HUXLEY – Great execution on offense and defense enabled Ballard to run away from Bondurant-Farrar in a matchup between two ranked Raccoon River Conference powers Friday in Huxley.

Ballard, ranked sixth in Class 4A, used excellent ball movement and a strong post game to keep Bondurant-Farrar’s defense off balance; they also locked down the Bluejay 3-point shooters nearly the entire game. The end result was an impressive 55-40 Ballard victory that gave a Bluejay team rated No. 2 in 3A its second setback of the season.

"We’ve been working really hard for Bondurant," Ballard forward Gabie Doud said. "We wanted to come back and prove that we’re a better team than what we showed against ADM (a 41-39 loss on Dec. 20). We know that if we play to our strengths and do what we can do, we’ll come out on top most of the time."

Ballard (10-2, 4-1) took charge of the game early in the second quarter.

With Ballard leading 12-11, senior forward Kenzie Ihle drilled a 3-pointer and Doud followed a pair of missed Bondurant-Farrar free throws with a basket to put Ballard up by six. Emily Knittel and Meredith Ossian both added baskets and then Charcey Petersen drilled a 3-pointer to push the lead to 24-14, and by halftime, the Bombers held a 12-point cushion.

The start of the second half saw Ballard turn things up a notch to put the game away early.

Doud converted a 3-point play off a nice pass from Ihle, Ihle followed with another 3-pointer, Doud scored inside again and then she found a cutting Ossian for a basket to put Ballard up 38-18 with 3:06 to go in the third quarter.

"When we spread it and started to cut, we got some easy baskets that way," Ballard head coach Kelly Anderson said. "Those were big."

Bondurant-Farrar finally got something going offensively in the fourth quarter when Maddi Atzen got hot from outside. Atzen hit three 3-pointers in the quarter to get the Bluejays as close as 46-33 with 3:18 left in regulation.

But the Bomber lead was far too big to overcome, especially when Ballard hit its free throws down the stretch. The Bombers were 7 of 8 from the line in the final three minutes to easily sew up the game.

"Our coach has been stressing to us about free throws because we – I know myself has – been struggling," said Doud, who finished 9 of 11 from the line on the night. "ADM was a big game where we needed free throws. So we’ve been working on that and we made them tonight."

Ballard ended up 14 of 17 as a team from the line. The Bombers shot 45 percent from the field (18 of 40) and 38 percent from 3-point range (5 of 13) and they held the Bluejays to a measly 28-percent shooting night, including just 4 of 24 from 3-point range.

"They especially have a couple of shooters that are really good (Atzen and Ashley Burrows) and we brought attention to that in practice," Anderson said. "Our kids on the bench do a nice job of yelling and letting everybody know where the shooters are – especially Ashley and Madi. Madi hit three toward the end – we kind of lost track of her a little bit. But overall the kids did a really nice job on the defensive end."

The Bombers showed great unselfishness on offense, ending up with 15 assists on 18 field goals. Ballard also had a 30-18 rebounding advantage and both teams ended up with 18 turnovers.

Doud dominated inside for Ballard and Ihle stepped up big from outside.

Doud netted a game-high 19 points after making 5 of 6 field goals to go along with her strong foul shooting. She also pulled down eight rebounds, dished out four assists and came away with four steals.

Ihle hit 4 of 8 3-pointers, totaling 12 points. She also dished out four assists on the night.

Ossian also played well inside for Ballard. Normally a 3-point threat, Ossian burned Bondurant-Farrar several times either cutting to the basket or beating the Bluejays down court for layups as she went 5 of 6 from the field and scored 10 points.

"My teammates saw me when I was open," Ossian said. "We were all cutting and moving a lot and that helps get us all open."

Knittel finished with seven points and rebounds apiece. Petersen had three points and three assists, Alanna Dubberke had five rebounds and two points, Jenna Moody contributed two points and one assist and Abby McGee chipped in three steals and one assist for the Bombers.

The loss put Bondurant-Farrar at 9-2 overall and 3-2 in the conference. The Bluejays had suffered their first loss just three days earlier at home against Carlisle.

Burrows led Bondurant-Farrar with 11 points and she also had five rebounds, three steals and two assists. Atzen and Keely Bycroft both scored 10 points and Emily Wilson tacked on nine for the Bluejays.

Ballard 55, Bondurant-Farrar 40

B-F 9 7 7 17 – 40

B 12 16 12 15 – 55

Bondurant-Farrar (40) – Emma Gaber 0-1 0-0 0, Lizzy Trulson 0-2 0-0 0, Lexi Atzen 0-3 0-0 0, Emily Wilson 3-12 2-2 9, Madi Atzen 3-9 1-2 10, Ashley Burrows 4-9 3-3 11, Amy Stock 0-2 0-0 0, Keely Bycroft 5-11 0-2 10. Totals: 15-49 6-9 40. 3-point field goals (4): M. Atzen 3, Wilson. Rebounds (18): L. Atzen 6. Assists (7): Wilson 2, Burrows 2. Steals (6): Burrows 3. Blocks: None.

Ballard (55) – Charcey Petersen 1-3 0-0 3, Meredith Ossian 5-6 0-0 10, Abby McGee 0-5 0-0 0, Alanna Dubberke 1-4 0-0 2, Kenzie Ihle 4-9 0-0 12, Jenna Moody 0-1 2-2 2, Gabie Doud 5-6 9-11 19, Emily Knittel 2-6 3-4 7. Totals: 18-40 14-17 55. 3-point field goals (5): Ihle 4, Petersen. Rebounds (30): Doud 8. Assists (15): Ihle 4, Doud 4. Steals (10): Doud 4. Blocks (2): Ossian, Knittel.

CARROLL – It didn’t take much for Ballard to get past a winless Carroll squad Jan. 7 at Carroll as the Bombers overwhelmed the Tigers from the start in a 73-18 victory.

Ballard ripped apart the Tiger defense for 27 points in the first quarter. By halftime, the Bombers held a lopsided 43-8 lead, which enabled them to use the second half as mop up time, coasting to their eighth overall win and third Raccoon River Conference triumph.

The Bombers shot 55 percent from the field (32 of 58) and they made eight 3-pointers. Ballard had an impressive 27 assists and the Bombers also dominated defensively, forcing 33 Carroll turnovers.

Gabie Doud outscored Carroll all by herself for Ballard, netting 25 points. She made 11 of 12 field goals – including both of her 3-point attempts – and also dished out two assists.

Emily Knittel nearly matched Carroll’s output herself, scoring 16 points on 8 of 9 shooting. She also had two assists and two steals.

Kenzie Ihle was fantastic, distributing the ball for Ballard as she dished out 10 assists. Ihle also had six points and four steals.

Meredith Ossian tacked on 10 points and four rebounds. Jenna Moody registered five points and rebounds apiece; Abby McGee came away with four steals; Alanna Dubberke had two points, three assists and two steals and Charcey Petersen chipped in two points, four rebounds and four steals.

Emily Moores and Kristin Honold each scored six points for Carroll as the Tigers dropped to 0-8 overall and 0-4 in the RRC.

Ballard 73, Carroll 18

B 27 16 14 16 – 73

C 4 4 6 4 – 18

Ballard (73) – Charcey Petersen 1-5 0-0 2, Jenna Moody 2-4 0-0 5, Gabie Doud 11-12 1-2 25, Abby McGee 0-2 0-0 0, Emily Knittel 8-9 0-0 16, Kenzie Ihle 2-8 0-0 6, Meredith Ossian 4-5 0-0 10, Alanna Dubberke 1-1 0-0 2, Taylor Larson 1-5 0-0 2, Shelby Drummond 0-2 0-0 0, Hannah Jensen 1-1 0-0 3, Sarah Neal 1-2 0-0 2, Sheridan Gealow 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 32-58 1-2 73. 3-point field goals (8): Doud 2, Ihle 2, Ossian 2, Moody, Jensen. Rebounds (29): Moody 5. Assists (27): Ihle 10. Steals (23): Petersen 4, McGee 4, Ihle 4. Blocks (2): Knittel, Drummond.

Carroll (18) – Emma Borchers 2-5 0-0 4, Sarah Steffen 0-1 0-0 0, Hannah Lo 0-0 0-0 0, Emily Moores 3-4 0-0 6, Kristin Honold 2-5 2-2 6, Shelby Wenck 0-1 0-0 0, Brenna Lehmann 0-1 0-0 0, Tyra Tryon 0-1 0-0 0, Danielle Haberl 0-0 0-0 0, Hayley Boes 0-1 0-0 0, Bianca Irlbeck 0-3 2-2 2. Totals: 7-22 4-4 18. 3-point field goals: None. Rebounds (9): Lehmann 3. Assists (2): Borchers, Wenck. Steals (3): Borchers, Honold, Irlbeck. Blocks: None.