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Saturday’s High School Basketball Postponements


February 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

  • Treynor vs. Clarinda, ppd.
  • Glenwood vs. St. Albert, ppd. to Feb 9.
  • Lewis Central vs. Creston, ppd.
  • Des Moines Grandview Park Baptist vs. Iowa Christian, ppd.
  • Twin Cedars vs. Orient-Macksburg, ppd. to Feb 6.
  • Nodaway Valley vs. Albia, ccd.
Western Valley Conference Tournament
  • IKM-Manning vs. Lawton-Bronson, ppd. to Feb 6.


  • Treynor vs. Clarinda, ppd.
  • Glenwood vs.  St. Albert, ccd.
  • Lewis Central vs. Creston, ppd.
  • Orient-Macksburg vs. Twin Cedars, ppd. to Feb 6.
Western Valley Conference Tourney
  • IKM-Manning vs. OA-BCIG, ppd. to Feb 6.

Cyclones Earn Big 12 Road Win Over Sooners


February 4th, 2012 by Chris Parks

NORMAN, Okla. — Melvin Ejim had 21 points to lead five Iowa State players scoring in double figures as the Cyclones beat Oklahoma 77-70 on Saturday.

 Iowa State (17-6, 7-3 Big 12) had 15 3-point baskets (in 30 attempts), one shy of tying a school record for makes.

 Andrew Fitzgerald scored 27 points for the Sooners (13-9, 3-7), who focused on shutting down ISU leading scorer Royce White. White finished with three points, taking his only field goal attempt with 1:38 remaining.

 Scott Christopherson added 15 points, Chris Babb 12, Chris Allen 11 and Tyrus McGee 10 for the Cyclones, who have won three in row.  The Cyclones next play at Oklahoma State on Tuesday, February 7th at 6:00pm.

ISU Women Use Big Second Half to Beat Texas


February 4th, 2012 by Chris Parks

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State forward Chelsea Poppens simply took over the game. Poppens led a second-half comeback that lifted the Cyclones (13-8 overall, 4-6 Big 12) to a 71-56 win over Texas (13-9 overall, 3-7 Big 12) Saturday in Hilton Coliseum. Poppens’ inspired play included a career-high 27 points and 10 rebounds in just 24 minutes of play.

Poppens, saddled with three fouls, entered with 11:46 left in the game and the Cyclones ahead only 40-38. The junior scored on a layin when she got the ball to give Iowa State a 42-40 lead. A 31-16 run by the Cyclones to close the game included 18 points from Poppens.

Iowa State point guard Lauren Mansfield provided a career-high11 assists and just one turnover in 37 minutes of action. Hallie Christofferson was 5-of-8 from three-point range  for the Cyclones, to score 17 points. The sophomore is 14-of-25 (.560) from beyond the arc in the last five games.

Yvonne Anderson led Texas with 19 points in the game, including the Longhorns’ first 12 points of the contest. Texas’ Nneka Enemkpali was ejected from the game with 6:31 remaining on her second technical foul. Iowa State forced a season-high 23 turnovers.

Iowa State plays at Missouri Wednesday in a 7 p.m. CST game that will be televised by Mediacom.

UNI Snipes Bluejays


February 4th, 2012 by Chris Parks

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) – Anthony James buried a 3 at the buzzer as Northern Iowa upset No. 13 Creighton 65-62 on Saturday, snapping the Bluejays’ 11-game winning streak.

James scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and Seth Tuttle added 13 points for the Panthers, who handed visiting Creighton its first loss since late December.

James buried a huge 3 from the corner with 23 seconds left to put Northern Iowa (16-9, 6-7 MVC) ahead 61-56. Creighton’s Antoine Young hit a 3 with 4.6 seconds left to tie it at 62-all. But James dribbled the length of the court and pulled up for the game-winner at the buzzer, sending Panthers streaming onto their home court.

Young scored 23 points and Doug McDermott, who originally committed to Northern Iowa, had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Creighton (21-3, 11-2).

James’ stunning final shot was a fitting caper to this back-and-forth contest between these heated Valley rivals.

Northern Iowa opened up a 51-45 lead with 5:21 left. The Panthers reeled off an 11-2 run capped by a Deon Mitchell layup and a 3 from Chip Rank, and McDermott picked up his fourth foul on a charge near the basket.

Young stopped the UNI surge with a three-point play, pulling the Bluejays within a possession with 3:55 left, but Jake Koch’s 3 with 1:11 left gave the Panthers a 58-54 lead.

Creighton’s Jahenns Manigat made it 61-59 on a 3 with 15 seconds left. But James, who shot 6 of 14 from the floor, hit the one that mattered at the end.

Northern Iowa’s Johnny Moran buried a 3 and Rank scooped through heavy traffic, putting the Panthers ahead 39-34 with 14:40 left. They could’ve gone ahead by seven, which would have been the biggest lead yet for either team, but Young smartly stripped Matt Morrison at the rim.

Ethan Wragge’s rushed 3 and bank shot at the end of two sloppy possessions brought Creighton back even at 40-all. McDermott then tipped a loose ball to himself over four Panthers in the paint, converting a three-point play to give the Bluejays a 43-40 lead with 11:02 left.

The Panthers got 3s from five different players in the first half, including one from Rank with 1:03 left that helped them take a 31-30 halftime lead.

Northern Iowa rolled into Valley play with a realistic shot at yet another NCAA tournament berth after wins over Old Dominion, Providence, Iowa and Iowa State in nonconference play. But the Panthers had lost four of their last six, uncharacteristically struggled to knock down shots.

That probably wouldn’t have been an issue if McDermott had stuck around.

Panthers coach Ben Jacobson graciously let McDermott leave when his father Greg left Iowa State for Creighton before Greg’s freshman year.

No one could have imagined he would blossom into one of the nation’s best players – and Northern Iowa’s student section showed their bitterness by booing McDermott when he touched the ball.

McDermott was as good as ever, shooting 7 of 11 from the floor, but the Panthers hit 11 of their 21 tries from 3 – including James’s dramatic finale

Iowa Runs Away From Penn State


February 4th, 2012 by Chris Parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Matt Gatens scored 18 points as Iowa beat Penn State 77-64 on Saturday.

Bryce Cartwright and Aaron White each scored 17 for the Hawkeyes (13-11, 5-6 Big Ten), who won their second straight after losing five of their previous six games.

Tim Frazier scored 23 points to lead the Nittany Lions (10-13, 2-8), who have lost four straight and seven of their last eight.

Iowa led by as many as 26 points in the second half, but Penn State trimmed the deficit to 50-36 with 13 minutes left. The Hawkeyes held their ground, and that lead never shrunk below double digits.

Iowa opened with a 16-2 lead, and Penn State managed only three baskets in the first 14 minutes.

The Hawkeyes celebrated the 25th anniversary of their 1986-87 team, which won a school-record 30 games and reached the Elite Eight, with gold throwback jerseys and a pregame ceremony.

Weekend Game Times for Iowa College Basketball Teams


February 4th, 2012 by Chris Parks

Saturday Men’s Games:

  • Iowa (12-11, 4-6) vs. Penn State (10-13, 2-8)  2pm tipoff at Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.  Pregame 1pm on KJAN AM1220 and FM 101.1.  Televised on ESPNU.
  • Iowa State (16-6, 6-3) at Oklahoma (13-8, 3-6).  5pm tipoff at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, OK.  Televised on ESPN2.
  • UNI (15-9, 5-7) vs. Creighton (21-2, 11-1) 4pm tipoff at McLeod Center in Cedar Falls.  Televised on Fox Sports Midwest.
  • Drake (13-10, 6-6) vs. Missouri State (13-11, 6-6) 7pm tipoff at the Knapp Center in Des Moines.  Televised by Mediacom.

Saturday’s Women’s Games:

  • Iowa State (12-8, 3-6) vs. Texas (13-8, 3-6).  1pm tipoff at Hilton Coliseum in Ames.
  • Drake (11-10, 5-5) vs Wichita State (14-7, 8-2) 2pm tipoff at the Knapp Center in Des Moines.
  • UNI (14-7, 7-3) vs. Evansville (4-17, 1-9) 7pm tipoff at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls.

Sunday’s Women’s Games:

  • Iowa (13-10, 5-5) at Indiana (5-18, 0-10) 1pm tipoff at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, IN.  12:45pm pregame on KJAN AM 1220 and FM 101.1. 

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Friday Night High School Basketball Scores (Feb. 3rd, 2012)


February 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

(Final update 12:50-a.m., 2/4/12)

Council Bluffs Lewis Central 59, Atlantic 58, OT
Adair-Casey 72, Grand Junction East Greene 56
Ankeny Christian Academy 51, Anita CAM 29
Audubon 74, Missouri Valley 55
Boone 76, Winterset 50
Carroll 84, Carlisle 59
Clarinda 68, Shenandoah 31
Clarinda Academy 71, College Springs South Page 46 (CA: Kalif Brown 16pts)
Coon Rapids-Bayard 61, Panora Panorama 44 (CRB: Gage Reis 23pts.)
Corning 73, Leon Central Decatur 47
Corydon Wayne 63, Bedford 38
Creston 55, Red Oak 42
East Mills 44, Tabor Fremont-Mills 41 (EM: Colden Hillyer, Luke Schafer 10pts)
Exira-EHK 60, Walnut 39 (Zach Himmelberg 21pts)
Greenfield Nodaway Valley 83, Liberty Center SE Warren 41 (Nodaway Valley clinches Pride of Iowa conference title.  11th title in 16 years.)
Guthrie Center 48, Van Meter 38
Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 70, Denison-Schleswig 63
Lincoln East, Neb. 70, Council Bluffs Lincoln 38
Madrid 66, West Central Valley, Stuart 55
Martensdale-St. Marys 66, Lenox 59
Mount Ayr 56, Pleasantville 48
Neola Tri-Center 74, Avoca AHST 42
Oakland Riverside 64, Treynor 51 (Riverside: Ricky Williams 27pts, 20reb.  Teams share WIC title.)
Orient-Macksburg 39, Glidden-Ralston 33
Sidney 64, Villisca 46
Sioux City East 74, Council Bluffs Jefferson 31
Stanton 45, Essex 40 (S: Austin Becthold 14 pts, 9 reb)
Underwood 51, Griswold 39 (U: Sean Blakely 16pts)

Western Valley Conference Tournament
Correctionville River Valley 47, Whiting 40
Mondamin West Harrison 63, Sloan Westwood 57

Third Place
Kingsley-Pierson 68, Onawa West Monona 62

Western Valley Conference Tournament
Westside Ar-We-Va vs. Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto, ppd.
Logan-Magnolia vs. OA-BCIG, ppd.
Woodbine vs. Ridge View, ccd.
Dunlap Boyer Valley vs. Moville Woodbury Central, ppd.

Council Bluffs Lewis Central 52, Atlantic 26
Adair-Casey 53, Grand Junction East Greene 27
Ankeny Christian Academy 67, Anita CAM 59
Bedford 62, Corydon Wayne 37 (B: Savanna Thornton 21pts)
Carroll 44, Carlisle 41
Clarinda 66, Shenandoah 45
Corning 42, Leon Central Decatur 39
Creston 55, Red Oak 44
Exira-EHK 64, Walnut 35 (Exira-EHK: Maddy Peppers 21pts)
Greenfield Nodaway Valley 45, Liberty Center SE Warren 35
Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 56, Denison-Schleswig 46
Martensdale-St. Marys 63, Lenox 14
Missouri Valley 52, Audubon 46 (Mo Valley wins WIC title.)
Panora Panorama 40, Coon Rapids-Bayard 34
Sioux City East 66, Council Bluffs Jefferson 11
Stanton 64, Essex 39 (S: Sara Sederburg 22pts)
Treynor 53, Oakland Riverside 28
Underwood 44, Griswold 29
Van Meter 35, Guthrie Center 32
Villisca 53, Sidney 29 (V: Jill Vanderhoof 15pts)
West Central Valley, Stuart 49, Madrid 36
Winterset 47, Boone 39

Iowa’s Printy out with knee injury


February 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa junior guard Jaime Printy, the team’s leading scorer, will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Hawkeyes coach Lisa Bluder said Friday that Printy tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in an 85-79 win over Wisconsin on Thursday night. Printy, who tore the same ligament as a sophomore in high school, is set to have surgery within the next two weeks and is expected to return for the 2012-13 season.

“We are extremely disappointed to lose Jaime for the rest of the season,” Bluder said. “It’s very unfortunate that she has to go through another ACL injury. Jaime is one of the elite players in our conference, and it’s tough to see this type of injury happen to such a great individual.”

Printy’s injury is a major blow for a team whose hopes for a fifth straight NCAA tournament trip were slim to begin with. Printy, a native of nearby Marion, Iowa, was an honorable mention All-America pick by The Associated Press in 2010-11. She was averaging 16.9 points a game this season and also leads the Hawkeyes in assists. Printy ranks 10th in career scoring at Iowa with 1,409 points, third with 197 3-pointers and sixth with 304 assists. Iowa (13-10, 5-5 Big Ten) plays at Indiana on Sunday in search of its third straight win.

“It feels like our team is really hitting its stride right now and it’s going to be really hard to watch the rest of the season from the bench,” Printy said. “But, I’m ready to help the team in any way I can from the sidelines and am looking forward to watching my teammates continue to play well.”

Iowa off coordinator Ken O’Keefe leaving


February 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa offensive coordinator Ken O’Keefe has resigned after 13 seasons, leaving the Hawkeyes for another coaching position. The Hawkeyes did not say Friday where O’Keefe is going. The surprise departure, which was first reported Friday by the Des Moines Register, leaves both coordinator jobs open at Iowa. Coach Kirk Ferentz is expected to name a replacement for longtime defensive coordinator Norm Parker next week. The 58-year-old O’Keefe is the only offensive coordinator Ferentz has ever had. O’Keefe was known for running a balanced, pro-style attack at Iowa that some fans considered too conservative. The Hawkeyes finished 58th in the country in scoring offense in 2011, averaging 27.5 points per game.