HUXLEY - The Ballard boys’ basketball team hit a rough stretch at exactly the wrong time against Winterset in a 70-62 loss to the Huskies Friday.


The Bombers led by nine early in the fourth quarter, but gave up a 17-1 run and never recovered in falling to 14-6 overall and finishing 12-2 in the Raccoon River Conference. But Ballard received some good news later in the evening, Carlisle upset Carroll in overtime - giving the Bombers the RRC title outright.


Ballard led Winterset by 10 late in the third quarter and still held a 50-41 advantage early in the fourth following a basket from Jacob Ihle. But then Brock Johnson scored a couple baskets, Dawson Forgy scored off a steal and Easton Darling hit a 3-pointer for the Huskies and all of the sudden the Bomber lead was cut to 51-50.


Ballard caught a tough break with 4:55 to go.


The Bombers were whistled for two fouls back to back, one in play and the other after a free throw, that gave Winterset a 52-51 lead. Casey Avery followed with a basket off a lob and then Darling scored two hoops to give the Huskies a 58-51 advantage.


“It was a combo of we missed a few shots and they made a few shots,” Ballard head coach Jeff Schertz said. “We had a turnover or two too many, which allowed them to have a scoring opportunity or an easy bucket. We’re a good free-throw shooting team and we went out of character there as well.”


Ballard hung around until the final seconds of play. A Connor Drew 3-pointer pulled the Bombers within 65-62 with 35 seconds left.


But the Bombers didn’t score again.


“If there’s a tough stretch you’ve got to be good enough to overcome those stretches,” Schertz said. “Normally we are, but tonight we were not quite good enough to overcome some of those things that were working against us and working for Winterset.”


Ballard outrebounded Winterset, 34-23, and made eight 3-pointers to the Huskies’ three. But Winterset racked up 13 steals to just three for Ballard and the Huskies outshot the Bombers 49 to 41 percent from the field.


Drew made six 3-pointers and ended up with 27 points, 11 rebounds and one block for Ballard in a losing effort. He said Ballard plans on bouncing back strong from the loss with substate play just around the corner.


“We’ll be fine,” Drew said. “We’ve still got the postseason. We won’t dwell on this game.”


Mason Murphy had 10 points and six assists, Ashton Hermann 10 points and two steals and Kade Reinertson eight points and five rebounds for Ballard. Ihle chipped in four points and six rebounds, Kale Krogh three points, five rebounds and one block and Sam Petersen six rebounds and three assists.


Winterset finished 11-3 in the conference and improved to 15-4 overall. Darling went for a game-high 30 points and three assists and steals apiece, Johnson had 10 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals and Forgy nine points and assists apiece.


Winterset 70, Ballard 62


W 18 14 8 30 - 70


B 18 14 16 14 - 62


Winterset (70) - Levi Gurwell 1-1 0-0 3, Easton Darling 12-22 4-7 30, Dawson Forgy 4-9 1-2 9, Hunter Farr 1-6 0-0 2, Blake Bellamy 0-0 0-0 0, Brock Johnson 4-6 2-3 10, Casey Young 3-7 2-3 8, Nathan Avery 3-6 2-2 8. Totals: 28-57 11-17 70. 3-point field goals (3): Darling 2, Gurwell. Rebounds (23): Johnson 8. Assists (22): Forgy 9. Steals (13): Johnson 4. Blocks: None. Fouls: 18.


Ballard (62) - Mason Murphy 3-6 4-5 10, Nic Edwards 0-0 0-0 0, Sam Petersen 0-3 0-0 0, Kade Reinertson 4-6 0-0 8, Ashton Hermann 3-13 2-2 10, Connor Drew 8-17 5-7 27, Jacob Ihle 2-2 0-0 4, Kale Krogh 1-4 1-3 3. Totals: 21-51 12-17 62. 3-point field goals (8): Drew 6, Hermann 2. Rebounds (34): Drew 11. Assists (16): Murphy 6. Steals (3): Hermann 2. Blocks (2): Drew, Krogh. Fouls: 12. Fouled out: Krogh.


PERRY - Ballard turned in a historic night offensively against Perry Feb. 13, hitting the century mark in points with a 100-40 victory over the Bluejays.


Ballard scored 50 points in each half. They led by 17 at the break then completely blew the game open to improve to 14-5 on the season and securing at least a share of the Raccoon River Conference championship by going to 12-1 in the conference.


The Bombers shot an outstanding 61 percent from the field and made an impressive 15 3-pointers in 31 attempts.


Ashton Hermann made five 3-pointers and led Ballard with 24 points, five rebounds, two assists and three steals. Kale Krogh had 14 points, five rebounds, two steals and a block, Connor Drew 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists and Mason Murphy nine points, six assists and two steals.


Drake Wunder hit three 3-pointers and scored nine points, Isaiah Peasley and Kade Miller both scored six points and Bryce Haessig five for the Bombers. Peasley also had two assists and one steal.


Sam Petersen and Kade Reinertson both scored four points, Jacob Ross three and Colby Calvert and Kyler Watson two apiece. Petersen added three rebounds and one assist, Reinertson four boards, three assists and two steals and Calvert three rebounds, two assists and two steals.


Ballard 100, Perry 40


B 33 17 32 18 - 100


P 14 16 4 6 - 40


Ballard (100) - Mason Murphy 4-6 0-0 9, Nic Edwards 0-3 0-0 0, Sam Petersen 2-5 0-0 4, Kade Reinertson 2-5 0-0 4, Drake Wunder 3-4 0-0 9, Isaiah Peasley 2-3 0-0 6, Ashton Hermann 8-12 3-3 24, Colby Calvert 1-2 0-0 2, Kade Miller 2-3 2-2 6, Connor Drew 5-7 0-0 12, Kyler Watson 1-2 0-0 2, Jacob Ross 1-2 0-0 3, Jacob Ihle 0-1 0-0 0, Bryce Haessig 2-2 0-0 5, Alex Upah 0-0 0-0 0, Kale Krogh 7-9 0-0 14. Totals: 40-66 5-5 100. 3-point field goals (15): Hermann 5, Wunder 3, Peasley 2, Drew 2, Murphy, Ross, Haessig. Rebounds (39: Drew 7. Assists (29): Murphy 6. Steals (11): Murphy 2, Reinertson 2, Hermann 2, Calvert 2, Krogh 2. Blocks (2): Drew, Krogh. Fouls: 8.


CARROLL - Ballard took over sole possession of first place in the Raccoon River Conference Feb. 11 with its second impressive victory over Carroll this season.


The Bombers whipped the Tigers on the road, 72-59, after crushing them at home, 68-42, a month earlier. Both Ballard victories account for Carroll’s only losses on the season.


The third quarter was the big turning point in the game. Carroll led 30-27 at the half, but Ballard dominated the third quarter, outscoring the Tigers 21-7.


The Bombers continued to play well offensively in the fourth quarter to easily fend off the Tigers and improve to 13-5 overall and 11-1 in the conference.


Ballard shot at an impressive 57-percent clip from the field and made 14 of 18 free throws. The Bombers had 20 assists on 26 field goals.


Connor Drew went for 28 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal for Ballard in the win. He made 9 of 12 field goals and all 10 of his free throws.


Ashton Hermman hit three 3-pointers and finished with 19 points and three rebounds and assists apiece. Kade Reinertson put up 12 points on 6 of 8 shooting and tacked on two assists and steals apiece.


Jacob Ihle hit two 3-pointers and scored eight points, Mason Murphy had five assists, Sam Petersen three points and four assists, Kale Krogh four rebounds and two blocks and Nic Edwards one point and two assists for the Bombers.


Ballard 72, Carroll 59


B 13 14 21 24 - 72


C 18 12 7 22 - 59


Carroll (59) - Kaleb Booth 0 0-0 0, Colby Christensen 3 2-2 9, Tory Feldman 2 0-1 4, Klein Jones 2 4-5 8, Karter Lein 6 8-8 22, Treyton Goins 0 0-0 0, Eliot Tidgren 0 0-0 0, Colby Vincent 6 1-2 16. Totals: 19 15-18 59. 3-point field goals (6): Vincent 3, Lein 2, Christensen. Fouls: 19. Fouled out: Jones.


Ballard (72) - Mason Murphy 0-2 1-3 1, Nic Edwards 0-2 1-2 1, Sam Petersen 1-3 0-0 3, Kade Reinertson 6-8 0-1 12, Ashton Hermann 8-15 0-0 19, Connor Drew 9-12 10-10 28, Jacob Ihle 2-3 2-2 8, Kale Krogh 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 26-46 14-18 72. 3-point field goals (6): Hermann 3, Ihle 2, Petersen. Rebounds (27): Drew 12. Assists (20): Murphy 5. Steals (5): Reinertson 2. Blocks (4): Drew 2, Krogh 2. Fouls: 17. Fouled out: Hermann.