Strasburg-Zeeland takes a pair from Central Prairie in L-HMB Jamboree
The Strasburg-Zeeland Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball teams each won their games against Central Prairie during the Linton-HMB Jamboree at the Jamestown Civic Center on Jan. 22.
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The Strasburg-Zeeland Lady Clippers continued their winning ways with a 51-33 victory over Central Prairie. The Lady Clippers won for the sixth time in seven outings and improved to 7-4 on the season while evening their record at 2-2 in District 6 play. Central Prairie remained winless (0-3) in the district, and the Lady Firebirds fell to 1-6 overall with the loss.
Jennifer Wikenheiser (6) and Brittany Moser (5) combined for 11 points in the opening quarter, and Strasburg-Zeeland opening up the lead for good (15-8) by the end of the frame. The Lady Clippers slowly padded their lead during the second period, and doubled up Central Prairie, 28-14, at the break. Strasburg-Zeeland continued to pull away in the third period, and the Lady Clippers took an insurmountable, 47-22 cushion into the final quarter.
Strasburg-Zeeland shot 40 percent (21 of 52) from the field, sank 7 of 11 (64%) free throws, and held a 33-23 advantage in rebounds, while Central Prairie connected on just 15 of 45 (33%) field goals in the game.
Wikenheiser finished with a game-high 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Moser tallied 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals for Strasburg-Zeeland. Kara Weigel scored 6 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, Courtney Bubach netted 5 points and 5 steals, and Ali Wolf (5 assists, 2 steals) and Madelyn Kramer chipped in 4 points apiece for the Lady Clippers. Jaycee Moldenhauer led Central Prairie with 11 points, and Courtney Heupel chipped in 8 points for the Lady Firebirds.
Central Prairie: Jaycee Moldenhauer 11, Courtney Heupel 8, Noelle Moser 4, Madi Moldenhauer 4, Lauren Moser 4, Jordan Spitzer 2.
Strasburg-Zeeland: Jennifer Wikenheiser 16, Brittany Moser 12, Kara Weigel 6, Courtney Bubach 5, Madelyn Kramer 4, Ali Wolf 4, Brooke Scherr 2, Suzanne Ternes 2.
3-Pointers: Central Prairie (0-9), Strasburg-Zeeland (2-12): Moser 2. Fouled Out: None.
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In a match-up of teams going in opposite directions, Strasburg-Zeeland coasted to a 69-42 victory over Central Prairie. The Clippers, ranked 8th in the latest Class B Poll, improved to 13-0 on the season, and clinched a firstround bye in the District 6 Tournament after improving to 7-0 in district play. Central Prairie, meanwhile, remained winless (0-6) in District 6, and the Firebirds dropped to 1-12 overall on the season.
Strasburg-Zeeland got off to a slow start offensively, but the Clippers would pick up the pace in the second and third quarters. Mason Kramer (6), Kyle Nieuwsma (4) and Cole Nieuwsma (4) accounted for all of Strasburg-Zeeland’s points in the opening period, and the Clippers opened up a 14-5 advantage by the end of the frame.
Kyle Nieuwsma scored the first 7 points of the second period, and his 3-point play extended the lead to 21-5 with 6:30 left in the first half, and Central Prairie would get no closer than 13 points the rest of the way. Nieuwsma’s free throws near the end of the quarter gave the Clipper’s their biggest lead of the first half (32-14), and they took that lead to the intermission.
Strasburg-Zeeland hit on over half (14 of 26) of its field goals attempts and held a 20-10 advantage in rebounds during the first half, while Central Prairie shot just 24 percent (5 of 21) from the floor in the half. Kyle Nieuwsma scored 13 points and Cole Nieuwsma added 8 points for Strasburg-Zeeland in the half.
Strasburg-Zeeland opened the second half with an 11-4 burst, and Kyle Nieuwsma’s basket extended the margin to 43-18 midway through the third period. The Clippers would lead by as many as 29 points during the quarter, before taking a 56-29 cushion into the final stanza.
Strasburg-Zeeland shot 60 percent (30 of 50) from the floor in the game, including a sizzling, 67 percent (16 of 24) in the second half, and the Clippers also sank 8 of 13 free throws and held a 32- 21 advantage on the boards. Central Prairie hit on just 18 of 49 (37%) field goals and 3 of 5 free throws in the game.
Kyle Nieuwsma finished with a game-high 20 points to go along with 4 rebounds, while Cole Nieuwsma (14 points, 6 rebounds) and Brody Nieuwsma (10 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 assists) also scored in double figures for Strasburg-Zeeland. Mason Kramer netted 8 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, Jon Stabler chipped in 6 points and 4 rebounds, and Scotti Scherr dished out 7 assists for the Clippers. Brett Williams and Hunter Larson scored 9 points apiece to lead Central Prairie.
Central Prairie: Hunter Larson 9, Brett Williams 9, Jason Schmidt 7, Alex Eissinger 7, Logan Hoffman 4, Donovan Moser 3, Avery Foerderer 2, Zach Meyer 1.
Strasburg-Zeeland: Kyle Nieuwsma 20, Cole Nieuwsma 14, Brody Nieuwsma 10, Mason Kramer 8, Jon Stabler 6, Nic Kramer 5, Scotti Scherr 2, Kendall Scherr 2, Darek Keller 2.
3-Pointers: Central Prairie (3- 15): Williams 1, Moser 1, Larson 1, Strasburg-Zeeland (1-6): K. Nieuwsma 1. Fouled Out: None.