Van Buren splits with West Burlington basketball

Warrior youth led Van Buren girls? basketball team to a 48-43 home victory versus SEISC rival West Burlington Friday night.

Freshman Isabel Manning had 13 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore Taryn Scheuermann had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The game was never close as the Warriors stormed out to a 15-2 lead at the end of one quarter of play. The second quarter went to the Warriors as well, out pacing the Falcons 14-11. By halftime, Head Coach Matt Zeitler had pulled the dogs off with a 29-13 advantage, but after a 15-8 offensive output in the third, Van Buren had to keep things close in the final period, only having their bench outscored 15-11 as they held on for the five point win.

The 6-1 squad will now travel to Cardinal tonight for another SEISC matchup with the Comets, before venturing out of conference for a Thursday home game versus Scott County, in Missouri.

The boys tried to ride the girls? wave, but fell 54-52 in a thrilling comeback attempt.

After dueling to a 13-13 tie after the first eight minutes, Van Buren was outscored badly in the second, 18-7. The third period went better, but they were still out paced 11-9, leaving the Warriors with a 42-29 deficit going into the fourth. Coach Parsons team exploded for 23 points in the final eight minutes, however, it was too little, too late as the Falcons held on for a 54-52 conference road win in Keosauqua.

Juniors Jacob Plecker and Brycen Starnes combined for 24 points, 10 assists and four steals, while senior Jaeden Gerig had 13 points and two rebounds, assists and steals. Junior Mason McDonough led the Warriors in rebounds with 10 to go with his four points, one assist and one block.

The team is now 3-3 both overall and in SEISC play and will face Cardinal tonight on the road in Eldon.