Janesville runs 2-minute drill past North Tama

TRAER – Hunter Meyer scored 17 of his team-leading 20 points in the fourth quarter, including a 6-for-6 free-throw effort inside the final minute to lead Janesville past North Tama, 54-50, in Friday’s Iowa Star Conference contest.

North Tama led the Wildcats 39-35 going into the final period but could not keep them at bay. Janesville (5-1, 5-1) outscored the Redhawks 19-11 to collect its fourth consecutive victory. The Wildcats overtook their hosts inside the final 2 minutes and made free throws down the stretch.

Meyer was one of three Wildcats to score in double figures. Danny Amlie had 15 points and Jack Thode added 11 more as the aforementioned trio accounted for 46 of the team’s 54 points.

Paul Kaufmann made six 3-pointers and finished just shy of his season average, scoring 20 points to lead North Tama (2-5, 1-5). Kaufmann made it a double-double with 10 rebounds as well.

Logan Zobel notched 14 points while Taylor Dinsdale tallied four points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Dylan Clausen and Ben Panfil finished with six points apiece.

North Tama’s next outing will be its fourth straight home game, but it won’t come until the calendar flips. The Redhawks host Tripoli on Jan. 7, 2014.

The North Tama girls had their three-game win streak snapped as Class 1A No. 8 Janesville prevailed 51-22 in Friday’s opener. The Wildcats (5-1, 5-1) won their fourth in a row by holding the Redhawks (4-4, 4-2) to their season-low scoring output.