STORY CITY - The North Polk boys’ basketball team couldn’t overcome a hot start by Roland-Story in a 50-42 road loss to the Norsemen Dec. 19 at Story City.


The Comets were outscored by nine points in the first quarter. By halftime, they only had 10 points and trailed by 10.


North Polk got back in the game in the third quarter. The Comets pulled to within 30-25 by the end of the quarter.


But in the fourth quarter Roland-Story put 20 points on the board, which was enough for the Norsemen to pull away.


The loss put North Polk at 1-8 overall and 1-5 in the Heart of Iowa Conference. The Comets shot 41 percent from the field and held Roland-Story to 33-percent shooting, but they were outrebounded, 32-26, and only made 3 of 8 free throws.


Roland-Story also burned North Polk from outside. The Norsemen made 11 3-pointers and North Polk finished with just three baskets from behind the arc.


Colten Parkins had 14 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block for North Polk in the loss. Caleb Lomica added 12 points, eight rebounds, five blocks and two assists.


Cameron Markert finished with four points, five assists and one steal for North Polk. Sam Carstensen tacked on six points, five rebounds and one steal.


Roland-Story improved to 3-5 overall and 2-4 in the conference. Kade Faga had 19 points and Austin Hobbs 14 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Norsemen.


Roland-Story 50, North Polk 42


NP 5 5 15 17 - 42


RS 14 6 10 20 - 50


North Polk (42) - Cole Bouchard 1-3 0-1 3, Austin McArthur 1-3 0-2 2, Clark Hood 0-0 0-0 0, Colten Parkins 6-18 0-0 14, Quinten Sommers 0-0 0-0 0, Cameron Markert 2-6 0-0 4, Austin Lomica 5-9 2-3 12, Quinton McArthur 0-0 0-0 0, Sam Carstensen 3-4 0-0 6, Mark Cox 0-1 1-2 1. Totals: 18-44 3-8 42. 3-point field goals (3): Parkins 2, Bouchard. Rebounds (26): Lomica 8. Assists (10): Markert 5. Steals (6): Parkins 3. Blocks (6): Lomica 5. Fouls: 18.


Roland-Story (50) - Dylan Ihle 0-3 0-0 0, Kade Faga 5-15 5-8 19, Austin Hobbs 4-7 2-2 14, Jon Sansgaard 0-1 0-0 0, Carter Greenfield 2-6 0-0 5, Dylan Matheason 3-9 0-0 8, Ben Chelsvig 1-2 0-0 2, Sam Skaar 0-1 0-0 0, Mitchell Shorkey 0-1 2-3 2. Totals: 15-45 9-13 50. 3-point field goals (11): Faga 4, Hobbs 4, Matheason 2, Greenfield. Rebounds (32): Chelsvig 6, Shorkey 6. Assists (13): Hobbs 5. Steals (5): Greenfield 2. Blocks (2): Chelsvig, Shorkey. Fouls: 11.