Norse girls whip Royals, Cubs, fall to No. 1 NP

Joe Randleman Staff Writer
Roland-Story’s Juliann Clark goes up for a shot against Nevada’s Elie Tuhn during the first half of the a 36-21 victory by the No. 10 team in Class 3A over the Cubs Jan. 31 at Story City. photo by joe randleman/story city herald

STORY CITY — The Roland-Story girls’ basketball team took great care of the basketball and did a lot of damage from outside in a 43-26 victory over Colo-NESCO on Saturday.

The Norse, ranked 10th in Class 3A, took down the No. 7 team in 1A by only turning the ball over nine times and making nine 3-pointers. Roland-Story also held Colo-NESCO to 24-percent shooting from the field, improving its record to 14-5 on the season.

Roland-Story dominated the first three quarters. The Norse led 27-13 at the half and went up by 24 points going into the fourth quarter.

Freshman Reagan Barkema had a big night — hitting five 3-pointers and recording 21 points, 12 rebounds and two steals for Roland-Story. Juliann Clark added five points, six rebounds and three assists; Kylie Tjernagel five points and three assists; and MaKayla Geise five rebounds and two blocks.

Colo-NESCO fell to 16-3. Gracie Kettwig had eight points and three rebounds, Faith Vincent eight points and two boards and Rylee Purvis six points and eight rebounds for the Royals.

Roland-Story 43, Colo-NESCO 26

CN 5 8 4 9 — 26

RS 17 10 14 2 — 43

Colo-NESCO (26) — Faith Vincent 3-6 0-0 8, Lauryn Hill 0-8 2-4 2, Emmy Hostetler 0-2 0-0 0, McKenzie 0-0 0-0 0, Rylee Purvis 3-10 0-0 6, Megan Carlson 0-1 2-2 2, Gracie Kettwig 3-6 2-2 8, Emma Stalzer 0-4 0-0 0. Totals: 9-37 6-8 26. 3-point field goals (2): Vincent 2. Rebounds (33): Purvis 8. Assists (5): Carlson 2. Steals (1): Hill. Blocks: None. Fouls: 6.

Roland-Story (43) — Jordyn Ramus 0-5 0-0 0, Juliann Clark 2-5 0-4 5, Amy Rathmacher 1-4 0-0 3, Madeline Morton 1-5 1-2 4, Emily Berggren 0-2 0-0 0, Reece Johnson 1-5 0-0 2, Susie Weaver 1-8 0-0 2, Reagan Barkema 8-17 0-0 21, MaKayla Geise 0-0 1-2 1, Kylie Tjernagel 2-5 0-0 5, Madison Martindale 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16-56 2-8 43. 3-point field goals (9): Barkema 5, Clark, Rathmacher, Morton, Tjernagel. Rebounds (34): Barkema 12. Assists (9): Clark 3, Tjernagel 3. Steals (7): Barkema 2. Blocks (3): Geise 2. Fouls: 11.

ALLEMAN — Roland-Story was hurt by turnovers and a disadvantage at the foul line in a 50-36 loss to North Polk in a battle of ranked Class 3A powers on Friday.

The Norse, ranked 10th, gave the ball up 17 times and only forced seven miscues by the No. 1 Norse. Roland-Story also only got to the line six times, and North Polk was 10 of 13 from the charity stripe.

North Polk held Roland-Story to four points in the first quarter and led 22-13 at the half. Roland-Story was unable to make up any ground in the second half, falling to 13-5 overall and 9-3 in the Heart of Iowa Conference.

Roland-Story played tough defense in defeat again against the Comets. After keeping the North Polk offense in check in a 39-37 loss on Jan. 4, the Norse held the Comets to 33-percent shooting and just a of 4 of 17 effort from 3-point range on Friday.

Reagan Barkema led Roland-Story offensively with 11 points and she also had five rebounds and one block. Juliann Clark had seven points, five rebounds and four assists and MaKayla Geise six points and five boards.

North Polk won its 17th in a row to go to 17-1 overall and 11-0 in the HOIC. Jaedon Murphy had 18 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks and Maggie Phipps 13 points and five rebounds for the Comets.

North Polk 50, Roland-Story 36

RS 4 9 11 12 — 36

NP 7 15 12 16 — 50

Roland-Story (36) — Jordyn Ramus 1-3 0-0 3, Juliann Clark 2-8 3-3 7, Amy Rathmacher 1-1 0-0 3, Madeline Morton 0-1 0-0 0, Reece Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Susie Weaver 2-9 0-1 4, Reagan Barkema 4-8 0-0 11, MaKayla Geise 3-4 0-0 6, Kylie Tjernagel 1-6 0-2 2. Totals: 14-41 3-6 36. 3-point field goals (5): Barkema 3, Ramus, Rathmacher. Rebounds (29): Clark 5, Barkema 5, Geise 5. Assists (6): Clark 4. Steals (2): Ramus, Rathmacher. Blocks (3): Ramus, Johnson, Barkema. Fouls: 17.

North Polk (50) — Katie Berglund 0-0 0-0 0, Lucy Schaeffer 0-4 0-0 0, Katie Scott 2-9 2-2 8, Abi Zimmer 3-6 2-2 8, Katie Brown 1-3 0-0 3, Jaedon Murphy 6-18 5-7 18, Carolyn Steffen 0-1 0-0 0, Maggie Phipps 6-12 1-2 13, Abby Hill 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 18-54 10-13 50. 3-point field goals (4): Scott 2, Brown, Murphy. Rebounds (30): Murphy 14. Assists (12): Scott 3, Brown 3. Steals (8): Schaffer 2, Scott 2, Zimmer 2. Blocks (4): Murphy 3. Fouls: 14.

STORY CITY — A 17-2 run in the second half helped No. 10 (Class 3A) Roland-Story pull away from Nevada for a 36-21 Heart of Iowa Conference victory on Jan. 31.

Nevada gave Roland-Story a good fight in the first half. The Cubs only trailed 17-13 at the break behind a great defensive effort.

But in the third quarter, Reece Johnson came in and gave Roland-Story a huge spark. With Roland-Story leading 20-15, Johnson came up with a steal and basket and the Norse were off and running.

“When I came in in the second half, I came in with lots of energy to try and get us going,” Johnson said.

Juliann Clark followed with a basket. After Riley Mailey hit two free throws for Nevada, Kylie Tjernagel scored a bucket for the Norse, Johnson followed with two free throws and Tjernagel added another hoop to end the quarter.

Reagan Barkema scored a basket and added two free throws early in the fourth quarter to put Roland-Story up 34-17 and sew up the team’s seventh win in a row.

“We really focused on defense,” Clark said. “Defense brings buckets — it really transitions to offense. Our press really worked and that really helped us.”

Clark ended up with a game-high 12 points and also had four steals and two assists. She said the team managed to maintain what it learned from a 53-40 win over a Gilbert team then ranked 11th in 4A last Friday, despite not getting much practice time in this week due to the bitterly cold weather.

“It kind of sticks with us,” Clark said of the Gilbert game. “It’s always in the back of our heads. If we aren’t on shooting, we know that our defense will back us up, and I think trusting in each other and just keeping that energy and pushing the ball — that’s our key.”

Johnson and Barkema both finished with seven points. Johnson made both of her shots from the field and the foul line and Barkema ended up with six rebounds, three steals and three blocks.

Tjernagel tacked on four points, two assists and two steals and Madeline Morton and Susie Weaver each finished with thee points. The victory put Roland-Story at 13-4 overall and 9-2 in the HOIC.

Nevada fell to 7-11 overall and 6-5 in the conference. The Cubs caught a tough break when second leading scorer Addi Vorm went down with an ankle injury with a little over four minutes left in the fourth quarter — after she scored her team’s first five points.

Kacie Rewerts led Nevada with six points, 10 rebounds and three steals. Riley Mailey added four points, Amanda Fortmann three points and three steals, Sydney Mosinski 11 rebounds and Mikayla Long four boards and two blocks.

Roland-Story 36, Nevada 21

N 9 4 4 4 — 21

RS 11 6 13 6 — 36

Nevada (21) — Sydney Mosinski 0-3 1-4 1, Mikayla Long 0-3 0-0 0, Elie Tuhn 0-3 0-0 0, Amanda Fortmann 1-7 0-2 3, Maddie Dunham 0-2 0-2 0, Kacie Rewerts 3-10 0-0 6, Aubrey Gibson 0-1 2-2 2, Riley Mailey 1-6 2-2 4, Addi Vorm 2-2 0-0 5. Totals: 7-37 5-12 21. 3-point field goals (2): Fortmann, Vorm. Rebounds (33): Mosinski 11. Assists (2): Long, Rewerts. Steals (8): Fortmann 3, Rewerts 3. Blocks (2): Long 2. Fouls: 14.

Roland-Story (36) — Jordyn Ramus 0-1 0-0 0, Juliann Clark 4-8 3-8 12, Amy Rathmacher 0-2 0-0 0, Madeline Morton 1-7 0-0 3, Reece Johnson 2-2 2-2 7, Susie Weaver 1-6 0-0 3, Reagan Barkema 2-8 2-2 7, MaKayla Geise 0-1 0-0 0, Kylie Tjernagel 2-7 0- 2 4. Totals: 12-42 7-14 36. 3-point field goals (5): Clark, Morton, Johnson, Weaver, Barkema. Rebounds (29): Barkema 6. Assists (7): Clark 2, Tjernagel 2. Steals (14): Clark 4. Blocks (6): Rathmacher 3, Barkema 3. Fouls: 11.