CIML basketball: Boys and girls weekend preview

CIML basketball: Boys and girls weekend preview


CIML basketball: Boys and girls weekend preview



For Metro teams, all Friday games count as conference games.

For Central Iowa teams, all Friday games count as divisional and conference games.

Top scorers: Players who have netted 20 or more points in a game this season

GIRLS All games at 6:15 p.m.

No. 4 Waukee (13-0, 5-0) at No. 10 Ankeny Centennial (4-11, 1-6)

The Jaguars have been up and back down since losing at Waukee on Dec. 13, but beating Mason City by 15 on Tuesday should provide some momentum for their home rematch. The Warriors played their closest game of the season on Tuesday, and the road doesnt get any easier with a Saturday game at No. 8 Cedar Rapids Washington and next Tuesday at Valley.

No. 2 Valley (17-0, 7-0) at No. 3 Dowling Catholic (14-1, 6-0)

Dowlings gym should be packed for this one, and the Registers John Naughton will be in attendance as West Des Moines hosts Fridays marquee girls game. Valley won at home on Dec. 13 with 24 points from Madi Agey, outscoring the Maroons in every quarter. The Maroons have won 11 straight games since and have yet to allow another team to score 60 points against their defense.

Lincoln (2-14, 2-7) at Hoover (7-9, 6-3)

The Huskies snapped a three-game skid on Tuesday with a season-high in scoring by sophomore Nyachristmas Puok. Hoover won the meeting at Lincoln before break by 25 points, but the Rails are coming off their second victory of the season against North.

Ottumwa (4-10, 4-4) at Indianola (9-6, 6-2)

Playing Thursday night and alternating wins and losses since winter break, Ottumwas depth will be tested by an Indianola team desperate for a win. The Indians have lost four of their last five and had a week to prepare.

Urbandale (4-11, 2-5) at Johnston (10-7, 3-4)

The J-Hawks scored a season-low 20 points in their Dec. 13 loss to Johnston, but have won two out of three and got 21 points from sophomore Kennedy Kracht on Tuesday. The Dragons have lost at Valley and Southeast Polk in the last seven days and will be hungry to repeat their early dominant win.

Fort Dodge (7-9, 1-6) at Marshalltown (3-14, 0-7)

Both teams lost by 30-plus points in West Des Moines on Tuesday will hopefully be more competitive than their 60-25 game (which Fort Dodge won) on Dec. 13.

Ames (8-7, 2-5) at Mason City (11-4, 3-3)

Mason City handed Ames its only loss before winter break and these Northern Division powers are playing for a quality win on their resume. Myah Mellman led the Mohawks with 23 points and 12 rebounds in the first meeting.

Roosevelt (3-13, 3-6) at North (0-16, 0-8)

Meredith Burkhall predictably dominated Roosevelts home win against the Polar Bears with 28 points on just 16 shots and 10 rebounds.


BOYS All games at 7:45 p.m.

No. 7 Waukee (11-2, 5-0 CIC) at No. 8 Ankeny Centennial (12-2, 7-0)

Only Centennial lived up to the hype in the first game, shooting 68 percent at Waukee as part of its 11-0 start. Fortunes have changed since then, but neither team has dropped a conference game and the Warriors shot 62 percent on Tuesday. If posts Nate Gehring, Michael Jacobson and Anthony Nelson can stay involved, Waukee could rattle the Central Iowa Conference race.

Valley (11-5, 5-2) at Dowling Catholic (8-7, 3-3)

This matchup can be a dessert for the girls game, providing it is sweet. The offenses have shown potential, as Dowling scored 86 and Valley scored 78 in Tuesday victories, but the Maroons 50-36 win on Dec. 13 was a grinder. Dowlings Jack Green and Valleys Turner Scott had huge contributions on Tuesday Green scored 30 and Scott had 26.

Lincoln (6-8, 4-5 Metro) at Hoover (9-7, 7-2)

Ottumwa was the latest win for both these teams, which means the defenses are due for a step up in challenges. Nate Lee got involved for the Huskies on Tuesday, as 17 points provided scoring relief for Chris King. Sabonis Smith had 45 points in his last two games for the Rails.

Ottumwa (1-13, 1-7) at Indianola (4-9, 3-5)

Replicating their Dec. 20 win against Indianola would be a monumental feat for the Bulldogs. They scored just 80 points in three consecutive games (Valley, Lincoln, Hoover) last week and hosted Keokuk on Thursday night. The Indians have won three out of four and had a week off.

Urbandale (6-8, 3-4) at No. 10 Johnston (12-3, 5-2)

Jay Knuth is rounding back into form as one of the CIMLs best. Johnston beating Valley, Hoover and Southeast Polk consecutively on the road is no fluke, and Knuth scored 73 points in those games. The J-Hawks beat Ankeny by 25 on Tuesday for one of the top victories of the season, getting Mason Walter, Brody Egger and Allen Lazard into double digits scoring.

Fort Dodge (8-6, 3-4) at Marshalltown (3-12, 0-6)

A lack of height is starting to hurt Fort Dodges shot selection, but it will catch a break with the Bobcats. Marshalltown has lost six straight and is hurt on the glass too by taking 20.5 3-pointers per game. Four Dodgers collected at least five rebounds in their Dec. 13 win against the Bobcats.

Ames (6-9, 2-5) at Mason City (4-10, 0-6)

A slow start doomed the Little Cyclones to play catch-up with Waukee on Tuesday, but the improved impact of Javan White and Spencer Shane has kept them on top of the Northern Division. Mason City has already eclipsed last seasons win total and owns a divisional win.

Roosevelt (9-5, 6-3) at No. 6 North (13-1, 8-0)

What to make of the Roughriders recent form? Scraping by three teams with five combined CIML victories doesnt inspire confidence, but role players like Jamel Carter and Rakim Tullis are clearly getting more comfortable making an impact. Itll need to be a big impact to upset North, which is averaging 71.6 points per game since returning from winter break.


Ames and Marshalltown doubleheader is a makeup from Dec. 20. Counts as Northern Division game, but not Central Iowa Conference game.

Ankeny and Southeast Polk doubleheader counts as divisional and conference game.


1:30Ames at Marshalltown

3:30Hoover at No. 4 Perry (14-2)

3:30Roosevelt at Urbandale

4:30Ankeny (4-11, 1-6) at No. 9 Southeast Polk (11-5, 5-2)

6:30No. 4 Waukee at No. 8 Cedar Rapids Washington (13-3)


3:00East (2-12) at No. 10 Fort Madison (11-1)

3:00Ames at Marshalltown

5:00Roosevelt at Urbandale

6:00Ankeny (3-12, 1-6) at No. 4 Southeast Polk (13-2, 6-1)


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