Third-ranked Napoleon cruises past Lady Lions
Sheridon Dewald, Kendra Weigel and Mikayla Young combined for 50 points, and 3rd-ranked Napoleon pulled away to a 61-41 victory over Linton-HMB in Napoleon on Jan. 8.
The Lady Imperials, who won their fourth straight regular-season meeting over Linton-HMB, improved to 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in District 6, while the Lady Lions dropped to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in district play.
Napoleon got off to a strong start and opened up a 17-10 lead by the end of the first period, but Linton-HMB scored the first 7 points of the second quarter, and Alex Umber’s basket tied the game at 17-17 with just under 6:00 left in the half.
However, Napoleon would take over from there, and Dewald and Weigel each scored 6 points as the Lady Imperials closed out the half with a 16-5 run to open up a double-digit (33-22) cushion by the intermission. Weigel (12) and Dewald (11) combined for 23 points in the first half, while McKenna Flyberg scored 8 points to pace Linton-HMB’s first half attack.
Linton-HMB would go ice-cold in the second half, hitting just 7 of 28 (25%) field goals over the final two periods. The Lady Lions hit just 3 field goals in the third period, and Napoleon was able to pad its lead to 50-32 heading into the final quarter, which put the game out of reach for the Lady Lions.
Napoleon connected on over half (24 of 47) of its field goal attempts and sank 12 of 15 (80%) free throws, while holding a 28-21 advantage on the boards. Linton-HMB shot just 33 percent (17 of 51) from the floor, including a 2 of 9 (22%) showing from behind the arc.
Dewald finished with a game-high 21 points, and Weigel netted 17 points for Napoleon. Young and Mariah Jangula chipped in 12 and 9 points, respectively, for the Lady Imperials. Flyberg tallied 13 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals, and Amber Umber netted 11 points for Linton-HMB. Kaidra Larson netted 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, and Alex Umber chipped in 7 points and 4 steals for the Lady Lions.
Linton-HMB: McKenna Flyberg 13,Amber Umber 11, Kaidra Larson 8,Alex Umber 7, Tiffaney Gerving 2.
Napoleon: Sheridon Dewald 21, Kendra Weigel 17, Mikayla Young 12, Mariah Jangula 9, Brenna Schmidt 2.