Ballard girls tame Wildcats, Tigers: Second-ranked Bombers build three-game lead in the RRC

Joe Randleman
Tri-County Times
Ballard's Cassidy Thompson puts up a shot in the third quarter during the No. 2 (4A) Bombers' 52-22 victory over Carlisle Saturday at Huxley.

HUXLEY – A little inconsistency on offense is not an issue for the second-ranked (Class 4A) Ballard girls’ basketball team. 

The Bombers turned in another stalwart defensive effort against Carlisle Saturday, hammering the Wildcats by a 52-22 score to stay perfect on the season. 

“We kind of pride ourselves on our defense, making sure that we always get stops and hold teams below their average,” Ballard senior guard Molly Ihle said. “I think that showed tonight.”  

The Bombers blanked Carlisle in the first quarter and held the Wildcats under nine points in each of the following three quarters. Carlisle only made seven field goals and shot 28 % from the field and the Wildcats turned the ball over 18 times. 

On offense Ballard shot 40 % from the field and made 11 3-pointers. The Bombers’ only rough stretch came in the third quarter when they were held to six points. 

“Our third quarter wasn’t our best quarter overall, but we’re starting to get there,” Anderson said. “We’re starting to hit our shots and we’re starting to get the ball inside and finish a little bit more in there.” 

The victory put Ballard at 15-0 overall and 12-0 in the Raccoon River Conference. It gave the Bombers a three-game lead in the conference championship race with six games remaining. 

“The main focus for us is making every single game important,” Ballard forward Josie Fleischmann said. “We don’t think ahead to the next game. We just focus on the game we have that day.” 

Fleischmann had 11 points and five steals against Carlisle. Ihle led the Bombers with 17 points after making 6 of 9 field goals and 4 of 6 3-pointers and adding four assists and three steals. 

Cassidy Thompson added nine points, six rebounds and one block. Brooke Loewe didn’t score after 16 points over the Bombers’ previous six games since returning from Christmas break, but she still made big contributions in handing out eight assists and pulling down six rebounds. 

Sophomore guard Lily Hillebrand helped pick up the scoring slack for Ballard with nine points off the bench. She made 3 of 5 3-pointers. 

“You’ve just got to be confident in your shot,” Hillebrand said. “I’ve just got to not think about it and shoot the ball.” 

Meg Rietz chipped in four points and three assists for Ballard. 

Ballard's Meg Rietz goes up for a shot against Carlisle's Amelia Sinclair during the Bombers' 52-22 victory over the Wildcats Saturday in Huxley.

Carlisle fell to 2-14 overall and 2-11 in the conference. Katie Keeney had 10 points and Sage Austin and Emma Pitts three apiece for the Wildcats. 

Ballard 52, Carlisle 22 

C     0     7    8     7 – 22 

B   13   16    6   17 – 52 

Carlisle (22) - Katie Keeney 2-3 5-8 10, Sage Austin 1-4 0-0 3, Emma Pitts 1-1 0-0 3, Kaliyah Freeman 1-1 0-0 2, Ally Nolte 1-1 0-0 2, Amelia Sinclair 1-4 0-0 2, Sydney Berg 0-2 0-0 0, Caylin Furnal 0-2 0-0 0, Madison Nolte 0-0 0-0 0, Isabelle Noring 0-4 0-0 0, Matison Olson 0-1 0-0 0, Cadence Sinclair 0-0 0-0 0, Sarah Wachal 0-0 0-0 0, Jill White 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 7-25 5-8 22. 3-point field goals (3): Keeney, Austin, Pitts. Fouls: 18. 

Ballard (52) - Brooke Loewe 0-7 0-0 0, Meg Rietz 2-7 0-0 4, Cassidy Thompson 3-3 2-6 9, Josie Fleischmann 4-9 0-0 11, Molly Ihle 6-9 1-1 17, Paityn Noe 0-0 0-0 0, Kylie Rigby 0-4 0-0 0, Lily Beall 0-1 0-0 0, Sydney Briggs 0-0 0-0 0, Paige Noe 0-1 0-0 0, Ashley Wuestenberg 1-1 0-0 2, Lily Hillebrand 3-6 0-0 9. Totals: 19-47 3-7 52. 3-point field goals (11): Ihle 4, Fleischmann 3, Hillebrand 3, Thompson. Rebounds (27): Loewe 6, Thompson 6. Assists (16): Loewe 8. Steals (9): Fleischmann 5. Blocks (1): Thompson. Fouls: 11. 

CARROLL - A big second half on offense helped Ballard complete a season sweep of Carroll Friday with a 60-28 victory over the Tigers. 

The Bombers outscored Carroll 39-15 over the final two quarters to improve to 14-0 on the season and 11-0 in the Raccoon River Conference. 

Ballard shot 47 % from the field and only turned the ball over six times. The Bombers forced 22 turnovers and held a 24-20 rebounding advantage. 

Brooke Loewe had 16 points, six assists and four steals and Meg Rietz 12 points, seven rebounds and two steals for Ballard. Josie Fleischmann added nine points, Molly Ihle eight points, four assists and four steals and Cassidy Thompson seven points and two rebounds.  

Kylie Rigby stepped up with eight points off the bench for Ballard. Ashley Wuestenberg added four rebounds and one assist. 

Carroll fell to 7-8 overall and 5-8 in the conference. Kennedy Lein had 10 points and five rebounds for the Tigers. 

Ballard 60, Carroll 28 

B    14   7   22   17 – 60 

C    11   2     9     6 – 28 

Ballard (60) - Brooke Loewe 8-16 0-0 16, Meg Rietz 3-5 5-5 12, Cassidy Thompson 3-5 0-2 7, Josie Fleischmann 2-5 4-4 9, Molly Ihle 3-9 1-4 8, Paityn Noe 0-0 0-0 0, Kylie Rigby 3-4 0-0 8, Lily Beall 0-0 0-0 0, Sydney Briggs 0-0 0-0 0, Paige Noe 0-0 0-0 0, Ashley Wuestenberg 0-2 0-0 0, Lily Hillebrand 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 22-47 10-15 60. 3-point field goals (6): Rigby 2, Rietz, Thompson, Fleischmann, Ihle. Rebounds (24): Rietz 7. Assists (15): Loewe 6. Steals (13): Loewe 4, Ihle 4. Blocks (2): Rietz, Briggs. Fouls: 6. 

Carroll (28) - Laura Sweeney 0-3 0-0 0, Camryn Schable 1-2 2-2 5, Kennedy Lein 4-12 1-2 9, Ella Collison 2-5 0-2 5, Gabrielle Hammer 2-3 0-0 5, Madison Tunning 0-0 0-0 0, Shayne Aschinger 0-1 0-0 0, Hannah Jorgensen 0-0 0-0 0, Shay Sinnard 1-2 0-0 3, Ava Gross 0-1 0-0 0, Kennedy Thein 0-0 0-0 0, Addison Klocke 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 10-29 3-8 28. 3-point field goals (5): Schable, Lein, Collison, Hammer, Sinnard. Rebounds (20): Sweeney 5, Lein 5. Assists (7): Collison 3. Steals (3): Lein 2. Blocks (1): Sweeney. Fouls: 11.