The Le Mars basketball teams swept their MRAC matchups with Sioux City North on Friday night.
The ninth-ranked Bulldog girls won their matchup with North by a convincing 61-31 margin. The Bulldogs dominated the start of the game with a persistent defense that was turned into quick baskets the other way. Head coach Sidney Baumgartner says it took the whole team to be locked into hard work on both ends.
The Bulldogs got up 22 points to end the half and were able to cruise through the rest of the game. The Bulldogs were even able to empty their bench to get everyone involved in the win. Coach Baumgartner says it was even better that they were able to come in and continue to have success like the starters did.
Le Mars now sits at 4-1 in the MRAC heading into the holiday break. Coach Baumgartner says the Bulldogs will continue to work on their ball movement, so they are versatile whether they need to pass out of a defense or dribble out.
After a loss the next night to Dakota Valley, the Bulldogs will take a 7-2 record into the 2024 portion of their season. Metta Skov led the Bulldogs with 15 points.
The Le Mars boys broke out of their five-game losing streak with a 71-60 victory over Sioux City North on Friday night.
The Bulldogs dealt with a North team that fired 60% of their shots from the three-point arch and got a decent amount to go in. Head coach Cody Dyhrkopp says that posed an issue for the Bulldogs that they were able to work out of later in the game.
Once the Bulldogs got both ends figured out, they were on the right track as they outscored the Stars 29-16 in the fourth quarter alone. Le Mars entered the fourth down five points and with the way things have gone could have mailed it in for the final quarter. Coach Dyhrkopp says the guys did not do that and were rewarded with their first win in quite a while.
Le Mars improved to 1-4 in the MRAC with the win, and Coach Dyhrkopp says he is making sure the guys enjoy the win, so it fuels them to continue to improve and achieve that feeling again later in the year.
Le Mars’ overall record now sits at 2-5 on the season. Tate Murphy had 20 points to lead Le Mars offensively.