Many area high school basketball games set for Friday were played Thursday.
WACO 60, West Burlington 44
The Warriors boys team kept their record unblemished with a Southeast Iowa Super Conference South Division victory Thursday at West Burlington.
The home team led 12-10 after the first quarter but trailed 30-26 at halftime. It was still a five-point game after the third quarter at 44-39, but a 16-5 final quarter led to the decisive win.
Balanced scoring vaulted WACO to the win. Gabe Reichenbach and Nik Coble netted 14 points apiece. Pietro Vannini came off the bench to account for 13 points. Braden Hammond (nine points) and Drew Kissell (seven) combined to score 16 points. Elijah McGowan scored three. Hammond was 3-of-6 from 3-point range for his total while Reichenbach went 2-for-2 from deep.
The Warriors’ unselfishness led to a productive offense. There were 17 assists on 19 made field goals. Kissell, McGohan, Vannini and Coble all had four assists apiece.
Coble rounded up 18 caroms, getting 12 defensive rebounds and six offensive. Reichenbach had two blocks.
The Warriors are 12-0 overall and 8-0 in the South.
Mid-Prairie 64, West Liberty 35
The Golden Hawks claimed the River Valley Conference victory by racing out to a 22-7 lead in the first quarter.
Brad Tornow ignited the Mid-Prairie offense with nine assists, four points, six rebounds and six steals. Luke Boyse had four assists and two steals.
Carter Harmsen led the Hawks with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting while Jacob Nonnenmann went 3-of-5 on 3-pointers on his way to 11 points. Chris Miller was 4-of-8 from the field, finishing with nine points.
Aidan Rath totaled seven points, five rebounds and five blocks in the win. Ethan Trimpe had seven rebounds.
Mid-Prairie improved to 3-7, 3-6.
Highland 55, Mediapolis 46
The Huskies won their ninth game in a row with the SEISC North victory at Mediapolis and now sport a record of 12-1 overall, 9-1 North.
It was a close game throughout with Highland leading after each quarter — 19-14, 29-22, 41-35.
Cole Adamson (20) and Zack Lasek (18) combined for 38 of the Huskies’ points. Mason McFarland added nine, Bill Laughlin six and Derrick Sandburg two. Adamson was 4-of-9 on 3-pointers.
Lasek had 14 rebounds and McFarland six.
McLaughlin and Sandburg had four assists each. McFarland and Adamson swiped three steals each.
Columbus 68, Pekin 38
The home team in this SEISC North game jumped out to a 23-8 lead after one quarter and 38-18 at halftime.
Nick Tshudy went 6-of-12 from the field and 4-for-10 from deep to lead the winning effort with 16 points. Brady Millikin dished out 10 assists and scored seven points. Brock Long scored 10 points and Brayden Sobaski had 11. Kennan Winn cleared the boards for eight rebounds while Sobaski had seven, Dayne Eckley six and Millikin five.
Pekin is 8-3, 8-1.
Columbus still is looking for its first win, but saw some improvement from an earlier loss, 78-18, to the Panthers.
Eric Valdez poured in a game-high 19 points for the Wildcats. Brody Frost had six rebounds.
West Liberty 39, Mid-Prairie 33
The home team won the RVC girls contest to sweep the Golden Hawks after a 63-61 win at Mid-Prairie in the second game of the season.
The Golden Hawks had a slow start falling behind 14-2 by the end of the first quarter but responded with a shutout in the second quarter for a 14-8 halftime deficit. The second half was a 25-25 score.
Myah Lugar produced 16 points, six rebounds and two steals while Mid-Prairie teammate Maddie Nonnenmann scored seven points and grabbed nine rebounds with two assists. Amara Jones doled out six assists, brought down six rebounds and pilfered three steals.
Mid-Prairie is 4-7, 3-7.
Pekin 51, Columbus 31
These two teams nearly matched the score from the first time they played, a 55-22 Pekin win at Columbus. The Panthers won again against their SEISC North foe, gradually pulling away from the visitors. Pekin led 11-9 after the first quarter, then 25-17 after two and 39-25 after three.
Sophie Wittrock went 5-for-9 including 3-for-4 from deep to lead Pekin with 15 points. Emilee Linder went 5-for-8, 2-for-3 on treys, in scoring 12 points. Sarah Eubanks poured in 13 points on 6-for-8 field goals off the bench.
Wittrock also handed out three assists as did Gracie Baetsle. Erika Coleman had eight rebounds and Eubanks six.
Pekin is 8-3, 7-3.
Columbus stats were not made available.
Mediapolis 73, Highland 31
Alyssa Brase and Kayla Cerny each scored eight points in the SEISC North home loss.
Dani Laughlin added seven points while Brase had four rebounds. Haley Sweeting produced six rebounds and five assists. Abby Stransky had eight rebounds.
Highland is 4-12, 2-9.
West Burlington 75, WACO 31
In a SEISC South game at West Burlington, the Warriors record fell to 2-11, 1-9.
WACO stats were not made available.