What we learned from Roland-Story's basketball doubleheaders with West Marshall, IFA

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Roland-Story freshman Alyssa Jones dribbles toward the basket during the No. 10 (3A) Norse's 52-40 loss to No. 12 West Marshall Friday at Story City.

The Roland-Story boys basketball team bounced back from their first loss and the Norse girls lost a showdown with West Marshall for Heart of Iowa Conference supremacy Friday.

The Roland-Story boys suffered a heartbreaking 48-45 non-conference loss to Iowa Falls-Alden Jan. 4 at Story City. The Norsemen rebounded to trounce West Marshall Friday, 73-36, back at home to improve to 9-1 overall and 7-0 in the HOIC.

The Norse girls, ranked 10th in Class 3A, thumped IFA by a 54-32 score, but struggled down the stretch against No. 12 West Marshall Friday in a battle between the top two girls teams in the HOIC.

The Roland-Story girls suffered a 52-40 setback at the hands of West Marshall. The loss put them at 7-3 overall and 6-1 in the HOIC, which put the Norse and Trojans tied atop the HOIC.

Here's what we learned from the Roland-Story doubleheader splits last week:

Girls need players to step up

The Roland-Story girls couldn't get a timely basket in the loss to West Marshall. 

The Norse tied the game at 38-38 early in the fourth quarter on a Claire Truesdell 3-pointer. But they were outscored 14-2 the rest of the way to suffer their first conference loss.

"We didn't make shots," Roland-Story head coach Maddie Gelber said. "We didn't have a kid that was ready to step up and make a play in the moment. West Marshall executed what they wanted to execute and finished at the free-throw line."

Madi Bauer had 13 points and Reagan Barkema 12 in a losing effort for Roland-Story.

Borgos gives West Marshall a lift

Roland-Story focused most of its defensive attention on West Marshall's all-state forward Katy Reyerson. 

Reyerson still finished with 19 points despite constantly being face-guarded, but she only got off 12 shots from the field. The Trojans needed someone else to provide a spark on offense and freshman guard Bella Borgos did just that.

Borgos made 6 of 10 field goals and finished with 14 points.  Lauren Solberg and Lily Zahnd also made valuable contributions for West Marshall, combining for 13 points and 17 rebounds.

Barkema, Johnson lead girls past IFA

Reece Johnson went for 14 points and Barkema had 10 points, 11 rebounds and six steals for the Norse girls in their victory over Iowa Falls-Alden.

Bauer also had another good night, finishing with 13 points. Truesdell chipped in seven points off the bench for Roland-Story.

Boys sputter late against Cadets

The Roland-Story boys looked like they'd stay unbeaten after one half against Iowa Falls-Alden.

The Norsemen led 28-19 at the half. But Iowa Falls-Alden dominated the final two quarters, holding Roland-Story to just 17 points in the second half to pull off the upset.

Turnovers proved costly against the Cadets. Roland-Story gave up the ball 14 times and only forced seven miscues.

Roland-Story also shot poor from 3-point range, making just 3 of 16 3-pointers. That helped Iowa Falls-Alden prevail despite only shooting 33 % from the field and Roland-Story's 37-28 rebounding advantage.

Roland-Story's Luke Patton puts the ball off the glass on a shot during the first half of the Norsemen's 73-36 victory over West Marshall Friday at Story City.

Isaiah Naylor had 12 points, Jonovan Wilkinson nine points and five assists and Luke Patton eight points and 16 rebounds in the loss.

Wilkinson sparks win over Trojans

Wilkinson made sure Roland-Story got right back to its winning ways Friday.

Wilkinson went for 25 points, seven rebound and seven assists in the victory over West Marshall.

Naylor also had 19 points against the Trojans. Patton was again a force on the glass with  eight rebounds.