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VINTON - Off the heels of their second girls/boys varsity sweep of the season on Thursday against Oelwein, the Vinton-Shellsburg programs matched up against a WaMaC West rival in CPU the next night.
With the Vikettes on the road (box score at end of the story), the Vikings (7-6, 4-3) welcomed the division leading Stormin’ Pointers (9-6, 7-1) to their home gym.
Back on January 11th in Center Point, the visitors Friday used a strong defensive performance to earn the win (46-29) by double digits. The second time around wouldn’t be much different.
Similar to their opener in this rivalry, in which Vinton-Shellsburg held the 5-3 lead, scoring didn’t come easy in the first quarter. In fact, over two minutes of game action had passed before senior Isaac Wiley got the Vikings on the board with a free throw. A little over 60 seconds later, senior Cody Westcott connected on a lay up for the Stormin’ Pointers. This gave them the slim advantage, but that changed as sophomore CJ Rickels laid it in for two before a Kole Tupa lay up off a inbounds play helped CPU reclaim the lead at 4-3. From here, juniors Ethan Sells and Caleb Andrews each added lay ups with an Alex Wade free throw in between to finish the first quarter on a 5-0 run.
That margin would be stretched to eight on a Westcott lay up to begin the second, but two points each for Wiley and junior Sam Griffith helped Vinton-Shellsburg cut the deficit in half. Points would be hard to come by for the home team from there though as Wiley accounted for the remaining three, which all came from the free throw line. As for the Stormin’ Pointers, they continued to widen the gap with a collection of shots near the hoop, led by four points for Andrews. Wade and senior Jacob Metzen also added two via a lay up each to see CPU take the 19-10 advantage into the locker room.
“They got some easy scores, especially there late in the first half that really got their lead up. When we got them in the half court, we did a nice job, but everytime they scored, it was easy,” said V-S Head Coach Joe Johnson.
Coming into the second half, the Vikings were hoping to cut into their deficit, but it was the Stormin’ Pointers who seized control. Beginning with an Andrews lay up on the first possession, senior Cam Hasleiet connected on back to back three pointers within a two minute stretch of time. This gave CPU their biggest lead of the game at 27-10. However, senior Nolan Haisman would counter with consecutive triples to give Vinton-Shellsburg a little bit of life heading to the fourth.
“I thought that third quarter run, even though we only won by two, was big. It’s always going to be a tight, physical game and both of us care about defense a lot. I thought that showed,” added CPU Head Coach Mike Halac.
The Vikings began the final eight minutes of action with a lay up each by senior Seth Patterson and Haisman. However, with one of his own sandwiched in between, Westcott kept the Stormin’ Pointers ahead by nine. Then in a big momentum changing moment, Coach Johnson was called for a technical foul after disagreeing with a call made by the referees. This led to two points for Tupa and a pair of free throws for Westcott to extend CPU’s advantage to 33-20. Junior Jose Wilson would get the margin back down to ten with a three pointer, but a Westcott “and one” (no free throw) out of a timeout allowed the Stormin’ Pointers to maintain control. This began a 8-0 run that eventually led to a 42-30 victory, despite Vinton-Shellsburg scoring seven of the final eight points.
“Hats off to them as they play hard and are really tough to score on. They are a solid squad and it’s an emotional night as it gets heated, but those are fun games to be a part of. Just like to see our team compete a little bit better,” mentioned Coach Johnson.
Pacing the scoring for the game was Westcott, who finished with 12 points on five of ten shooting. Andrews added eight of his own to go along with nine rebounds for CPU. For the Vikings, Haisman matched Andrews with eight points.
The next night, the Stormin’ Pointers welcomed Clear Creek-Amana for a rescheduled WaMaC West battle and won 55-44. Over the weekend, Vinton-Shellsburg did not compete, but they did host the same Clippers team last night. The Vikings fell by six, 37-31.
CENTER POINT - Switching gears to the girls game, the No. 3 (3A) Stormin’ Pointers hosted the Vikettes for Senior Night and capped off a great evening for six players with a 74-7 win. That momentum only continued to roll Saturday as they defeated Clear Creek-Amana on the road, 71-41, in a rescheduled divisional contest. The box score from Friday is as follows, along with scores from other local action (no box scores will be included).
Vinton-Shellsburg (2, 2, 0, 3) 7
No. 3 (3A) CPU (26, 17, 20, 11) 74
Points (7): Kayla Griffith (2), Taryn Sutton (2), Alexis Bunten (2), and Aza Swayzer (1).
Points (74): Callyn Fox (15), Hannah Kress (10), Adrianna Katcher (9), Ryley Goebel (9), Rylee Clark (8), Bryn Hadsall (7), Karly Millikin (6), Aliza Mollenhauer (4), Madie Willson (2), Emma DeSmet (2), and Claire Neigbor (2).
Independence (6, 16, 11, 9) 42
Benton (13, 19, 7, 12) 51
Aplington-Parkersburg (24, 15, 15, 17) 71
Union (9, 8, 5, 12) 34
Benton (8, 16, 16, 20) 60
Independence (8, 17, 14, 17) 56
Aplington-Parkersburg (20, 11, 23, 13) 67
Union (5, 8, 5, 6) 24
Williamsburg (2, 19, 10, 16) 47
Benton (17, 10, 4, 8) 39
Dike-New Hartford (20, 17, 7, 11) 55
Union (1, 10, 6, 13) 30
Dike-New Hartford (17, 12, 15, 17) 61
Union (4, 10, 11, 11) 36