On Friday night, both North Scott basketball teams had matchups against Muscatine, with the boys traveling to Muscatine High School. The Lancers controlled the tides early in the game and never looked back. Going into halftime with a 32-18 lead, it was clear that the Lancers had the capability to continue to roll through the final 2 quarters, winning with a final score of 51-34. Oliver Hughes had a nice game for the Lancers finishing with 17 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals.
The girls were in the pit against Muscatine in their last regular season home game of the season. The Lady Lancers got out to a great start through the first two quarters going into halftime with an 11 point lead. The third quarter saw the Lancers continue to extend their lead and cruise to a final score of 66-53. Lauren Golinghorst had a very big performance putting up 17 points and grabbing 9 rebounds in the win.
On Saturday, the boys wrestling team hosted districts with opportunities for many Lancers to punch a ticket to the state tournament. Seven other teams traveled to Eldridge on February 12th with many individuals hoping to have a chance to wrestle up to their bracket with a trip to state on the line. The Lancers had a phenomenal showing from all individuals which helped propel them to win the meet as a team, but most importantly, 11 wrestlers were able to qualify for the Lancers. Hayden Ulloa and Dylan Marti secured 2nd place finishes in their bracket, giving them a state berth. Ayden Golden, Cael Straley, Aydan Cary, Peyton Westlin, Seth Madden, Ryan Campbell, AJ Petersen, and David Borchers all placed first in their brackets. Trace Gephart had a huge weekend as he reached a career milestone of 100 wins in his semifinal match, and he followed it up with a first-place finish. These 11 wrestlers will look ahead to the state tournament beginning on Thursday. I will have a state recap for those Lancers in next week’s recap.
On Monday, the boys bowling team traveled to the Des Moines area for the regional meet. With a phenomenal team effort and showing, the team qualified for the state tournament in Class 2A. They will compete against the very best in Waterloo on February 22. After the state tournament, we will have a season recap from the bowling teams of North Scott.
Tuesday night saw the boys basketball team back in action against Davenport North for a very special Senior Night. Seniors Oliver Hughes, Cody Sunny, Caleb Engelkes, Eli Engelkes, Zachary Johnson, Sam Skarich, and Andrew Eichmier were all recognized and got to start off the game in the first quarter. The basketball team, many of the fans, and senior students in attendance were also wearing shirts to honor Jake Fenn, who would’ve been a senior this year. He loved basketball, and his memory has lived on through everyone’s hearts on the basketball team, the community, and all of the seniors at North Scott.
The Lancers struggled to get a groove going early on and were down 9-0, and after 2 quarters of play, they were trailing 40-28. The second half appeared to go a little better, and a late 4th quarter surge showed the Lancers close within 6 points late in the game. However, the Lancers couldn’t pull it all the way back and fell 64-55 to the Wildcats. The Lancers were led by senior Oliver Hughes who had a double-double with 13 points, 10 boards, and added on 3 assists. Senior Andrew Eichmer commented on what the special night meant to the seven seniors with it being their last game in the pit: “Us seniors are taking advantage of every opportunity we get [. . .] to be on the court together for one final time. [It] was nothing but surreal.” Andrew talked about how this senior class has felt like a family that will be parting ways very soon and finished by saying, “hopefully, we can keep this last dance going and make it into March.”
The Lady Lancers basketball team took on the Clinton River Queens in the first round of the playoffs on Wednesday night for the final game in the PIT this season. The Lancers struggled to get things going in the first quarter, but come the second quarter, the Lancers were off and running. With stellar play in the 2nd and 3rd quarter, the Lady Lancers coasted their way into the second round defeating Clinton 57-24. Kayla Fountain led the way, knocking down four 3-pointers in the winning effort. The team will be heading to Clear Creek-Amana on Saturday as they hope to advance further on the road to Des Moines.
The boys basketball team traveled to Davenport West for their final regular season game. It was another slow start for the Lancers as through the first two quarters, the Lancers trailed 35-17. The Lancers started to get a groove going later in the game, but it was not enough to hold off the Falcons, as the Lancers finished their last MAC game on the losing end 55-41. The Lancers finish the regular season with a 10-11 record and will travel to Linn Mar on Monday for a first round matchup.