Bomber boys clobber No. 2 Carroll, 56-38: Ballard moves into tie for first in the RRC

Joe Randleman
Tri-County Times
Ballard's Jacob Ihle flips up a shot over Carlisle's Tyson Guard on a drive during the second quarter of the Bombers' 57-34 victory over the Wildcats Saturday at Huxley.

HUXLEY – The Ballard boys’ basketball team took full advantage of its bench to take down Carlisle, 57-34, Saturday. 

The Bombers, ranked fourth in Class 3A, were coming off a huge 56-38 win at No. 2 Carroll the night before. Only seven Bombers played in that game, so Ballard head coach Jeff Schertz focused on getting everyone involved against an overmatched Carlisle squad. 

Ballard started all seniors against Carroll. A total of 11 players saw time on the court Saturday and eight different Bombers scored against the Wildcats. 

“Playing back-to-back, the first game against Carroll our playing rotation was shrunk down,” Ballard head coach Jeff Schertz said. “We definitely wanted to expand that (Saturday) and we were able to. We’ve got a few seniors that started today that have played various roles throughout the year and those guys deserved the opportunity to get in the starting lineup and get out and compete from the opening tip.” 

Kade Miller took advantage his start to turn in another big game inside for Ballard. Miller went for 11 points and five rebounds against Carlisle. 

“I’m just doing what my teammates ask,” Miller said. “I’m trying to go out there and have fun with everybody and do my part.” 

Sam Petersen had four rebounds and Kyler Watson one assist as the other senior bench players to get the start on Saturday.  

Mason Murphy and Connor Drew are regular senior starters for Ballard. Murphy had six points and two assists and Drew was the go-to source on Saturday, finishing with a game-high 20 points on 8 of 11 shooting and adding nine rebounds and two blocks. 

“The guys are giving me the ball,” Drew said. “I can’t give enough credit to them – they do all the work.” 

Regular starter Kale Krogh had nine points and three rebounds off the bench. Jacob Ihle stepped up with four points and rebounds apiece and he added three steals. 

Ballard's Isaiah Peasley pulls down a rebound during the second half of the No. 4 (3A) Bombers' 57-34 victory over Carlisle Saturday at Huxley.

The victory put the Bombers at 11-1 in the Raccoon River Conference to tie them with Carroll for first place in the conference. Ballard improved to 13-1 overall. 

Carlisle dropped to 2-11 in the RRC and 2-14 overall. Cole Osterhaus scored nine points and Ryan Petersen added seven for the Wildcats. 

Ballard 57, Carlisle 34 

C      8     3     9   14 – 34 

B    13   21     9   14 – 57 

Carlisle (34) - Tyson Guard 2 0-0 4, Cole Osterhaus 3 2-2 9, Jacob Imhoff 1 0-1 2, Carter Prenosil 0 0-0 0, Isaac Comito 0 0-0 0, Karson Dunn 1 0-2 2, Cejay Whisler 1 0-0 2, Ryan Petersen 3 1-2 7, Max Mitchell 2 0-0 4, Wyatt Sobieszkoda 2 0-1 4. 15 3-5 34. 3-point field goals (1): Osterhaus. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: Dunn.  

Ballard (57) - Mason Murphy 2-8 1-2 6, Sam Petersen 0-4 0-0 0, Kyle Watson 0-3 0-0 0, Kade Miller 4-5 3-5 11, Connor Drew 8-11 4-6 20, Alex Upah 0-0 0-0 0, Colby Calvert 0-1 2-2 2, Isaiah Peasley 1-5 0-0 3, Ashton Hermann 1-6 0-0 2, Jacob Ihle 0-2 4-4 4, Kale Krogh 4-5 1-3 9. Totals: 20-50 15-22 57. 3-point field goals (2): Murphy, Peasley. Rebounds (29): Drew 9. Assists (11): Murphy 2, Peasley 2, Ihle 2. Steals (9): Drew 2. Blocks (2): Drew 2. Fouls: 15. 

CARROLL - This time there was no letting one get away when No. 4 Ballard took on No. 2 Carroll in a showdown between the top two teams in the Raccoon River Conference Friday. 

A big second quarter spurt ignited an impressive 56-38 Ballard victory. 

“Probably one of the most exciting wins I’ve had in a long time,” Ballard senior forward Connor Drew said. “The crowd was really there last night – that was a lot of fun.” 

Ballard avenged a 59-58 overtime loss to the Tigers on Dec. 18 at Huxley. The Bombers were in control most of that contest, they but were outscored 22-12 in the fourth quarter and overtime. 

This time their defense did the job after a slow start. Carroll led 16-10 after one quarter, but Ballard outscored the Tigers 21-4 in the second quarter and never let Carroll get back in the game. 

“We’ve been getting better as the year has gone on,” Ballard head coach Jeff Schertz said. “These guys are experienced. They’ve played in some big games in basketball and also in some other sports. We’ve got some guys that are always in ‘winning time’ situations.” 

The Bombers held the Tigers to 4 of 23 shooting from 3-point range and just 31 % shooting overall from the field. They also forced 18 turnovers and posted a 34-20 rebounding advantage. 

“We just played hard-nosed defense,” Drew said. “When we had our opportunities to score we’d go score.” 

Ballard shot 44 % from the field and made 7 of 9 free throws. 

Ashton Hermann led Ballard with 16 points and four steals. Drew posted a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds and Mason Murphy had 10 points and four assists and steals apiece. 

Isaiah Peasley hit three 3-pointers and scored nine points for Ballard. Kale Krogh added six points and rebounds apiece plus three blocks, Jacob Ihle tacked on four points and rebounds apiece off the bench and Sam Petersen finished with six rebounds and three steals. 

The win put Ballard at 10-1 in the RRC and 12-1 overall. Carroll dropped to 11-1 and 12-2 respectively. 

Tony Feldman led Carroll with 13 points and eight rebounds. Kaleb Booth added seven points and three assists for the Tigers. 

Ballard 56, Carroll 38 

B    10   21    9   16 – 56 

C    16     4    6   12 – 38 

Ballard (56) - Mason Murphy 5-13 0-0 10, Isaiah Peasley 3-6 0-0 9, Ashton Hermann 7-13 2-3 16, Connor Drew 3-9 5-6 11, Kale Krogh 3-4 0-0 6, Sam Petersen 0-1 0-0 0, Jacob Ihle 2-4 0-0 4. Totals: 23-52 7-9 56. 3-point field goals (3): Peasley 3. Rebounds (34): Drew 13. Assists (15): Murphy 5. Steals (10): Hermann 4. Blocks (5): Krogh 3. Fouls: 15. 

Carroll (38) - Kaleb Booth 3-12 0-0 7, Nick Macke 0-2 0-0 0, Colby Christensen 2-11 0-0 5, Tory Feldman 4-10 3-5 13, Treyton Goins 3-6 1-2 7, Kelin Jones 2-4 2-2 6, Logan Fricke 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 14-45 6-9 38. 3-point field goals (4): Feldman 2, Booth, Christensen. Rebounds (20): Feldman 8. Assists (7): Booth 3. Steals (6): Jones 2. Blocks (4): Feldman 2. Fouls: 15.