CLINTON — Both Prince of Peace varsity teams couldn’t pull out a win for homecoming against the Calamus-Wheatland Warriors on Friday night at Central Catholic Auditorium.
Both teams had played Cal-Wheat earlier this year. For the girls, the first matchup was their closest game of the year. The 61-36 loss on Friday night was a different story.
“We got beat on the boards early in the game and we just had too many turnovers,” Coach Dave Nelson said. “We reverted back to kicking the ball around a little more than we should be and it cost us.”
Nelson said that the biggest issue against the Warriors tonight was the defense. The Irish found themselves down by 20 but the time the fourth quarter began, and it only went up from there.
“Their shooting percentage was high and the translation is that our defense is not where it needs to be,” Nelson said. “We need to get things together. We have a return opportunity against them so we will have to see what we can do then.”
Prince of Peace came out in a full court press late in the game to try to force some turnovers and close the gap, but the Warriors easily found their way to the other end of the floor, picking up a few easy baskets in the process.
“We have a plan as far as how you’re supposed to handle the pick and people coming off,” Nelson said. “We go through it at halftime but we get out there and have people out of position. It was not our best showing. No excuses, we just have to execute.”
The Irish have been a low-scoring team all season, but put up more shots than normal on Friday night. Two athletes scored in double digits—Isabel Hansen and Anabel Blount— and the Irish drained three 3-point baskets.
“One of the problems we have is we don’t spend nearly the time we need to on shooting. This week we were able to get a lot more shots in,” Nelson said. “I thought they shot with more confidence. Our defense and rebounds have to pick it up.”
Both Hansen and Blount had 15 points for Prince of Peace. The Irish come up against the Warriors next Thursday in the first round of the post season.
“We have two-thirds of a week to prepare and we plan to come out and put together a better outing than we did today,” Nelson said.
The boys lost their first matchup with the Warriors 80-57 and were looking for the redemption win. However, Patrick Mulholland was out sick, leaving the Irish without one of their leading scorers and ball handlers. The Irish fell 62-47.
The Irish stuck with the Warriors in the first part of the game. Kaidion Larson started things off with a layup, then the Warriors beat the Irish press down on two consecutive possessions to take the 4-2 lead. Larson drove and dumped the ball off to Payton Schnier, who easily found the rim to tie it up.
Cal-Wheat scored, and Larson answered by finding Michael Matthew on the block. The Warriors put in a pair of free throws, then Nate Moeller hit a short jumper for the Irish to keep it tied 8-8.
Two consecutive scores from Cal-Wheat gave them a four point lead, but Schnier drew a foul and sunk both free throws, Larson hit a layup, and Moeller finished on a fast break to take the 14-12 lead.
The Irish would end up tied with the Warriors 18-18 after the first quarter. They couldn’t keep up with Cal-Wheat for four quarters.
Larson ended up with a team-high 14 points, while Moeller finished with 11. Both Payton Schnier and senior Conner Williams—Prince of Peace’s 2018 Homecoming King—finished with seven points a piece.
The boys travel to Easton Valley on Tuesday
Marquette falls on road
LISBON, Iowa — Even with 26 points from Blayne Banowetz, Marquette Catholic couldn’t pull out a win over Lisbon and fell 77-68.
The game was close, with the Lions only leading by a few points most of the way. With three minutes left, they had the four points advantage and pulled away the last minutes of play.
In addition to Banowetz’s 26, Nate Brinker scored 17 and Ethan Pfiffner put up 11
Marquette falls to 9-11 and will take on Midland in Wyoming next.
Sabers edged by Mount Vernon
DEWITT, Iowa — Alex McAleer scored 18 for Central DeWitt and they fell 56-50 to Mount Vernon at home.
The Sabers only shots 10-20 from the free-throw line, while Mount Vernon put in 21-28 in free shots.
McAleer drained three 3-point field goals to aid him to 18. BJ Frick pitched in nine, and Mason Braddock added another eight.
The Sabers will take on Northeast tomorrow in another home matchup.
Comets handle Wilton
BELLEVUE, Iowa — Th Bellevue Comets took down the Wilton Beavers at home on Friday night, pulling out a 67-42 win thanks to Cade Daugherty’s 25 points.
Although trailing by two after one quarter of play, the Comets ran away in the second quarter to take the 14 point lead by halftime. They rolled to a win after that.
Daugherty led the scoring while Trey Daugherty pitched in another 13. Paxton Felderman, Lucas Tennant and Conner Michels all had six points a piece.
Daugherty’s 25 points tied him for the school’s single season scoring record.
Bellevue improves to 9-12 and will play Monticello on the road on Tuesday.
Bellevue defeats Wilton
BELLEVUE, Iowa — Rebecca Schroeder had 24 points in Bellevue’s 59-57 victory over Wilton on Friday night at home.
The Comets jumped to an early lead with the six point advantage after the first eight minutes of play. They maintained that into halftime, going into the break up 40-34.
The Beavers pulled close in the third, getting within one of the Comets. It stayed that way through the fourth but the Comets held on.
Schroeder led all scorers with 24. Lindsey Banowetz pitched in 13, Giana Michels scored 11 and Camryn Reeg had 10 for Bellevue.