ELK HORN – The Exira-EHK Spartans hosted the Glidden-Ralston Wildcats on Tuesday night.
The result was was a blowout victory for the Spartan girls, ranked seventh in the latest state Iowa Class 1A poll, 70-38, while the boys got back into the win column with a blowout of their own, 66-43.
The Spartans started the game fast, scoring fifteen straight points and forcing the Wildcats to use a timeout. Even after the timeout, EHK feasted on the defensive end and led 20-2 after the first quarter.
Glidden played much better to start the second quarter, not allowing a point in the first three minutes. Despite the effort, the Spartans offenses eventually came back and extended their lead to 33-12 after the 1st half.
After halftime, both offenses came out firing and running the score up to 40-21 midway through the third quarter. The Wildcats kept chipping at the lead and got to within 14, the closest they had been since they were down 15-0. Spartans went on a big run to end the quarter, capped off by a Shay Burmeister three at the buzzer, to go up 54-30.
Glidden started the fourth quarter on a 6-0 run to close the gap but EHK quickly put the game away and finished off Glidden-Ralston 70-38.
Glidden-Ralston goes to 5-5 on the year and will look to get back in the win column against Paton-Churdan on Friday. Gretchen Wallace led the Wildcats in scoring with 18 points while also adding multiple blocks.
Exira-EHK stays undefeated with an 12-0 record and will try to stay that way on Friday against Coon Rapids at Elk Horn. Spartans got big games from Macy Emgarten who had 23 points and Mollie Rasmussen with 19.
The Wildcats gained a quick advantage to start out, going up 11-2 in the first couple minutes. The Spartans responded with five quick points and stayed close at the end of the quarter 14-9.
The second quarter had both teams playing at a high pace and trying not to let the defense get set. Spartans thrived in this style of play and got their first lead with 1:43 remaining at 22-21. EHK extended their lead, getting four points in the final five seconds of the half to go up 26-21.
To start the second half, Cash Emgarten went on his own 7-0 run and pushed the lead to 33-21. The fast paced offenses continued as buckets were dropping for both teams. Spartans kept a double digit deficit but the Wildcats ended the quarter on a high note with a buzzer beating three by Carter Scott to cut the EHK lead to 49-35 going into the final frame.
Unfortunately for Glidden-Ralston, the lead grew even larger for EHK. Everything was dropping for the Spartans and they found themselves up 60-37 midway through the fourth quarter. Eventually the benches emptied and the Spartans cruised to a 66-43 win.
Glidden Ralston drops to 2-9 on the year and will try to gain some kind of momentum on Friday against Paton-Churdan. Carter Scott dropped 12 points for the Wildcats while Brigham Daniel added 10 more.
Exira-EHK gets back in the win column and now stands at 7-4 on the year. They will look to get another victory on Friday when they host Coon Rapids. Tyler Petersen led the Spartans with 23 points and Cash Emgarten dropped 15 to help with the win.