Rams lose both games to visiting Nevada Cubs

The Greene County Ram varsity basketball teams lost both games against the Nevada Cubs in the last home games of the season Tuesday.

The boys lost 66-60 in overtime in a game that was marked by an uncustomary 25 Ram turnovers, on which the Cubs often scored.

The Rams took the lead early and were up 15-7 with two minutes to play in the first quarter, but by the time the first buzzer sounded the Cubs had trimmed the deficit to just one point. The quarter ended with the Rams up 15-14. The Cubs were up 20-17 three minutes into the second quarter but their scoring stalled and the Rams held a 30-26 at the end of the first half.

The teams traded the lead in the third quarter, and the Cubs held it, 43-41, to start the fourth quarter. The Rams were ahead 56-54 with one minute in regulation time. The Cubs missed a free throw but got the rebound and made a basket to tie the score at 56.

In the overtime the score was knotted at 60 with 1:30 left to play. In the last minute, though, the Rams committed two turnovers that provided easy lay-ups for the Cubs and with 25 seconds in the game they were up 64-60. A pair of Cub free throws made the final score 66-60 for the visiting Cubs.

Trey Tucker was held below his season average scoring with 17 points, including four 3-point shots. Trey Hinote also made four 3-pointers and totaled 16 points for the game. Wade Adcock scored eight points, Lance Hughes and Thomas Jacobsen scored six each, Chase Stoline scored five, including a 3-point basket, and Calvin Skalla scored two points.

The loss puts the Rams at 11-6 overall and 10-3 in the Heart of Iowa Activities Conference. The Cubs are 12-5 overall and 9-4 in the conference.

The Ram girls team was no match for the Class 4A number two ranked Cubs. The Rams lost 60-24. Their first meeting of the season was a 50-23 loss for the Rams. This time, the Rams were playing without lead scorer Kenna Marquardt due to injury and reserve players Regan Lamoureux and Ashley Millard due to illness.

The Rams were behind 18-10 after one quarter and 33-20 at the half. The Rams scored no points in the third quarter and only four points in the fourth quarter.

Hannah Promes scored the Rams’ only 3-point basket and finished the game with seven points. Taylor Wessling also scored seven points. Laurin Lyons scored six, and Samantha Hardaway and Bailey Cunningham scored two each.

The Cubs are on a 17-game winning streak, having one every game except their first. They’re 14-0 in the HOIAC. The Rams have lost 11 games in a row and are 3-16 overall and 2-12 in the conference.

It was Senior Night in the middle school and all senior players and their parents were introduced between games. Seniors on the girls team are Marquardt, Promes and Wessling. Seniors on the boys team are Anthony Jacobsen, Thomas Jacobsen, Jon Kersey, Logan Lansman, Calvin Skalla, Chase Stoline, Jon Strabley, and Trey Tucker.


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