What we learned from Roland-Story's sweep of PCM in high school basketball

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Reagan Barkema scored 13 points to lead a balanced scoring attack for the Roland-Story girls basketball team in a 61-23 victory over Prairie City-Monroe Dec. 21 at Monroe.

The Roland-Story basketball team teams took care of business against Prairie City-Monroe Dec. 21 at Monroe.

The Norse teams went into Christmas break with a lot of momentum after scoring decisive victories against the Mustangs.

The Roland-Story girls, ranked 11th in Class 3A, pummeled PCM by a 61-23 score. The victory put the Norse at 6-2 on the season and 6-0 in the Heart of Iowa Conference.

The Roland-Story boys remained unbeaten on the season with a 77-54 triumph. They improved to 8-0 overall and 6-0 in the conference.

Here is what we learned from Roland-Story's impressive sweep of PCM:

Girls dominate middle two quarters

The Roland-Story girls completely outclassed PCM in the second and third quarters.

After going up by five after one quarter the Norse outscored the Mustangs 42-10 over the next 16 minutes. They led 33-12 at the half and 53-16 after three quarters.

Defense delivers

Defense was the strong point for the Roland-Story girls against PCM.

Roland-Story held PCM to 19 % shooting from the field. The Norse also forced 28 turnovers.

A 31-22 rebounding advantage also helped Roland-Story dominate the game. The Norse also shot a at a solid 47 % clip from the field on offense.

Girls show great balance

The Roland-Story girls had seven players score at least five points in the win.

Reagan Barkema had 13 points and four rebounds and Reece Johnson 11 points and three steals to lead the way.

Madi Bauer added eight points and Claire Truesdell came off the bench to tally seven points and four rebounds. Alyssa Jones had six points and four rebounds and Ali Charlson five points off the bench and Elizabeth Ihle chipped in six points and five assists.

Boys blow game open in third quarter

Roland-Story put the boys game away with an explosive third quarter.

The Norsemen led 36-30 at the half. They nearly matched PCM's first-half scoring in the third quarter, netting 28 points to build an insurmountable 64-41 lead.

Turnovers, 3-pointers key boys

The Roland-Story boys forced 22 PCM turnovers. The Norsemen only turned the ball over nine times.

Roland-Story also made 11 3-pointers on the night. The Norsemen shot 48 % from the field compared to 41 % by PCM and they held a slim 31-29 rebounding advantage.

Boys also distribute points well

The Roland-Story boys also got big nights from multiple players.

Isaiah Naylor had 20 points, five assists and four steals to lead the way. Luke Patton was the top threat in the low post for the Norsemen with 19 points and eight rebounds.

Jonovan Wilkinson recorded a tremendous all-around game with 16 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals. Will Bunn chipped in 11 points and three steals and Boaz Clark stepped up big off the bench with nine points, seven assists and four steals and rebounds apiece.