TRAER - North Tama's 17-point halftime lead was enough to hold off Meskwaki on Saturday night, 78-69, in what next year will be an Iowa Star Conference boys' basketball game.
The host Redhawks (7-4) got a game-high 25 points from Brendon Boerm and a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds by Lucas Hefty, helping to counteract Meskwaki's high-scoring duo.
Next year's Iowa Star newcomers, Meskwaki was led by Stacy YoungBear with 22 points and Jalen Tyon with 20 points.
Lucas Hefty shoots for two during the game against Meskwaki on Saturday, Jan. 9.
Photo by Tracey Peters
North Tama dashed to a 48-31 halftime lead but was outscored 38-30 in the final two frames.
Cade Isenhower chipped in nine points, 11 rebounds and five assists, and Tyler Cizek had eight points and 11 rebounds for North Tama. The Redhawks go on the road in Iowa Star play Tuesday at Class 1A No. 8 Northeast Hamilton.
Meskwaki got 10 points from Dalton YoungBear and eight more from Vincent Lasley. The Warriors are on the road again Monday, visiting Mid-Prairie.
Meskwaki girls end North Tama's win streak
TRAER - Sarah and Dia Keahna scored 12 points apiece to lead the Meskwaki girls' basketball team past North Tama, 45-41, Saturday.
The visiting Warriors effectively stopped North Tama's win streak at three games by outscoring their hosts 21-15 in the fourth quarter to rally for the victory.
"We knew Meskwaki was going to be good from looking at their scores, and they came out and just got after us," said North Tama head coach Irv Laube. "They had double-digit offensive rebounds, they owned us on the boards and their defense was very active.
"They're going to step in and be right in the thick of things in the conference (next season)."
Tiana Thompson added eight points and Krystle Tyon seven for Meskwaki, which plays Monday at Mid-Prairie.
North Tama (4-8) was led by freshman Allison Zobel's 11 points. Amanda Howard added 10 points, and both Kailey Kladivo and Kelsey Upah had six points.
The Redhawks return to action Tuesday at No. 12 Northeast Hamilton in conference play.