Roland-Story boys stay unbeaten, girls fall to No. 2 Grundy Center in basketball

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Luke Patton had eight points, five rebounds and three blocks for the Roland-Story boys basketball team during a 64-39 victory over Grundy Center Dec. 16 in Story City. Patton also posted a double-double in wins over Saydel Dec. 14 (53-38) and South Hamilton Friday (71-32).

The Roland-Story boys basketball team kept its perfect record intact with victories over  South Hamilton, Grundy Center and Saydel last week. The Norse girls got past South Hamilton and Saydel, but they fell to Grundy Center.

The boys, ranked just outside the top 10 in Class 2A by The Associated Press, topped Saydel by a comfortable 53-38 margin Feb. 14 and crushed Grundy Center, 64-39, Feb. 16. On Friday the Norsemen traveled to Jewell and pummeled old nemesis South Hamilton, 71-32.

The victory over South Hamilton put the boys at 7-0 overall and 5-0 in the Heart of Iowa Conference. All three Norsemen triumphs during the week came at the friendly confines of Roland-Story High School in Story City.

The Norse girls, ranked 11th in 3A by the IGHSAU, obliterated Saydel at home Feb. 14, 71-32. They suffered a 53-46 loss to Grundy Center ranked No. 2 in 2A Feb. 16 in Story City, but bounced back with a 62-50 over South Hamilton Saturday in Story City.

Here is what we learned from Roland-Story's big week of competition:

Strong starts spark boys 

The Roland-Story boys got off to a hot start during all three of their victories.

The Norsemen jumped out to a a 15-5 lead after the first quarter against Saydel. They maintained that 10-point edge at half time then started the second half strong, outscoring the Eagles by eight points in the third quarter to pull away.

Roland-Story completely overwhelmed Grundy Center and South Hamilton in the first half. The Norsemen led Grundy Center 41-12 at the half and built an insurmountable 42-5 lead over South Hamilton after two quarters, outscoring the Hawks 26-1 in the second quarter.

Boys hit the boards, limit turnovers

The Roland-Story boys continued to outclass their opposition on the glass in the three victories. 

Roland-Story outrebounded Saydel, 33-22, Grundy Center by a 25-23 margin and South Hamilton, 40-20. The Norsemen rank sixth in 2A for rebounds per game at 35.6.

The Norsemen also took great care of the ball during the three games. They had 10 turnovers against Saydel, 11 versus Grundy Center and only five against South Hamilton.

Free throws were also a big weapon against Saydel and Grundy Center.

Roland-Story made 16 of 24 foul shots against Saydel and limited the Eagles to just four attempts from the foul line. The Norsemen were 11 of 13 against Grundy Center and only let the Spartans get to the line three times.

Naylor, Patton continue to deliver

Isaiah Naylor is playing like one of the top point guards in 2A to start the season.

Naylor went for 16 points and three assists versus Saydel. He had 12 points and two steals against Grundy Center and 23 points in the victory over South Hamilton.

Patton took full advantage of his muscular 6-5 frame against Saydel with 11 points and an incredible 17 rebounds. He also blocked two shots against the Eagles.

Patton added eight points, five rebounds and three blocks versus Grundy Center. He posted another double-double against South Hamilton with 10 points and 12 rebounds and added four assists and three steals.

Will Bunn goes up for a basket during Roland-Story's 64-39 victory over Grundy Center Dec. 16 in Story City.

Jonovan Wilkinson had 16 points and two steals against Saydel and 15 points and seven rebounds versus Grundy Center. Will Bunn went for 13 points and five assists and Ben Greenfield eight points and four rebounds against South Hamilton and Kale Lande nine points and three assists versus Grundy Center.

Barkema hits 1,000

Reagan Barkema topped 1,000 points for her career during the week for the Roland-Story girls.

Barkema reached the mark against Grundy Center. She scored 25 points in the loss to the Spartans.

Roland-Story senior Reagan Barkema, pictured with Norse head girls basketball coach Maddie Gelber, gets recognized for reaching 1,000 career points during her team's game with No. 2 (2A) Grundy Center Dec. 16 in Story City.

The Bradley recruit also went for 26 points against Saydel. She made 12 of 16 field goals and also had five steals and four assists against the Eagles.

Barkema chipped seven points, four rebounds and three assists versus Perry.

Girls sputter late against Spartans

The Roland-Story girls ran out of gas against Grundy Center.

The Norse outplayed the Spartans over the first three quarters. They took a 34-31 lead into the fourth quarter, but Grundy Center caught fire at just the right time to steal the victory.

Roland-Story freshman Kamryn Lande puts up a shot during the Norse's 53-46 loss to No. 2 (2A) Grundy Center Dec. 16 in Story City.

Free throws hurt Roland-Story in the loss to the Spartans. Grundy Center was an outstanding 18 of 22 from the line during the game.

Geise stands out

Madison Geise joined Barkema turned in a strong week for the Roland-Story girls.

Geise put up a career-high 29 points in the victory over South Hamilton. She also had 13 points, five steals and four rebounds versus Saydel and five points against Grundy Center.

Reece Johnson tallied 11 points, five steals and three assists versus Saydel. She finished with eight points, three rebounds and three assists against Perry and two points against Grundy Center.

Claire Truesdell chipped in seven points off the bench against Saydel and she scored two points versus Grundy Center. Madi Bauer tacked on six points and three assists against Perry, five points versus Grundy Center and three points and assists apiece in the win over Saydel.