NEW SHARON – North Mahaska finally had all of the pieces to its basketball team together Friday. Players, coaches and game plan all came together following bouts with COVID. The Warhawks are ranked 14th and was facing Keota, which had just two wins coming into the contest. North Mahaska used quickness, physicality and sharpshooting to win 77-23.
North Mahaska rained in 13 long-range shots and powered their way to a 30-3 halftime lead and built it to 48-8 by halftime.
Junior Addie Schilling led NM in scoring with 25 points including six treys. She grabbed six rebounds and doled out five assists. Junior Kaitlyn VanDonselaar also hit six 3-pointers and finished with 18 points, five steals and three assists. Another junior Layla Hargis finished with 12 points, 15 rebounds, three steals, three assists and a blocked shot.
“Everyone in the game scored,” said NM coach L.E. Moore. “We had a good win at Iowa Valley and we finally had everyone back. We got the lead and sometimes had breakdowns. This is a physical league and you cannot take a possession off.”
Senior Bailey Sieren, who finished with a team-high six points, earned half of those on the only score in the first quarter for Keota. Junior Taylor Kindred scored five points.
North Mahaska has a road game at English Valleys Tuesday then hosts Belle Plaine Friday.
The Eagles host HLV Tuesday then go to ninth-ranked Montezuma on Friday.