ALLEMAN - The one-two punch of Maggie Phipps and Jaedon Murphy helped No. 8 North Polk overcome a brilliant individual performance by No. 15 West Marshall’s Isabelle Gradwell in a battle of ranked Class 3A programs Dec. 21 in Alleman.


Phipps and Murphy combined for 37 points to lead North Polk to a hard-fought 52-48 victory.


The Comets (9-1) used a strong finish to get around a rough second quarter for the non-conference triumph. North Polk trailed 30-25 at the half and fell behind by six after three quarters before outscoring the Trojans 21-11 down the stretch for its second win over a ranked opponent in a row.


North Polk only shot 14 of 39 from the field and gave up nine 3-pointers. But the Comets were a strong 18 of 24 from the line and totaled 15 steals to pull off the victory.


Phipps finished the game with 19 points. She made four 3-pointers and added two rebounds, steals and blocks apiece.


Murphy tallied 18 points after converting 5 of 9 field goals and 8 of 9 free throws. Murphy also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds to finish with a double-double, and she added two assists and steals apiece.


Rebecca Ley tacked on four points, four rebounds and three steals and Katie Scott had four points, one assist and one steal for North Polk. Katie Brown chipped in three points, six steals, three assists, three rebounds and one block.


Gradwell went off for a game-high 31 points for West Marshall in defeat. She made 7 of 11 3-pointers and also had six rebounds and five steals.


West Marshall fell to 7-3 with the loss. Karlyn Snider chipped in five points, two assists and two steals and Kayla Cripps three points, seven rebounds and two assists for the Trojans.


North Polk 52, West Marshall 48


WM 8 22 7 11 - 48


NP 13 12 6 21 - 52


West Marshall (48) - Avril Sinning 0-1 0-0 0, Kayla Cripps 1-4 1-4 3, Isabelle Gradwell 9-18 6-6 31, Karlyn Snider 1-5 2-2 5, Emma Meyer 1-3 0-0 3, Teresa Disney 2-3 0-0 4, Grace Girard 0-0 0-0 0, Renae Schaper 0-0 2-2 2. Totals: 14-34 11-14 48. 3-point field goals (9): Gradwell 7, Snider, Meyer. Rebounds (23): Cripps 7. Assists (8): Cripps 2, Snider 2, Disney 2. Steals (16): Gradwell 5, Meyer 5. Blocks (1): Disney. Fouls: 17.


North Polk (52) - Rebecca Ley 0-0 4-6 4, Katie Scott 1-6 1-3 4, Abbi Zimmer 1-1 0-0 2, Danielle Bonewitz 0-1 0-0 0, Katie Brown 1-5 0-0 3, Jaedon Murphy 5-9 8-9 18, Hannah Foster 0-0 0-0 0, Carolyn Steffen 1-2 0-0 2, Maggie Phipps 5-15 5-6 19, Maddie Bruggeman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 14-39 18-24 52. 3-point field goals (6): Phipps 4, Scott, Brown. Rebounds (25): Murphy 10. Assists (9): Brown 3. Steals (15): Brown 6. Blocks (3): Phipps 2. Fouls: 12.