The Alta High boys basketball team vaulted to a 34-24 halftime lead and held off a comeback bid from Schaller-Crestland here Tuesday night, beating the Wildcats 61-53.
With the win, Alta remained unbeaten in six games, including a 5-0 mark in the Northwest Conference.
Tyler Boyd led Alta with 14 points, followed by 12 from Paul Allerdings and 11 from post player Drew Lietz.
Aaron Hansen added nine points for the Cyclones and guard Brad Payne netted eight.
Lietz nearly had a double-double, finishing with a game-high eight rebounds. Hansen added six boards and Payne five.
Boyd and Allerdings each hit two three-point shots as the Cyclones shot 45 percent (5 of 11) from beyond the arc. They hit 16 of 39 two-point shots for 41 percent.
Alta took advantage at the free throw line, hitting 12 of 17 free throws.
Sioux Central 59
The Rebels trailed 47-32 at the half but mounted a second-half comeback before falling ten points short.
Pomeroy-Palmer vaulted to a 17-7 lead after one quarter and outscored the Rebels 20-15 in the second quarter for the 15-point halftime lead.
Sioux Central nearly came all the way back in the third quarter, outscoring the Knights 22-10 to trail just 47-44 after three frames. P-P finished with a 22-15 advantage in the fourth quarter for the final margin.
"We played an unemotional first half, but had an outstanding third quarter," said Sioux Central coach Chris Wildemen.
The Rebels' Josh Dahlin scored 11 points and added six rebounds in his first varsity start. Post player Tyler Walker led Sioux Central with 16 points and six boards.
The Rebels, who dropped to 3-2 in conference action, made six of 16 three-point shots. The Knights were seven of ten from beyond the arc but made 18 two-pointers to 14 or Sioux Central.
Sac City 68,
St. Mary's 50
Sac City forward Nathan Poen scored a career-high 29 points in this win Tuesday night in Sac City.
Matt Halvorson added 15 points for the Indians, while Wade McDonough also hit double figures with ten points.
Jimmy Steward led the Panthers with 18 points, with post player Andy Dahm adding 14 and Devin Landgraf nine.
"We played hard," said St. Mary's coach Brad Wilkening. "But we gave up way too many easy layups early in the game.
"We also struggled with our offense, but after getting down in the first quarter we played better the last three quarters," he said. "We ran our offense well but just didn't finish.
"We are working hard hard and hopefully we'll see it pay off on game night."