BOONE - The Ballard girls’ basketball team struggled to find its offensive identity against a ranked team for the second game in a row when the Bombers faced a Boone squad rated No. 7 in Class 4A Friday at Boone.


The Bombers also had a sluggish start for the second game in a row, suffering a 51-31 setback at the hands of Boone.


Ballard only scored three points in the first quarter and by halftime, Boone had built a 26-12 lead. Ballard was outscored 21-4 in the first quarter of a 62-47 loss at then-No. 13 Pella three nights earlier.


The Bombers gave a good effort over the final two quarters against Boone. They were only outscored 25-19 in the second half.


For the game, Ballard shot 32 percent from the field. The Bombers were just 3 of 14 from 3-point range and 4 of 8 from the line.


Ballard did hang tough on the boards against a bigger Boone squad. The Toreadors only held a 24-20 rebounding advantage.


A big advantage at the foul line helped Boone cruise to victory. The Toreadors made 17 of 22 foul shots and they also shot well from the field (48 percent).


Molly Ihle and Josie Fleischmann each scored eight points for Ballard. Ihle also had three rebounds, two assists and one steal and Fleischmann two assists, one steal and one rebound.


Maggie Larson and Charity Ransom tacked on six points apiece. Larson had one assist, rebound, steal and block apiece and Ransom four rebounds, one assist and one steal.


Sydni Thrailkill chipped in three points and two rebounds and Ana Vier pulled down six boards for the Bombers, who dropped to 1-4 overall and 1-1 in the Raccoon River Conference.


Boone improved to 4-0 and 2-0 respectively. Caitlynne Shadle had 19 points, five rebounds and three steals and Claire Sandvig 11 points, six rebounds and three blocks for the Toreadors versus the Bombers.


Boone 51, Ballard 31


B 3 9 8 11 - 31


Bo 8 18 11 14 - 51


Ballard (31) - Tara Sanders 0-2 0-0 0, Maggie Larson 2-5 1-1 6, Summer McVicker 0-2 0-0 0, Charity Ransom 3-4 0-0 6, Rachel Wohlgemuth 0-0 0-0 0, Sydni Thrailkill 1-5 0-0 3, Grace Hill 0-0 0-0 0, Molly Ihle 3-6 2-2 8, Josie Fleischmann 3-6 1-5 8, Karlee Ahrenholtz 0-1 0-0 0, Skylar Rigby 0-0 0-0 0, Ana Vier 0-6 0-0 0. Totals: 12-37 4-8 31. 3-point field goals (3): Larson, Thrailkill, Fleischmann. Rebounds (20): Vier 6. Assists (9): Ihle 2, Fleischmann 2, Ahrenholtz 2. Steals (5): Sanders, Larson, Ransom, Ihle, Fleischmann. Blocks (1): Fouls: 21. Fouled out: Ransom.


Boone (51) - Madyln Danner 3-7 2-2 8, Caitlynne Shadle 6-9 5-5 19, Ashley Behrendt 0-0 0-0 0, Emily Ades 0-0 1-2 1, Aliyah Graham 1-2 0-0 3, Lauren Calkins 1-2 0-0 2, Emma Dighton 1-7 3-4 6, Zoe Hightshoe 0-0 0-0 0, Claire Sandvig 3-4 5-6 11, Megan Osborn 0-0 1-2 1, Lilly Lyons 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 15-31 17-22 51. 3-point field goals (4): Shadle 2, Graham, Dighton. Rebounds (24): Sandvig 6. Assists (12): Dighton 6. Steals (9): Graham 4. Blocks (5): Sandvig 3. Fouls: 13.


PELLA - A brutal first quarter proved too much for Ballard to overcome in a 62-47 non-conference loss to No. 13 (Class 4A) Pella Dec. 5 at Pella.


The Bombers were outscored by 17 points in the opening period. Pella increased its lead to 20 points at the half and Ballard was unable to make up the large gap, despite a strong fourth quarter, to fall to 1-3 on the season.


Ballard shot just 37 percent from the field, attempted only seven foul shots, committed 23 turnovers and suffered a 38-33 rebounding deficit. The Bombers played tough defense after the first quarter, forcing 21 turnovers for the game and limiting Pella to 39-percent shooting from the field.


Josie Fleischmann stepped up with 13 points, three assists, two steals and one block for Ballard in a losing effort. Molly Ihle had six points, seven rebounds, six steals, two assists and one block.


Maggie Larson chipped in seven points, three rebounds, one assist and one block for Ballard. Ana Vier tacked on six points, seven rebounds, two steals and one block; Tara Sanders hit two 3-pointers and netted six points and Sydni Thrailkill registered five points, two assists and two steals.


Emily Holterhaus led Pella (2-2) with 19 points, 13 rebounds, three steals and one block. Chloe Van Vliet and Caroline Bradley each scored 10 points for the Little Dutch.


Pella 62, Ballard 47


B 4 15 12 16 - 47


P 21 18 14 9 - 62


Ballard (47) - Tara Sanders 2-7 0-0 6, Maggie Larson 3-7 0-0 7, Summer McVicker 0-1 0-0 0, Charity Ransom 1-3 0-0 2, Sydni Thrailkill 1-2 2-2 5, Molly Ihle 2-11 0-0 6, Josie Fleischmann 6-10 1-4 13, Karlee Ahrenholtz 1-3 0-0 2, Ana Vier 3-7 0-1 6. Totals: 19-51 3-7 47. 3-point field goals (6): Sanders 2, Ihle 2, Larson, Thrailkill. Rebounds (33): Ihle 7, Vier 7. Assists (10): Fleischmann 3. Steals (13): Ihle 6. Blocks (4): Larson, Ihle, Fleischmann, Vier. Fouls: 14.


Pella (62) - Emily Holterhaus 8-13 3-4 19, Chloe Van Vliet 3-8 3-3 10, Caroline Bradley 4-11 0-0 10, Erica Bossard 3-11 0-0 7, Kara Wichhart 2-5 2-2 6, Grace Held 2-7 0-1 5, Sidnie Van Vark 1-1 0-0 3, Elly Cairney 0-2 2-2 2, Chloe Griffin 0-0 0-0 0, Metje Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Madison Parks 0-0 0-0 0, Elsie Thoreson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 23-58 10-12 62. 3-point field goals (6): Bradley 2, Van Vliet, Bossard, Held, Van Vark. Rebounds (38): Holterhaus 13. Assists (11): Wichhart 3. Steals (15): Wichhart 6. Blocks (2): Holterhaus, Van Vliet. Fouls: 10.