IOWA CITY, Iowa – With the crazy cold conditions around the state Friday night, I stayed in, caught some action streaming and read reports. Hey, nobody ever called me brave. Here are some performances that stood out to me: -I…
IOWA CITY, Iowa – With the crazy cold conditions around the state Friday night, I stayed in, caught some action streaming and read reports. Hey, nobody ever called me brave.
Here are some performances that stood out to me:
-I watched most of the matchup that saw Iowa City West play host to Liberty. Trojan super sophomorewas riding a heater in this one, a 72-57 victory by the home team. McCaffery’s full game was displayed. He knocked down shots from all three levels and made it look easy. He’s improved as the season has progressed, has been rounding into form since being sidelined with injury and the Trojans, while inconsistent this season, are a team nobody wants to see show up in their postseason bracket. Oh, and the human highlight reel, , delivered the play of the night, a put-back dunk in the first half for the Lightning.
-Class 4A No. 1 Cedar Rapids Kennedy continued its march through the regular season with a dominating, 78-44 triumph at rival Jefferson. Juniorposted a double-double with 14 points (7 of 9 FGs) and 12 rebounds to go along with five steals and four assists. Senior netted a game-high 17 points for the winners with teammate chipping in 14. The Cougars improved to 15-0 with a home game against Iowa City West on Tuesday before traveling to City High next Friday.
-North Lynn improved to 19-0 with a 95-59 domination of Marquette Catholic Friday night. Juniordropped a 31-point burger for the winners while teammate , a sophomore, racked up 24 points. Pflughaupt led the way with 11 rebounds, while senior added 14 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in the victory. The Lynx have regular-season games remaining with winless Starmont and Cascade (13-6).
-Wilton (16-3) picked up a big victory at West Branch Friday night. The Beavers’ 85-72 win clinched the RVC South Division, the first title for them since ’05-06. Seniorleads the state in scoring (27.4 PPG) and also grabs 10.7 boards per outing. Junior (15.4) and senior (13.5) also are averaging double figures in scoring.
-Class 3A top-ranked Bondurant-Farrar improved to 17-0 on the season with a pair 20+ point victories this week. The latest came Friday night, a 74-51 drubbing at Gilbert. The Blue Jays clinched the Raccoon River championship on Tuesday with a 78-53 blowout of Carroll. Leading scorer(19.1 PPG) netted 24 Friday night. The winners also received 21 from .
-Class 2A No. 1 Hull Western Christian saw it’s 14-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday in a 64-47 setback against Tea Area (SD). The Wolfpack had Friday night off and was preparing for a neat Saturday night matchup with Dakota Valley at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. Interestingly, sophomoreand senior Tate VanRegenmorter share the lead at Western Christian in scoring (13.8 PPG) and rebounding (5.7 RPG) at last check.
-Waukee and Waukee Northwest are deservedly receiving a lot of attention this season as the top two teams ranked behind Kennedy in 4A. Don’t sleep on West Des Moines Valley and Sioux City East, however.
The Tigers (13-3) are on a seven-game winning streak after cruising by Southeast Polk, 66-45, Friday night in Pleasant Hill. Super sophomores Curtis Stinson (14.8 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 3.7 APG), Zay Robinson (11.2 PPG) and(9.3 PPG) are improving and could be dangerous in the postseason.
East (16-2) pulled off a 60-57 victory against a talented squad from Council Bluffs Lincoln (12-4) Friday. It ended a two-game skid for the Black Raiders and halted a six-game winning streak by the Lynx, which travels to Valley on Saturday. East senioris averaging a team-high 15.0 points and has knocked down 35 of 66 (53.0 percent) of his trey attempts. He’s complemented by junior Fitzy Grant (14.6 PPG).