The Greene County Ram girls snapped a six game losing streak and the boys moved closer to a winning overall record with a pair of lopsided victories over Colfax-Mingo in Jefferson Friday night. The C-M Tigerhawks have yet to win a basketball game this season.
The Tigerhawks were ahead after one quarter of girls play, 8-7, and they scored a 3-pointer early in the second quarter to stretch the lead to four points, 11-7. The Rams scored the next nine points, including a 3-pointer by senior Jolee Wessling, to take the score to 16-11 in their favor before the Tigerhawks scored again. The Rams held the lead the entire rest of the game, finishing the first half at 24-15 and the third quarter at 39-27 on their way to a 55-30 victory.
The Rams stepped up their shooting in the second half; unofficially they shot at 33 percent in the first half but 38 percent for the game. The Tigerhawks shot at 32 percent for the first half and 33 percent for the game. The Rams also did a better job handling the ball than the Tigerhawks, with 11 turnovers for the home team and 28 total for the visitors.
Lead scorer for the Rams was Kayla Mobley with 12 points, followed by Hannah Onken with 10 points. Wessling scored seven points, Marissa Promes and Kenna Marquardt each scored six points, Stacy Mears and Tressa Rasmussen scored five points each, and Sunny Mobley scored four points off the bench late in the fourth quarter.
The long-awaited win puts the girls at 5-7 overall and 5-5 in the Heart of Iowa Activities Conference.
Both boys teams scored above their season averages, but it was the Rams that claimed the victory in the second game of the twin bill by a score of 73-58.
The Tigerhawks scored first and the first four minutes or so of the game the teams were even up and trading the lead. It was the Rams that broke a 10-10 tie with a 3-point shot and the Tigerhawks didn’t take the lead again. The Rams scored 11 unanswered points in the second quarter to build their biggest lead of the game at 37-21.
Ram sophomore Trey Tucker came into the game with the third highest point average in Class 3A at 23.5 points per game. He very likely helped his ranking, scoring 29 points in Friday night’s game. He put together two 3-point shots, three for three free throw shooting, and 10 field goals for the total.
Senior Riah Nelsen scored 12 points and sophomore Reid Lamoureux scored eight, including a 3-pointer. Junior Mitchell Gorsuch scored eight points, including two long shots in close succession in the first quarter. Junior Tyler Beger scored seven points with a 3-point shot and senior Landon Braun also scored seven points.
Junior Anthony Cunningham had come off the bench in the Tuesday night game against PCM and he got some playing time early in the game. With the large lead at the end, coach Jeramie Hinote took the opportunity to give everyone on the bench playing time. In all, 14 Rams played in the game.
Unofficially, the Rams shot at 42 percent for the game while the Tigerhawks shot at 43 percent. The Rams, however took 10 more shots than the Tigerhawks. The Rams made 27 of 64 shots and the Tigerhawks made 23 of 54 shots.
The Ram boys are 5-4 in the HOIAC and 5-6 overall.