New London girls sweep weekend gamesTiger boys routed in conference contests against Cardinal and No. 6 Van Buren
The New London basketball teams took on Cardinal and Van Buren this weekend. The girls’ team won both games, improving to 9-6 on the season and 8-4 in the Southeast Iowa Super Conference South Division with a 68-60 victory over Cardinal and a 60-54 triumph over Van Buren.
The New London boys’ team didn’t fare as well, falling to Cardinal, 73-49, and Class 1A No. 6 Van Buren, 75-31.
The Tigers fall to 4-10 on the season and 3-9 in the conference with the losses.
In the boys’ game at Cardinal, the Tigers fell behind early and went into the break trailing 30-18.
After a nine-point third quarter, New London posted 22 points in the final eight minutes, but it still wasn’t enough — Cardinal added 25 to its score in the fourth quarter to further stretch its lead on the way to the win.
Quincy Porter had a team-high 13 points and Hunter Moeller scored 10.
Cameron Watson and Tristan Kadel grabbed five rebounds each.
Kadel dished out four assists and Jayden Flowers had three steals. Blake Nehring blocked a shot.
Against Van Buren, the Tigers never scored more than 14 points in a quarter and couldn’t hold the ranked Warriors to less than 15 in a quarter.
Mitch Boles paced New London in the game with nine points and Kadel had four rebounds and two assists.
Kadel and Austin McBeth had two steals apiece. Watson and Tyler Stevenson each blocked a shot.
In the girls’ Saturday game against Van Buren, the Tigers had a one-point lead, 28-27, heading into halftime.
The Warriors came out fighting in the second half, however, posting a 20-point third quarter to gain an eight-point advantage over New London.
The Tigers wouldn’t give up, clawing their way back in the last eight minutes of the game as they outscored Van Buren 21-7 to regain the lead and claim the victory.
Frankie Johnson paced New London with 16 points and Addie Lounsbury added 13. Victoria Noel scored 11 points for the Tigers.
Morgan Christner had a team-high 15 rebounds.
Noel had five assists and Sami Koontz dished out four. Christner and Koontz had one steal each, and Christner blocked a shot.
Against Cardinal, the Tigers led 31-25 at halftime and outscored their hosts by one point in each of the last two quarters to maintain the edge and seal the win.
Noel scored 22 points in the game, one of three Tigers in double figures. Christner scored 15 and Koontz scored 14. Lounsbury added nine points.
Christner again led the Tigers on the boards, pulling down 21 rebounds. Noel grabbed 10 as both Tiger players finished with a double-double.
Koontz dished out four assists. Christner had three steals and a block.
The Tigers are back on the court tonight (Tuesday) when they host and SEISC South doubleheader against Danville.
Tipoff for the girls’ game is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the boys game to follow.