RO BBB wins district game

Red Oak’s Brayden Sifford takes the ball to the hoop in the win over Missouri Valley on Monday, Feb. 14.
Red Oak senior Lennon O’Neal earlier in the season.
Red Oak senior Payten Bass earlier this season.

The Red Oak boys advanced to the Class 2A substate 8 quarterfinal after defeating Missouri Valley 65-39 on Monday, Feb. 14.

The Tigers built an early nine-point lead and led by 16 at the halftime. Missouir Valley played tough in the third quarter, only being outscored by one point. However, Red Oak extended the lead in the fourth quarter by as many as 29 points before the eventual win.

Kaden Johnson led four Tigers in double figures, finishing with 17 points. Hunter Gilleland finished with 14 points on four treys, three of those back-to-back-to-back buckets in the final period.

Ryan Johnson scored 11 points, and Baylor Bergren finished with 10 points. 

Red Oak (15-7) travels to Treynor on Thursday, Feb. 17, as they take on Underwood (15-6) in second-round action beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Regular season

The Red Oak Tiger basketball teams finished out the regular season last week, splitting wins with Southwest Valley on Monday, Feb. 7.

Red Oak boys defeated the Timberwolves 64-47. Red Oak never trailed during the game, and led 36-19 at halftime.

“We knew this would be a game where we needed to pick up the pace of play, and I was proud of our guys for doing just that,” Red Oak head boys basketball coach Spencer Plank said. “Monday night games are sometimes hard to get mentally prepared for, but we played hard and are turning our attention to Thursday.”

The Timberwolves had two players finish in double-digit scoring, led by Gabe Fuller with 20 points.

Red Oak: Gilleland 24 points, one rebound, two assists, three steals; Max DeVries 13 points, one rebound, one assist; K.Johnson nine points, four rebounds, three assists, three steals; Bergren eight points, three rebounds, five assists, two steals; R. Johnson four points, nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals; Brayden Sifford two points, two rebounds, one steal; Braden Woods two points, eight rebounds, one block; Nic Fouts two points, four rebound; Jack Schmadeke four rebounds; one assist.

SWV: Fuller five rebounds, three assists, three steals; Sawyer Hensley 14 points, four rebounds, one assist; Owen Wilkinson five points, three rebounds, one assist, two steals; Joey Oathoudt five points, seven rebounds; Isaac Currin two points, one rebound, one assist; Blake Thomas one point, three rebounds, one steal, one block; Jake Oathoudt two rebounds. 

Red Oak girls held a 17-6 lead after the first period of play and held a 26-23 lead at the break. But the Timberwolves rallied in the second half for the 52-40 win.

“We are playing our best basketball of the year down the stretch,” Southwest Valley head girls basketball coach Mike Cormack said. “I am glad that we could win our last two home games for our seniors. This was not an easy game, as we ended the first quarter down double figures. Credit to Red Oak for coming and fighting for this game. I am proud we fought back, by locking down and building up our intensity.”

Red Oak: Jaydin Lindsay nine points, six rebounds, one steal, one block; Merced Ramirez eight points, seven rebounds, two assists, five steals; Olivia Boswell seven points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal; Lainey DeVries six points, six rebounds, two assists; Payten Bass four points, three rebounds, one steal; Maddie Doyle three points, one rebound; Lennon O’Neal three points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block.

SWV: Norah Lund 13 points, one rebound, three assists, eight steals; Maggie Haer 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block; Lindsay Maurer 10 points, five rebounds, one assist; Ryanne Mullen six points, one rebound, two assists, two steals; Charlee Larsen four points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal; Rebecca Wetzel four points, two rebounds; Alana Drake two points, three rebounds, one steal; Kayla Mitchell four rebounds, one block.

Red Oak girls finished the regular season 0-21, and began post season play on Saturday, Feb. 12, in Des Moines, as they took on Des Moines Christian (15-6) in Class 3A region 7 first round action, falling 66-21.

The Red Oak girls, led by Ramirez, came out playing tough with Ramirez scoring the first eight points for the Tigers. At the end of the first quarter the score was 13-8, with the Thunder leading. 

“The girls played a tough man defense, but struggled finishing small shots at the hoop,” Red Oak head girls basketball coach Cliff Owen said. “But the Tigers went on a cold streak, finishing out the half down 38-12. The girls kept fighting ’til the end.”

Red Oak: Ramirez 10 points, five rebounds, three steals, one block; Bass seven points, three rebounds, one steal; Bozwell four points, three rebounds, one steal; O’Neal three rebounds, one block; Lindsay one rebound; Doyle one rebound, two assists; DeVries one steal; Grace Wingfield one assist; Kaysie Kells one rebound.

“This was a very tough year for the Tiger girls, and we want to say thanks to Lennon O’Neal and Payten Bass for being seniors who came out and finished the season with the girls,” Owen said. “We have a lot to look forward to next year with three sophomore girls who will be returning, and it is a team they can build off of. With a new coach, only good things can happen next year for the Tiger basketball program.”

Mount Ayr

Tiger boys wrapped up the regular season on Thursday, Feb. 10, falling to Mount Ayr 64-53.

Mount Ayr took an early lead and never trailed in the game, going into halftime with a 34-22 lead. Red Oak tied the game up at 45 early in the fourth quarter, but Mount Ayr responded with a run of their own to eventually win.

Gilleland led three Tigers in double-digit scoring with 17 points, and R. Johnson finished with a double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 13 boards.

Red Oak: Gilleland six rebounds, six assists, two steals; R. Johnson five assists, one steal; DeVries 10 points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals; Bergren eight points, three rebounds, three assists; K. Johnson four points, six rebounds; Woods three rebounds; Fouts one rebound; Schmadeke one assist.

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