggressive on defense,” Roland-Story point guard Juliann Clark said. “It kind of led to momentum.”


Clark scored 13 of her game-high 15 points in the first half. She nailed two of Roland-Story’s 12 3-pointers and also had seven rebounds and five assists.


“We just moved the ball well,” Clark said. “Whoever is open can shoot the ball. That’s kind of what our team does.”


Reagan Barkema and Reece Johnson also took turns getting hot for Roland-Story. Barkema scored 13 points and pulled down six rebounds, Johnson netted 14 points and added three steals and they each hit three 3-pointers.


“We have an endless line of people who can step up and hit big shots when we need them to,” Barkema said. “I think that’s really great because it helps us get going.”


As a team Roland-Story shot 40 percent from the field and made 15 of 22 3-pointers.


Madeline Morton contributed eight points and two steals, Jadyn Nelson six points, and Ava Charlson, Dani Grady and Kylie Tjernagel scored three apiece for the Norse. Charlson also had two assists and Tjernagel four rebounds and two steals.


Roland-Story was also stout defensively, limiting Nevada to five points in the second quarter and two in the fourth. The Norse forced 20 turnovers, held the Cubs to 33-percent shooting and posted a 34-23 rebounding advantage.


“Defense is definitely our key to the game,” Clark said. “Pressuring them, that was our key and that’s just kind of what we do.”


Roland-Story improved to 11-1 overall and 6-1 in the Heart of Iowa Conference.


Nevada fell to 7-7 overall and 5-3 in the conference. The Cubs were without leading scorer Kacie Rewerts, who was out with an ankle injury.


Sydney Mosinski scored eight points and pulled down nien rebounds, Shelbi Hazlitt netted seven points, Maddie Dunham scored six and Addi Vorm chipped in five with two assists for Nevada.


Roland-Story 65, Nevada 33


N 13 5 13 2 - 33


RS 17 20 14 14 - 65


Roland-Story (65) - Ava Charlson 1-2 0-0 3, Jordyn Ramus 0-0 0-0 0, Juliann Clark 4-10 5-6 15, Amy Rathmacher 0-1 0-2 0, Madeline Morton 3-7 0-0 8, Emily Berggren 0-0 0-2 0, Jadyn Nelson 1-1 4-4 6, Dani Grady 1-4 0-0 3, Reagan Barkema 5-12 0-0 13, Reece Johnson 3-5 5-6 14, Madi Bauer 0-0 0-0 0, Madison Geise 0-0 0-0 0, Kylie Tjernagel 1-6 1-2 3, Madison Martindale 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 19-48 15-22 65. 3-point field goals (12): Barkema 3, Johnson 3, Clark 2, Morton 2, Charlson, Grady. Rebounds (34): Clark 7. Assists (14): Clark 5. Steals (15): Johnson 3. Blocks: None. Fouls: 16.


Nevada (33) - Sydney Mosinski 4-8 0-2 8, Addi Vorm 2-7 1-1 5, Elie Tuhn 0-5 1-2 1, Meredith Harter 0-1 0-1 0, Tessa Borwick 0-0 0-0 0, Amelea Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Megan Wessels 0-1 0-0 0, Shelbi Hazlitt 3-4 0-0 7, Aubrey Gibson 0-1 2-2 2, Ella Higgins 0-0 0-0 0, Mayzi Weig 0-2 0-1 0, Katelyn Kingsbury 0-0 0-0 0, Maddie Dunham 2-3 2-2 6, Alexandria Arnaud 1-3 2-5 4. Totals: 12-36 8-16 33. 3-point field goals (1): Hazlitt. Rebounds (23): Mosinski 9. Assists (6): Vorm 2. Steals (6): Arnaud 2. Blocks (2): Vorm, Arnaud. Fouls: 15.