CAMANCHE — Camanche scored the game’s first 11 points, then held off several Bellevue charges the rest of the way to win the battle of ranked girls basketball teams from the River Valley Conference 54-51 on Friday.
Marly Bussa, who led Camanche with 23 points, scored her 1,000 career point in the win and ranks second all-time in school history, according to the team’s Twitter account.
Led by Giana Michels (23 points), Bellevue cut a 12-point deficit to two in the fourth quarter, getting within 53-51 on a three-point play by Michels with 52 seconds remaining.
The Comets had a chance to tie it late, but Lea Lefebure, Camanche’s 6-foot-2 senior, blocked Emma Kelchen’s shot in the lane. Sami Puckett then made 1 of 2 free throws to seal it for Camanche with 3.4 seconds left.
The Indians (10-3, 8-3 River Valley), who return to the court this morning against Pearl City (Illinois) at the Manny’s Shootout in Mount Carroll, Illinois, entered the game ranked 11th in the Iowa Class 3A state rankings. Bellevue (9-4, 6-4) was No. 9 in 2A.
Field goals by Bussa, Lefebure and Puckett staked the Indians to a 6-0 lead, then Bussa nailed a 3-point goal and Madi Parson added a basket to make it 11-0.
That’s when Bellevue made its first push to get back in the game.
The Comets ended the first quarter on a 7-3 run, then Kelchen scored the first three baskets of the second quarter to pull the Comets within 14-13.
Camanche sandwiched baskets by Lefebure and Puckett around one by Bellevue’s Kailey Miller to keep the Indians on top. Puckett’s basket started an 8-0 run and helped them take a 26-21 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Camanche opened the second half with 3-pointers from Bussa and Hanna Nissen on each side of a Kelchen basket before baskets by Nissen and Parson made it a double-digit lead at 36-24. But Camryn Reeg made back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the deficit in half with 2:20 left in the third quarter.
Camanche responded with an 8-2 run, capped by Parson’s first 3-pointer of the season, and took a 44-32 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Comets then made their final push, but Camanche held on.
North Scott beats Queens
ELDRIDGE — Defending state champion North Scott established a double-digit lead in the first half and defeated Clinton 50-28 on Friday in Mississippi Athletic Conference girls basketball.
Presley Case scored nine of her 11 points in the first half for North Scott, including a pair of 3-point baskets.
The River Queens (4-8, 4-7 MAC) scored first, but after going scoreless the first two-plus minutes, North Scott (12-2, 10-1) scored the next six points and led the rest of the way.
The Lancers led 20-9 after one quarter and 28-12 at halftime.
Molly Chapman led Clinton with seven points, and Macy Mulholland added five and Sarah Goldensoph four.
Grace Boffeli led North Scott, which is ranked fourth in the state in Class 4A, with 12 points.
The River Queens are back in action today, kicking off a girls-boys doubleheader at Maquoketa at 4:30 p.m.
North Linn blitzes Irish
TROY MILLS — North Linn showed no mercy against Prince of Peace on Friday, beating the Irish 90-17 in a Tri-Rivers Conference game.
The Lynx, who improved to 16-0 and are ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, scored 10 consecutive points in less than a minute to race to a 14-2 lead with six minutes remaining in the opening quarter. Prince of Peace scored just two more points in the first half, as North Lynn extended the lead to 41-4 by the end of the first quarter and 63-4 at the half.
Anna LeGrand led North Linn with 18 points, and the Lynx got 16 apiece from Grace Flanagan and Abby Flanagan.
Anabel Blount led Prince of Peace (0-16) with seven points, Isabel Hansen added five, Grace Dehner had three and Emma Kuehl scored two.
Western Dubuque beats Maquoketa
MAQUOKETA — Western Dubuque jumped to a 9-0 lead and went on to beat Maquoketa 66-35 on Friday in WaMaC Conference girls basketball.
Karlie Fagan led a balanced scoring attack for the Bobcats (8-3) with 14 points, while McKenzie Maahs scored 12 and Emma Baumhover added 11.
Kailey Harmon led Maquoketa (7-6) with eight points.