GARWIN - Off the heels of a state playoff run in football, North Tama coach Brandon Clubb doesn't believe his team is quite in basketball mode yet.
Opponents are in no rush to see what that looks like.
Shaking off some rust after a sluggish opening frame, the Class 1A eighth-ranked Redhawks used a 14-0 second quarter run to pull away for a 68-36 rout in an Iowa Star Conference clash Tuesday.
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GMG’S Luke Petty (14) shields off North Tama’s Nolan Hefty for two of his eight points Tuesday in Garwin. The Class 1A No. 8-ranked Redhawks used a 14-0 flurry in the second quarter to score a 68-36 victory in Iowa Star Conference play.
"We missed a lot of bunnies and we don't normally do that," said Clubb of his team's first quarter performance that allowed the Wolverines to lead 9-8.
"We were getting the shots we wanted, but they just weren't going in."
They started to fall in the second.
Trailing 11-10 early in the second frame, North Tama (7-0, 5-0) got its transition game on track as Mitchell Boerm and Jacob Wrage each chipped in four points during the Redhawks' decisive surge that helped them claim a 24-11 lead late in the quarter. Brent Billerbeck hit a jumper before the buzzer as North Tama took a 26-13 advantage into the locker room.
"We played a really good first quarter but the second quarter they picked up their intensity and we didn't match it," said GMG coach Dean Aldrich.
"We're not that big, so we need to be able to get out and run. We weren't able to do that in the second quarter."
The Redhawks didn't relent in the third as Boerm, who had a game-high 21 points and 10 boards, capped a 10-2 blitz for North Tama with a layup stretching the margin to 40-19 seven minutes into the second half. The Redhawks used their size to control the paint as they continued to widen their lead in the fourth.
Outscoring its opponents by an average off 33 points during its perfect 7-0 start, Clubb still sees plenty of room for improvement.
"I don't know if I would consider us in basketball mode yet, we've still got a little bit of football left in us," said Clubb.
"Obviously it's early, but we're not quite where we need to be. We can shoot the ball better and believe it or not, we can play better defense than what we're playing right now."
Both teams were able to get up and down the floor in the opening frame as Blake Warren scored seven straight points punctuating a 9-0 flurry for the Wovlerines with a wide-open trey to give the home squad a 9-3 lead late in the first. A bucket from Boerm and a triple from Paul Kaufmann helped North Tama pull within one before they set the pace in the second.
"That's one of the things we pride ourselves on - not letting the other team do what they want to do," said Clubb, whose squad took GMG out of its early rhythm with its full-court trap defense.
"We dictate the tempo and we want to go fast, disrupt them and cause turnovers."
Wrage poured in 16 points for North Tama, while Kaufmann had 10. Warren led the Wolverines with nine points and seven boards, while Luke Petty and Brock Fisher scored eight points apiece.
Both squads hit the road this weekend as North Tama takes on Janesville Friday. GMG faces Clarksville Friday and Montezuma Saturday.