GIRLS HOOPS: South Tama seals at least a share of league crown

CONRAD – South Tama survived a stiff challenge from BCLUW to clinch at least a share of the NICL West Division crown, holding off the Comets 59-53 on Friday night.

South Tama (13-4, 11-1) still has two league contests remaining, hosting Monday’s make-up game against second-place South Hardin (15-4, 10-3) and Tuesday’s rematch with BCLUW (5-13, 3-10). The Trojans can clinch an outright title with a win in either game.

Olivia Callaway came up with a colossal double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead BCLUW in defeat. The sophomore netted four 3-pointers, went 8-of-10 at the free-throw line, and added three assists and three steals to the prolific performance.

Mallory Vawter and Samantha Ubben both chimed in with eight points.

Grundy Center 43, West Marshall 27

STATE CENTER – Grundy Center jumped out to an early lead and continued to pour it on, putting away West Marshall to move into a tie for third place in the final NICL West standings with a 43-27 win on Friday night.

The Spartans (11-8, 7-7) joined AGWSR in third place with the win, getting a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds from Katie Lindeman. Jessica Ackerson added nine points while Stephanie Faust had six points and seven boards in the win. Alyssa Mathews chipped in six points and four steals.

West Marshall (8-12, 6-8) had just three scorers in the game, getting team-highs of 11 points and seven rebounds from Gabby Reyerson. Madisen Streeter had 10 points and six boards, and Georgia Porter had six points as the Trojans saw a three-game win streak snapped.

North Tama 49, GMG 31

GARWIN – Sam Zobel scored a game-high 19 points as North Tama rattled off its fifth straight win, 49-31, over GMG in Iowa Star Conference play.

Josie Youel and Anna Kvidera added 10 points apiece and Jessi Jacobs scored eight points for the Redhawks (14-6, 12-4).

Olivia Barritt scored a team-high nine points for GMG (5-13, 4-10), which could not hold an early lead. Mikaella Koster and Caitlin Appelgate finished with seven points apiece, and Blaire Sonderleiter added five points.