Courier sports staff
NEW SHARON —
Just 22 days removed from a dominant 70-37 regular-season win over Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, 13th-ranked North Mahaska got a much tougher challenge from the co-South Central Conference champs Tuesday night.
In the end, the Warhawks made enough key shots to advance in their first postseason game since winning the program’s first state championship. The defending Class 1A kingpins began Class 2A, Region 6 play with a 58-49 win over the Rockets.
In her final game of her prep career, EBF senior Makenzie Jensen went out in style. Jensen led the Rockets with a 16-point, 14-rebound double-double. Junior Tasha Alexander added 11 points, eight boards, four assists and three steals for EBF.
Senior Mallory Boyle led the Warhawks to the tougher win over EBF, scoring a game-best 19 points while grabbing seven rebounds and leading the Warhawk defense with five steals. Makayla Ihde added 11 points, including a key 3-pointer with just over two minutes remaining in regulation after EBF pulled within 48-43.
EBF wraps up a conference-championship winning season with an overall 15-8 record under head coach Tony Fenton. The Rockets will look to make up for the loss of six seniors, but do return Alexander who led EBF with 14.9 points a game.
No. 13 North Mahaska, meanwhile, will remain home for the Class 2A, Region 6 semifinals on Friday night. The Warhawks face 17-5 Pella Christian at 7 p.m.
Class 2A Region 6 Quarterfinals
No. 13 North Mahaska 58, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 49
EBF 13 13 11 12 — 49
N.M 13 14 17 14 — 58
EBF (49) — Makenzie Jensen 16, Tasha Alexander 11, Shuynl Busch 6, Shelby Allgood 6, Jarrah Jensen 5, Karlie Taylor 2, Paige Reck 2, Emma Tanner 1. Totals 19-63 3-6 49.
3-point goals — 8-31 (Alexander 3-11). Rebounds — 40 (M. Jensen 13, Alexander 9, Taylor 8). Assists — 16 (Alexander 7). Steals — 9 (Alexander 3). Blocks — 2 (M. Jensen, Taylor). Total fouls — 20. Turnovers — 17.
N.M. (58) — Mallory Boyle 19, Makalaya Ihde 11, Abbie Agan 9, Mackayla Hayes 8, Julie Groeneboom 5, Sarah Bowen 4, Hayley LaRue 2. Totals 19-46 14-25 58.
3-point goals — 6-25 (Ihde 3). Rebounds — 29 (Boyle 6).
Pella Christian ends season for Van Buren
PELLA – Hannah Haynes bounced back from a season-low scoring effort to lead Van Buren on Tuesday night against Pella Christian. Haynes, a 1,000-point career scorer and school record holder for career blocks, scored 17 points in her final game for the Warriors as the Eagles pulled away late for a 51-33 Class 2A, Region 6 quarterfinal win Tuesday.
Kaitlyn Johnson added eight points for the Warriors while seniors Jordan Billups and Payten Hughes each scored four. Haynes, Billups, Hughes and Sarah Wells are the four departing seniors for Matt Zeitler’s squad, which finished the season with a 17-6 overall record.
Pella Christian got a balanced scoring attack with three players in double figures, led by senior Cori Uitermarkt’s 15-point effort. The Little Hawkeye Conference champs advance to face South Iowa Cedar League and defending 1A state champ No. 13 North Mahaska in the regional semifinals Friday night in New Sharon at 7 p.m.