Wildcats knock off Starmont, West Delaware


Girls basketball

     Maquoketa Valley scored two wins on back-to-back nights in recent action.

     The Wildcats (5-2, 13-3) played host to Starmont Jan. 12, and scored a 68-22 victory. MV left little doubt about the game from the start, jumping to a 21-6 lead by the end of the first quarter and 45-13 at halftime.

     “I really felt we shared the ball well,” Maquoketa Valley coach Scot Moenck said. “We’re doing a good job of making the extra pass to the open person.”

     Brianna Mensen led the Wildcats with 19 points, nine rebounds, five assists and five steals. Olivia Hoeger came off the bench to score 13 points, shooting 5-for-5 from the field; Gracie Gellersen had 12 and Sam Wall added nine.

     On Saturday, Jan. 14, the Wildcats faced neighboring rival West Delaware in Manchester, and won 68-57. Mensen shot 13-for-16 from the field and totaled 30 points and four steals. Wall had 15 points, Payton Ries had nine and Gellersen added eight. Abby Holtz made nine assists.

     “This was a great environment for our girls to play in,” Moenck said. “Both teams had very nice crowds, and both teams really got after it. Again, I thought we really did a nice job of moving the ball and making the extra pass to the open teammate.”


Boys basketball

     Maquoketa Valley played at West Delaware of Manchester Jan. 14, and suffered a 63-39 loss. The Hawks outscored MV in each of the four quarters to gradually pull away.

     Tyson Tucker scored nine points and Garrett Hogan added eight for the ‘Cats. Jake Bonert had seven rebounds, while Trevor Elgin, Heath Gibbs and Hogan had five apiece. Bonert also blocked two shots.

     On Jan. 20, the Wildcats (3-3, 5-8) played host to Tri-Rivers Conference opponent Calamus-Wheatland, and lost 68-56. Tucker and Bonert scored 12 points apiece, and Hogan added nine. Bonert also grabbed nine rebounds. Elgin made three steals.



     Maquoketa Valley scored 109.5 points and finished fifth among 13 teams at the Cascade Tournament Saturday, Jan. 14. Western Dubuque won the team title with 213.5 points, Mount Vernon was second with 161, DeWitt Central was third with 125, and Dubuque Wahlert took fourth with 115.5.

     The Wildcats had four finalists. Mitch Smith won the championship at 160 pounds, pinning Ryan Schott of Iowa City Regina in 5:26.

     Finishing second were Zach Cornell at 152 pounds, Alec McDowell at 182 and Eric Heims at 220. Chance Downs was third at 145, and Cole Kruse placed fourth at 195.

     “All six wrestlers competing placed in the top four in a very tough tournament,” Maquoketa Valley coach Tim Andrews said. “I was happy to see Mitch get his first championship and the other guys respond well to awesome competition.”

     On Jan. 19, MV wrestled in a double dual meet at East Buchanan, and split two matches. The Wildcats (27-4 in duals) lost to Lisbon 60-12, and then defeated East Buchanan 49-18.

     McDowell and Cole Kruse both went 2-0 for the ‘Cats, McDowell with a pin and an injury default win, and Kruse with a pin and a forfeit victory. In the EB match, Canyon Richardson and Heims scored pins, Cornell won by major decision and Norman Wilson won by decision.

     Maquoketa Valley thus finished the Tri-Rivers Conference regular season schedule second to top-ranked Lisbon in the conference.

     “The guys really responded after dropping the first dual to Lisbon,” Andrews said. “A large part of our record is due to the guys buying in and working hard every single day.”



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