Spartans edge Bolts, whip Wolverines

Joe Randleman Staff Writer
Collins-Maxwell’s Alexis Houge goes up for a shot over GMG’s Mable Dieleman during the first half of the Spartans’ 56-36 victory over the Wolverines Dec. 4 at Maxwell.

BAXTER — Aggressive play and strong perimeter defense helped the Collins-Maxwell girls’ basketball team edge rival Baxter, 44-40, Friday at Baxter.

The Spartans had 15 steals and went 15 of 24 from the foul line, winning their second in a row to improve to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the Iowa Star Conference South Division.

Collins-Maxwell held Baxter to just 4 of 20 shooting from 3-point range. That helped the Spartans overcome their own struggles from outside (1 of 14) and a 40-34 rebounding deficit.

Reagan Franzen posted a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds, and she added two assists for Collins-Maxwell in the win. All of Franzen’s scoring came from the foul line as she finished 11 of 12 from the charity stripe.

Gracie Cheville scored 10 points, Mikayla Houge was strong all around with five points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals and Mikayla Markley tacked on five points and rebounds apiece for Collins-Maxwell. Josie Wierson had four points, four steals, three blocks and two assists and Alexis Houge and Kenzie Wierson chipped in four points apiece.

Baxter fell to 0-6 overall and 0-3 in the conference. Holly Jessen had 11 points and McKenzie Eslinger seven points and 11 rebounds for the Bolts.

Collins-Maxwell 44, Baxter 40

CM 10 7 14 13 - 44

B 8 9 6 17 - 40

Collins-Maxwell (44) - Emma Kahler 0-3 0-0 0, Gracie Cheville 5-13 0-0 10, Trinity Stover 0-2 1-2 1, Josie Wierson 2-5 0-2 4, Mikayla Markley 2-6 0-2 5, Shasta Moody 0-0 0-0 0, Mikayla Houge 2-11 1-4 5, Alexis Houge 1-7 2-2 4, Kenzie Wierson 2-3 0-0 4, Reagan Franzen 0-2 11-12 11. Totals: 14-52 15-24 44. 3-point field goals (1): Markley. Rebounds (34): Franzen 10. Assists (13): M. Houge 5. Steals (15): M. Houge 5. Blocks (3): Wierson 3. Fouls: 17.

Baxter (40) - Caitlyn Bruntz 2-6 2-2 7, Brenna Thomson 1-4 0-0 3, McKenzie Eslinger 3-6 1-2 7, Holly Jessen 4-13 1-2 11, Lillie Vansice 0-1 0-0 0, Cassy Berg 0-0 0-0 0, Sydney Schmidt 0-5 0-0 0, Sophie Meyer 1-4 1-3 3, Kaylin Van Ryswyk 2-5 1-2 5, Sadie Meyer 1-3 2-4 4. Totals: 14-47 8-15 40. 3-point field goals (4): Jessen 2, Bruntz, Thomson. Rebounds (40): Eslinger 11. Assists (11): Thomson 4. Steals (8): Schmidt 3. Blocks (3): Meyer 2. Fouls: 20.

MAXWELL — Collins-Maxwell is hoping a 56-36 home win over GMG Dec. 4 is the start of a big winning streak.

Last year the Spartans reeled off seven straight wins after a 2-3 start, on their way to finishing 18-5. They are hoping the victory over GMG will ignite a similar result.

“We really wanted to get a win tonight because we were 2-3 going into this game,” Collins-Maxwell point guard Mikayla Houge said. “We knew it was one we could get. We kind of were in this place last year at this time and we went on a good winning streak, so we really wanted to get this win tonight to kind of get some motivation going forward.”

Collins-Maxwell turned up the pressure in the game. The third quarter was the key for the Spartans.

Leading 25-17 at the half, Collins-Maxwell went on a 13-4 run in the third quarter to break the game open. With athletic and lengthy Josie Wierson directing things from the high post, the Spartans gave GMG constant headaches in the third quarter.

“For defense, I had to watch the high post and kind of watch the flash up there and ready their eyes as coach (Justin Flaws) always says,” Wierson said. “That really helped because we got a lot of steals off passes coming from behind.”

After going scoreless in the first half, Wierson sparked Collins-Maxwell with seven points on perfect 3-of-3 shooting from the field over the final two quarters. She also had two steals and a block defensively.

“I had two or three fouls, I think, in the first quarter, so I sat most of (the half),” Wierson said. “So coming in I kind of wanted to beat up on them I guess, but not get called. So I really tried to get in there and help my team offensively.”

Houge helped Collins-Maxwell close out the win by making 6 of 7 free throws and scoring 12 of her game-high 19 points in the final quarter.

“I really wanted to focus on free throws tonight because last game I struggled a little bit,” Houge said. “I know it comes down to free throws and coach said we need to shoot more free throws there at the end, so I just did my best to get to the line for my team.”

Houge also tallied seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.

The win put Collins-Maxwell at 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the Iowa Star Conference South Division.

Reagan Franzen added a double-double for the Spartans with 12 points and 10 rebounds and she also finished with five steals and three assists. Mikayla Markley netted eight points, Gracie Cheville put up four points and six assists and Alexis Houge chipped in two points, five assists and four steals.

GMG suffered its first loss, dropping to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference. Kelsey Vaverka scored 10 points and Madison Krull and Zoe Duncan six apiece for the Wolverines against the Spartans.

Collins-Maxwell 56, GMG 36

GMG 6 11 6 13 - 36

CM 14 11 13 18- 56

GMG (36) - Madison Krull 2 0-0 6, Zoe Duncan 3 0-0 6, Mable Dieleman 1 0-0 3, Belle Duncan 2 0-2 5, Tory Novotny 1 0-0 2, Emily Vaughn 0 0-0 0, Kelsey Vaverka 4 1-2 10, Jordan Yilek 2 0-2 4. Totals: 15 1-6 36. 3-point field goals (5): Krull 2, Dieleman, B. Duncan, Vaverka.

Collins-Maxwell (56) - Emma Kahler 2-7 0-0 4, Gracie Cheville 2-6 0-0 4, Trinity Stover 0-1 0-0 0, Josie Wierson 3-3 1-1 7, Mikayla Markley 3-6 1-1 8, Shasta Moody 0-1 0-0 0, Mikayla Houge 6-11 7-9 19, Alexis Houge 1-5 0-0 2, Kenzi Wierson 0-1 0-0 0, Avery Fricke 0-0 0-0 0, Reagan Franzen 4-10 4-7 12. Totals: 21-51 13-18 56. 3-point field goals (1): Markley. Rebounds (36): Franzen 12. Assists (20): Cheville 6. Steals (16): Franzen 5. Blocks (1): Wierson. Fouls: 10.