MASON CITY - Previously ranked Mason City looked every bit the part on Friday night, mowing down the Marshalltown girls' basketball team 77-44 in a Central Iowa Conference Northern Division pairing.
Makenzie Meyer scored a game-high 22 points for the Mohawks (11-3, 3-0), who fell out of the Class 5A rankings this week. Myah Mellman added 12 points and Marci Wolters had 10 more in the first of two meetings between divisional foes.
The Mohawks made 14 3-pointers and 14 shots from inside the arc.
"We talked before the game that they enjoy shooting the 3 and (Mason City) definitely stuck that to us tonight," said MHS coach Stacy O'Hare. "We played about every defense we could think of."
Sam Hughes led the Bobcats (3-12, 0-2) with 13 points to go with five rebounds and two blocked shots. Amanda Hughes contributed 11 points, four boards and two assists, while Rachel Blagg snagged a team-leading seven rebounds.
Marshalltown trailed 7-0 right out of the gates.
"They came out with so much enthusiasm and energy and they pressured us to death," O'Hare said of the Mohawks' fast start.
Kali Banks chipped in eight points for MHS, which will host a Cedar Rapids Washington team that replaced Mason City in the 5A rankings at No. 10. The Warriors are 11-3 coming into tonight's 7:45 p.m. game at the Roundhouse.
Grundy Center 46, South Hardin 43
GRUNDY CENTER - Grundy Center senior guard Ally Jansen scored a career-high 20 points to help lead the Spartans to an NICL West Division victory over South Hardin, 46-43.
With South Hardin saddling the Spartans' top scorer Katie Lindeman with a box-and-one defensive look, Jansen stepped up to fill the void. Madison Beenken added nine points off the bench, Alyssa Mathews scored six points and Jessica Ackerson added five points and eight assists in the win.
Lindeman tallied just four points but pulled down a team-leading eight rebounds for Grundy Center (9-7, 5-6).
Kayla Prosser scored a team-leading 19 points for South Hardin (11-3, 7-3), which had jumped out to a 22-13 lead after the opening period. Claire Damon scored all of her eight points in the first frame, but Grundy Center countered in the second to take a 28-27 lead into the half.
Haley Lawrence chipped in seven points for the visiting Tigers in their second NICL West loss in their last three outings.
South Tama 42, East Marshall 41
TAMA - Tieranny Keahna knocked down the go-ahead basket with 12 seconds left as NICL West frontrunner South Tama (11-2, 9-0) overcome East Marshall's late lead for a 42-41 victory.
The visiting Mustangs (4-12, 4-7) held the game's largest advantage at 40-34 with 2:28 to play after Ashley Allen scored for East Marshall. Regina Balderas cut the deficit in half with a 3-pointer, and a Paige Van Dyk triple tied the game at 40-all. Allen made a free throw and rebounded her miss on the second attempt, but a turnover gave the ball back to STC facing a one-point deficit.
The Trojans turned to Keahna on their next possession for the go-ahead score, and East Marshall's Meriel Leavy was unable to convert the front end of a one-and-one free-throw chance.
Keahna posted a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead STC, which plays a make-up game Monday at South Hardin. Van Dyk finished with nine points, Regina Balderas had eight, and Trisha Walz tallied five points and nine rebounds in the team's 10th consecutive win.
Taylor Fricke scored a game-high 14 points and added seven rebounds for East Marshall. Allen had her own double-double of 13 points and 14 boards, while Leavy and Mariah Fritz finished with five points apiece.
The Mustangs have lost four straight by a combined 11 points.
West Marshall 44, BCLUW 34
CONRAD - A two-point third quarter for BCLUW allowed West Marshall to separate itself from the Comets, as the Trojans took a 44-34 victory in NICL West action.
Gabby Reyerson tallied 14 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots for West Marshall (6-11, 4-7), which ended a three-game losing streak. Madie Streeter had 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds, and Georgia Porter put up nine points and five assists for the Trojans.
Olivia Callaway scored a game-high 15 points to pace BCLUW (4-9, 2-8). Mallory Vawter was next in line for the Comets with seven points to go with eight rebounds.
Colo-NESCO 57, North Tama 39
TRAER - Caitlyn Riese scored a game-high 19 points, leading three Colo-NESCO players in double figures in the Royals' 57-39 win over North Tama in Iowa Star Conference play.
Makaelyn Neuendorf added 15 points and Shayla Dean scored 12 for the Class 1A No. 5-ranked Royals (14-1, 10-1), who collected their third straight win.
Colo-NESCO took a 46-19 lead into the fourth quarter in sending the host Redhawks (9-6, 8-4) to their second Iowa Star loss in as many nights.
North Tama was led by Sam Zobel with 16 points to go with seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Abbie Schafer chipped in eight points while Josie Youel had seven points, eight boards and four steals. Jessi Jacobs and Abi Watlson had three assists apiece.
Don Bosco 40, GMG 24
GILBERTVILLE - Kaitlyn McGarvey's game-high 16 points helped lead Don Bosco past visiting GMG 40-24 in an Iowa Star Conference contest.
Olivia Barritt led GMG (3-12, 2-9) with 13 points, while Mikaella Koster was next in line with six points.
The Dons (7-9, 5-7) doubled their margin of victory from their first meeting, getting eight points from both Riley Schares and Emily Schaefer.