GIRLS BASKETBALL: Benson, WM girls clobber No. 5 Falcons

PARKERSBURG – The West Marshall girls’ basketball team has found its groove.

The Class 2A No. 15-ranked Trojans took down their second ranked team in the last two weeks, toppling 2A No. 5 Aplington-Parkersburg 65-44 in Tuesday’s cross-NICL contest.

Whitney Benson scored a career-high 20 points to lead West Marshall (15-3) to its eighth straight victory, putting up the most points the Falcons (14-2) have allowed all season. Rachel Freland knocked down five 3-pointers for 15 points and Jenn Davis added 14 points for the Trojans, who ousted 1A-ranked Grundy Center on Jan. 11.

Gabby Ryerson contributed seven points, a team-high eight rebounds and three steals off the bench, and McKenna Hotopp had 12 assists, seven rebounds and three steals to go with four points. Syndey Beals contributed the final five points for West Marshall.

Haleigh Hempen scored 11 points to lead Aplington-Parkersburg, whose only other loss is to 2A No. 11 Hudson. Shelby Sandoval added nine points.

West Marshall returns home to play its Coaches vs. Cancer game Friday against Gladbrook-Reinbeck in NICL West Division action.

Colo-NESCO 58, Don Bosco 20

GILBERTVILLE – Shayla Dean had a double-double of 16 points and 10 steals, not to mention five rebounds and five assists, as the Class 1A No. 9 Colo-NESCO girls gouged Don Bosco 58-20 in Iowa Star Conference play.

Shelby Anthony and Madison Eley both made three 3-pointers on their way to 13 and 11 points, respectively, and the Royals (17-2, 13-1) rattled off their 11th straight win.

Haley Stoeffler chipped in seven points and Madison Farren had six for C-N, which hosts GMG in league play Friday.

Cate Paulsen paced Don Bosco (9-7, 8-6) with six points and Riley Schares had five. The Dons were limited to two points in both the second and third quarters.

Grundy Center 50, Dike-New Hartford 42

DIKE – Coming off a career-high 39-point effort against No. 8 Meskwaki Saturday, Sam Meyers led the Class 1A seventh-rated Grundy Center girls’ basketball team with 22 points and eight rebounds in a 50-42 victory over Dike-New Hartford in NICL cross-divisional play Tuesday.

The Spartans (14-3, 10-1) outscored the Wolverines 17-8 in the opening period, before fending off D-NH down the stretch.

Heather Hook had 10 points, five rebounds and five assists. Riley Ackerman scored nine and had three steals, while Meyers tallied four steals. Katie Lindeman added seven points as the Spartans won their fourth straight and face AGWSR on the road Friday.

Lizzy Blough and Ashley Dumler paced the Wolverines (10-6, 5-4) with 11 and 10 points, respectively.