GOOSE LAKE — Two of the best high school boys basketball teams in eastern Iowa squared off Tuesday night at Northeast High School.

The Bellevue Marquette Mohawks and Northeast Rebels both came into the game unbeaten. Marquette was 12-0 and ranked second in Class 1A, while Northeast was 13-0 and No. 4 in Class 2A.

It was a battle throughout, but Mohawks 7-footer Jordan Eglseder and the Marquette defense were too much for the Rebels as Eglseder poured in a game-high 31 points in the Mohawks’ 51-39 Big East Conference win.

In the opener of the girl/boy doubleheader the eighth-ranked Lady Rebels trailed for much of the first three quarters before pulling out a 53-43 win.

Eglseder, a senior starter who has signed with the University of Northern Iowa, scored 19 of his team’s 23 points in the first half. In all he had 11 field goals and was 9-for-11 from the free-throw line.

Eglseder, who stands 7-1, is just one of four Mohawk starters that are 6-4 or taller. Meanwhile, the Rebels’ tallest player is 6-4 senior starter Travis Mohr.

“He’s a tough player to stop,” Northeast coach Kevin Enwright said of Eglseder. “I don’t know if there’s an answer for a kid like that when your tallest player is 6-4.”

Marquette (7-0 Big East) held the normally high-powered Northeast offense to 27 percent shooting (14-for-51). The Rebels were just 3-for-23 (13 percent) from 3-point range.

Northeast (6-1 Big East) led just once, 11-10 late in the first quarter.

Eglseder scored the game’s first four points before Rebels junior starter Dylan Diedrich, who scored a team-high 18 points despite going just 4-for-18 from the field, drained his first of three 3-pointers for Northeast’s first nine points.

After two more buckets by Eglseder put the Mohawks up 8-3 Diedrich hit his second trey. Following a hoop by Marquette junior starter Matt Kilburg (12 points, 10 in second half), Diedrich buried another three, this one from a good 25 feet out.

Senior point guard Timon Brooks, who scored 10 points on 5-for-17 shooting, drove for a bucket to put the Rebels up 11-10 at the 1:14 mark of the first quarter.

Another bucket by Eglseder and a hoop by junior starter Brigham Moore at the buzzer gave the Mohawks a 14-11 edge heading to the second quarter.

Eglseder scored the first three points of the second period to give Marquette a six-point lead.

Trailing 21-15 Northeast shaved the margin to two with 2:36 left in the half after two straight buckets by Brooks, the first on a drive to the middle of the lane and the second off a steal.

A bucket by senior starter Kyle Peters and another driving hoop by Brooks with just 5 seconds left in the half pulled the Rebels even at 23-all at the break.

The Mohawks scored the first three points of the second half and led the rest of the way.

Leading 28-27 Marquette went up by six after a rebound putback by Eglseder and a 3-pointer by senior starter T.J. Bishop. The Mohawks led 33-28 heading to the fourth quarter.

Marquette went up 37-29 with 6:43 remaining after a bucket by Matt Kilburg. Northeast answered with a bucket by senior starter Jeff Lawlor off a feed from Brooks and a rebound putback by Peters, who muscled the ball away from a pair of Mohawks, making it a four-point game.

Leading 40-35 Marquette all but put the game away with a 6-0 flurry that included a rebound putback by Matt Kilburg, a free throw by Moore, a free throw by Eglseder and a driving bucket by Matt Kilburg, making it 46-35 with just 2:46 to play.

The Rebels could get no closer than eight points down the rest of the way. The 12-point final margin was the largest gap of the game.

Mohawks senior point guard Collin Kilburg was a force, despite scoring just two points. He had several key assist and wreaked havoc defensively.

Marquette outrebounded Northeast 38-26.

“We didn’t shoot very well,” Enwright said. “Marquette did a nice job defensively and we have to get more people involved in our offense. Defensively, when you hold a team like that to 51 points you’ve done a relatively good job. But, you have to put more points on the board.

“We’ve got a tough one at Preston Friday. We have to get past this. This game is over and we need to get on with it.”

Girls Game

The Rebels led just twice in the first half and didn’t lead in the second half until the final minute of the third quarter.

Northeast (12-3, 6-1) trailed 21-15 at the half and was down 27-23 with just over two minutes left in the third quarter. The rest of the quarter was all Rebels, as they closed the period with a 12-2 tear to go up 35-29.

The Northeast run included a pair of free throws by senior starter Bethany Mahmens (game-high 22 points), a rebound putback by Mahmens, a bucket by senior starter Lindsey Sparks (14 points, 10 in the third quarter), a hoop by junior Jessica Hoffmann, a bucket off a steal by Mahmens and a fast-break hoop by Sparks.

Marquette (5-11, 3-4) worked within three twice in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, the latter at 39-36, before a 9-3 Rebel burst boosted the difference to nine with just over two minutes remaining.

Senior starter Danika Spain started the run with a rebound putback on a fast break. Mahmens added a free throw, then a bucket off a steal. Senior starter Marie Gordon tossed in two free throws and a driving bucket to make it 48-39.

The 10-point final margin was the largest of the game.

Mahmens spent a lot of time at the free-throw line, going 12-for-18.

Marquette got 10 points apiece from Lyndsey Haxmeier and Eleisha Reeg, who did all of her scoring in the second half.

Northeast’s pressure defense turned the game around.

“That got our confidence going,” Rebels coach Pat Healy said. “We got a couple steals and a couple easy shots out of it, and that kind of opened up the game.”

Both schools have another Big East twin bill Friday. Northeast visits Preston while Marquette hosts Camanche.


Score by Quarters

Marquette 9 12 8 14 — 43

Northeast 7 8 20 18 — 53



Katie Flogel 1 3-6 5, Kayla Bies 1 4-6 6, Angela Kettmann 0 1-2 1, Rebecca Carton 1 0-0 2, Eleisha Reeg 5 0-0 10, Lyndsey Haxmeier 2 6-6 10, Shelby Gerlach 2 6-6 10, Katy Draus 0 0-0 0, Kelli Kramer 0 0-0 0, Miranda Heiar 1 0-0 2, Mary McClimon 0 0-0 0, Megan Theisen 0 0-0 0, Megan Bender 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 14-20 43.


Danika Spain 1 2-7 4, Bethany Mahmens 5 12-18 22, Sadie Schroeder 0 0-0 0, Marie Gordon 2 3-7 7, Lindsey Sparks 6 2-3 14, Jessica Hoffmann 2 2-2 6, Lindsey Hansen 0 0-0 0, Audrey Moehr 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 21-37 53.

3-point goals—Marquette 1 (Gerlach). Total fouls—Marquette 25, Northeast 20. Fouled out—Marquette (Haxmeier); Northeast (Sparks).

Records—Marquette 5-11, 3-4 Big East Conference; Northeast 12-3, 6-1. Next games—Camanche at Marquette, Friday; Northeast at Preston, Friday.


Score by Quarters

Marquette 14 9 10 18 — 51

Northeast 11 12 5 11 — 39



Collin Kilburg 0 2-4 2, T.J. Bishop 1 0-0 3, Matt Kilburg 5 2-4 12, Brigham Moore 1 1-4 3, Jordan Eglseder 11 9-11 31, Casey Kettmann 0 0-0 0, Nick Kettmann 0 0-0 0, Matt Junk 0 0-0 0, Mark DeVries 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 14-23 51.


Dylan Diedrich 4 7-8 18, Timon Brooks 5 0-0 10, Jeff Lawlor 1 0-0 2, Travis Mohr 1 0-0 2, Kyle Peters 3 1-2 7, Trevor Kleppe 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 8-10 39.

3-point goals—Marquette (Bishop); Northeast 3 (Diedrich 3). Total fouls—Marquette 12, Northeast 21. Fouled out—Northeast (Lawlor).

Records—Marquette 13-0, 7-0 Big East Conference; Northeast 13-1, 6-1. Next games—Camanche at Marquette, Friday; Northeast at Preston, Friday.