GIRLS BASKETBALL: Seventh-ranked Spartans stroll past South Hardin

GRUNDY CENTER – South Hardin was willing to traverse the 18 miles, only to find the Class 1A No. 7-ranked girls’ basketball team waiting for them.

Grundy Center secured the season sweep of the Tigers with a 68-24 victory on Tuesday night in NICL West Division play, running the Spartans’ winning streak to six games.

Sam Meyers scored a game-high 22 points, Heather Hook had 17 and Riley Ackerman 12 as the Spartans (16-3, 12-1) inched one game closer to their first piece of the conference title since 2005.

Grundy Center led 20-9 after the first quarter and kept a 20-point margin for the entire second half.

South Hardin (7-11, 5-8) got seven points from Sarah Boomgarden.

The Tigers close out NICL West action with Friday’s home game against the other league frontrunner West Marshall (17-3, 12-1). Grundy Center visits BCLUW on Friday and then hosts Roland-Story in non-conference play Saturday.

North Tama 69, GMG 35

TRAER – Allison Zobel kicked off a three-game homestand with a career-high 28 points in leading the North Tama girls to a 69-35 win over GMG in Iowa Star Conference action.

Zobel’s previous career-high was 26 points, set last season against these Wolverines but in Garwin. On Tuesday night she also contributed five steals and two blocked shots while making four 3-pointers.

Josie Youel chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Shannon Stuart added seven points and four boards for the Redhawks (8-11, 8-7), who host BCLUW in non-conference play Thursday before closing out the regular season next Monday in a make-up game against Dunkerton.

Emma Knoop and Anna Kvidera both added six points, with Kvidera collecting five steals. Sam Zobel added seven rebounds.

Olivia Barritt had 10 points and three assists to lead GMG (1-17, 1-14). Cheyenne Wurr had nine points while Sara Hinson had a team-leading four rebounds.

The Wolverines play their final road game Thursday at Cedar Valley Christian in Shellsburg, and CAL comes to Garwin on Friday to finish up the Iowa Star slate. GMG entertains East Marshall next Monday.