HUXLEY - The Ballard girls’ basketball team secured another Raccoon River Conference championship with a 59-25 drubbing of Perry Friday.


The Bombers, ranked fifth in Class 4A, jumped out toa 36-14 lead after three quarters and put up 23 points over the final eight minutes to seal the deal. The victory put Ballard at 17-1 overall 11-0 in the RRC, giving them the conference title with three games remaining.


Ballard turned in its best rebounding effort of the season against Perry. The Bombers outrebounded the Bluejays, 41-26.


Turnovers also played a big role in the win. Ballard forced 23 and only committed seven.


Brooke Loewe kept up her hot play with 21 points, five rebounds, four steals, three assists and one block for Ballard. Josie Fleischmann added 10 points, three steals and two assists, Meg Rietz five points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block and Molly Ihle four points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals.


Cassidy Thompson chipped in four points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists and blocks apiece.


Kylie Rigby, Rachel Wohlgemuth, Ashley Wuestenberg, Lily Hillebrand, Sydney Briggs and Grace Hill all made valuable contributions off the bench for Ballard. Rigby scored five points, Wohlgemuth had three points, five steals, three assists and a block, Wuestenberg recorded three points and one rebound, Hillebrand two points, four rebounds and an assist, Briggs two points and one assist and Hill one rebound.


Perry fell to 6-12 overall and 0-9 in the conference. Molly Lutmer led the Bluejays with 12 points and Lydia Olejniczak added nine.


Ballard 59, Perry 25


P 4 6 4 11 - 25


B 14 13 9 23 - 59


Perry (25) - Molly Lutmer 5-17 1-2 12, Lydia Olejniczak 2-7 4-4 9, Ashley Cerna 1-1 0-0 2, Phoebe Stewart 1-1 0-0 2, Lanie Fish 0-0 0-0 0, Jayna Keeney 0-2 0-0 0, Ainsley Marburger 0-1 0-0 0, Odaly Perla 0-0 0-0 0, Hannah Peterson 0-1 0-0 0, Michelle Tobar 0-1 0-0 0, Kennedy Tunink 0-1 0-0 0, Kathryn West 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 9-32 5-6 25. 3-point field goals (2): Lutmer, Olejniczak. Fouls: 12.


Ballard (59) - Brooke Loewe 8-16 2-2 21, Grace Hill 0-0 0-0 0, Cassidy Thompson 2-6 0-0 4, Josie Fleischmann 4-10 0-0 10, Kylie Rigby 2-3 0-1 5, Rachel Wohlgemuth 1-4 1-2 3, Sydney Briggs 1-1 0-0 2, Meg Rietz 2-8 0-0 5, Ashley Wuestenberg 1-1 1-4 3, Molly Ihle 2-11 0-0 4, LIly Hillebrand 1-5 0-0 2. Totals: 24-65 4-9 59. 3-point field goals (7): Loewe 3, Fleischmann 2, Rigby, Rietz. Rebounds (41): Ihle 9. Assists (22): Ihle 5. Steals (21): Wohlgemuth 5. Blocks (6): Thompson 3. Fouls: 9.


HUXLEY - It wasn’t Ballard’s night on offense against Carlisle Feb. 4, but the Bombers still found a way to get the job done in a 39-25 victory..


Ballard, the fifth-ranked team in Class 4A, jumped out to a 17-6 lead. But then the Bombers went flat and couldn’t shake Carlisle.


But thanks to some big baskets from Brooke Loewe and tough defense over the final minutes the Bombers kept the Wildcats at bay to pick up a win on senior night to improve to 10-0 in the Raccoon River Conference and 16-1 overall.


“Down the road we’ll have tough games like that to go to state,” Ballard point guard Molly Ihle said. “A lot of nights might be off. You’ve just got to keep your head in it.”


Carlisle pulled within 24-18 on a basket by Isabelle Noring with four minutes, nine seconds left in the third quarter. Ballard had been in a funk offensively since its hot start, but Loewe rediscovered her shot to give the Bombers a boost.


With 3:36 left Meg Rietz drove the lane and kicked it out to Loewe on the wing. Loewe drained a shot from behind the arc to put the Bombers up nine.


Delaney Schnathorst answered with Carlisle’s only 3 of the game. But Loewe came right back with a floater in the lane.


“It’s all confidence,” Loewe said. “I knew it was going in when the ball left my hand. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates getting me the ball.”


Loewe finished with a game-high 18 points. She was riding high after scoring a career-high 33 points and hitting a school record nine 3-pointers in a 67-31 win at Bondurant-Farrar on Friday.


“It really brought my confidence up,” Loewe said. “I was just trying to keep it going in this game.”


Josie Fleischmann hit a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter to put Ballard up 34-21. The Bombers maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way despite only scoring five more points.


“We started off rough on defense,” Ihle said. “But as time went on we figured it out and all started working in sync.”


Ihle scored five points and added five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Fleischmann finished with seven points and three steals, Rietz five points, four rebounds and three assists, Maggie Larson two points, three steals and two assists and Cassidy Thompson two points and blocks apiece.


Carlisle fell to 9-8 overall and 4-4 in the conference. Molly Hoekstra paced the Wildcats with 10 points and six rebounds, Noring scored six points, Schnathorst finished with five and Kennedy Preston chipped in four assists and steals apiece.


Ballard 39, Carlisle 25


C 4 8 9 4 - 25


B 10 12 9 8 - 39


Carlisle (25) - Aubrey Furnal 0-0 0-0 0, Sydney Beg 2-4 0-0 4, Isabelle Noring 3-4 0-1 6, Delaney Schnathorst 2-2 1-1 5, Kennedy Preston 0-4 0-0 0, Katie Keeney 0-3 0-2 0, Molly Hoekstra 2-12 6-6 10. Totals: 9-29 7-10 25. 3-point field goals: None. Rebounds (16): Hoekstra 6. Assists (16): Preston 4. Steals (6): Preston 4. Blocks: None. Fouls: 13.


Ballard (39) - Brooke Loewe 7-11 0-1 18, Grace Hill 0-1 0-0 0, Maggie Larson 1-3 0-0 2, Cassidy Thompson 1-1 0-0 2, Josie Fleischmann 3-8 0-0 7, Rachel Wohlgemuth 0-0 0-0 0, Meg Rietz 1-2 2-2 5, Molly Ihle 1-5 3-5 5, Lily Hillebrand 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 14-31 5-8 39. 3-point field goals (6): Loewe 4, Fleischmann, Rietz. Rebounds (22): Ihle 5. Assists (12): Ihle 4. Steals (12): Loewe 3, Larson 3, Fleischmann 3, Ihle 3. Blocks (2): Thompson 2. Fouls: 10.