GRIMES – The North Polk girls’ basketball team couldn’t shake off a rough second quarter against Dallas Center-Grimes in a non-conference battle between two ranked teams Saturday in Grimes.

The Comets, rated No. 6 in Class 3A, hung right with the No. 11 4A team through one quarter. But DCG outscored North Polk by 12 points in the second quarter to build a 15-point halftime lead and the Comets couldn’t make up the difference over the final two quarters in a 71-53 loss.

North Polk struggled shooting from outside and at the line, falling to 9-3 on the season. The Comets made just 5 of 19 3-pointers and 8 of 16 free throws.

Megan Murphy, Miranda Murphy and Macy Gill all scored in double figures for North Polk in the loss. Megan had 18 points after making 7 of 14 field goals and 4 of 9 3-pointers; Miranda ended up with 17 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals and Gill delivered a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Maddy Hill tacked on four points, six rebounds and two steals and Riley Murphy had one point and one block for the Comets.

DCG 71, North Polk 53

NP 16 9 14 14 – 53

DCG 19 21 17 14 – 71

North Polk (53) – Macy Gill 5-16 3-8 13, Megan Murphy 7-14 0-0 18, Cali Capaldo 0-0 0-0 0, Maggie Potter 0-0 0-0 0, Maddy Hill 2-7 0-0 4, Rachel Scott 0-0 0-0 0, Riley Murphy 0-4 1-2 1, Miranda Murphy 6-14 4-6 17, Rachel Zimmermann 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 20-56 8-16 53. 3-point field goals (5): Me. Murphy 4, Mi. Murphy. Rebounds (27): Gill 10. Assists (8): Mi. Murphy 4. Steals (10): Mi. Murphy 3. Blocks (1): R. Murphy.

ALLEMAN – North Polk dominated from start to finish against South Hamilton Friday in Alleman as the Comets posted a 63-26 Heart of Iowa Conference victory.

North Polk rushed out to an 11-point lead after one quarter and by halftime, that margin had more than doubled. The Comets led by 29 points after three quarters and they continued to control the game in the fourth quarter, limiting the Hawks to just four points over the final eight minutes to improve to 8-1 in the HOIC.

The Comets limited the Hawks to 23-percent shooting from the field and South Hamilton was just 2 of 6 from the line. North Polk was hot from outside – making 8 of 16 3-pointers – and the Comets shot 47 percent overall from the field and made 13 of 20 free throws.

Megan Murphy had the hot hand for North Polk as she nearly matched South Hamilton’s team scoring total by netting 22 points. Murphy made 7 of 14 field goals and she was 6 of 11 from 3-point range.

Miranda Murphy posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds and she also had two blocks for the Comets. Macy Gill added 10 points and four steals; Maddy Hill had eight points, two steals and one block; Riley Murphy contributed six points, three rebounds and two assists and Rachel Zimmermann chipped in three points and five rebounds.

Savana Stangeland led South Hamilton with seven points and five rebounds. Kaitlin Fisher added four points, eight rebounds and three steals and Allyson Ervin scored five points for the Hawks.

North Polk 63, South Hamilton 26

SH 3 9 10 4 – 26

NP 14 22 15 12 – 63

South Hamilton (26) – Kaitlin Fisher2-10 0-2 4, Kali Lucas 2-11 0-0 4, Kayla Monthei 1-4 1-2 4, Allyson Ervin 2-6 0-0 5, Kayla Lucas 1-2 0-0 2, Diana Garcia 0-2 0-0 0, Jenny Christensen 0-0 0-0 0, Savana Stangeland 3-8 1-2 7, Abby Elsner 0-0 0-0 0, Carly Swenson 0-5 0-0 0. Totals: 11-48 2-6 26. 3-point field goals (2): Monthei, Ervin. Rebounds (30): Fisher 8. Assists (7): Kay. Lucas 2, Swenson 2. Steals (8): Fisher 3. Blocks None.

North Polk (63) – Macy Gill 4-9 0-0 10, Megan Murphy 7-14 2-4 22, Ali Teig 0-0 0-0 0, Cali Capaldo 0-1 0-0 0, Maggie Potter 1-1 0-0 2, Maddy Hill 3-7 2-2 8, Rachel Scott 0-0 0-0 0, Riley Murphy 2-2 2-2 6, Miranda Murphy 3-8 4-4 10, Rachel Zimmermann 1-2 1-2 3, Allison Hale 0-1 2-6 2. Totals: 21-45 13-20 63. 3-point field goals (8): Me. Murphy 6, Gill 2. Rebounds (27): Mi. Murphy 10. Assists (3): Hill, Mi. Murphy, Zimmermann. Steals (11): Gill 4. Blocks (4): Mi. Murphy 2.

JEFFERSON – North Polk played three good quarters and then held on down the stretch to outlast Greene County by a 46-42 score Jan. 7 in Jefferson.

The Comets outscored the Rams in each of the first three quarters. They led 26-20 at the half and increased that edge to 11 points by the end of three quarters.

But North Polk went cold offensively in the fourth quarter. The Comets scored just six points as they had to fend off a gutsy Ram team to earn their seventh Heart of Iowa Conference victory.

Both teams made 15 field goals, with North Polk maintaining a slight accuracy edge from the field at 43 percent to the Rams’ 41-percent effort. The Comets also had the edge at the line – making 14 of 20 free throws against Greene County’s 8 of 12 showing – and that helped make up for the Rams’ 4-2 advantage in 3-point baskets.

Megan Murphy paced North Polk with 15 points as she made 5 of 7 field goals, 1 of 2 3-pointers and 4 of 4 free throws. Murphy also had two blocks and one assist and steal apiece.

Miranda Murphy finished with 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal for the Comets. Freshman Hannah Becker had six points and rebounds apiece along with three blocks, Rachel Zimmermann also netted six points and Maddy Hill and Riley Murphy chipped in four points apiece.

Kayla Mobley delivered seven points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals for Greene County in a losing effort. Hannah Onken led Greene County in scoring with nine points and Thea Ballard tacked on seven points.

North Polk 46, Greene County 42

NP 9 17 14 6 – 46

GC 8 12 9 13 – 42

North Polk (46) – Macy Gill 0-2 1-2 1, Megan Murphy 5-7 4-4 15, Hannah Becker 2-6 2-2 6, Maddy Hill 2-6 0-0 4, Riley Murphy 2-3 0-0 4, Miranda Murphy 4-9 1-1 10, Rachel Zimmermann 0-2 6-11 6. Totals: 15-35 14-20 46. 3-point field goals (2): Me. Murphy, Mi. Murphy. Rebounds (24): Becker 6. Assists (7): Mi. Murphy 3. Steals (6): Becker 2, Hill 2. Blocks (5): Becker 3.

Greene County (42) – Emma Saddoris 1-2 0-0 2, Thea Ballard 3-4 0-0 7, Tressa Rasmussen 2-6 0-0 6, Abby Bravard 0-0 0-0 0, Stacy Mears 0-2 0-0 0, Marissa Promes 1-2 0-0 2, Emily Christensen 1-4 2-2 5, Jolee Wessling 1-6 2-4 4, Kayla Mobley 2-7 3-5 7, Hannah Onken 4-4 1-1 9. Totals: 15-37 8-12 42. 3-point field goals (4): Rasmussen 2, Ballard, Christensen. Rebounds (20): Mobley 8. Assists (12): Mobley 4. Steals (5): Mobley 2. Blocks: None.