Area boys basketball
LENOX – Sophomore Caleb Lange led the Lenox Tigers to a 62-25 win over Corning here on Tuesday.
Lenox improves to 3-2 overall and 2-2 in Pride of Iowa Conference play.
Lange accumulated 18 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Tigers in both categories. Senior Mason Peterson added eight points, eight rebounds and a team-high seven assists. Todd Stoaks scored eight points with six rebounds. Caleb Cline and Spencer Brown each chipped in six points.
“A good win in our first game at home,” Lenox co-head coach Karl Peterson said. “We had a good start and played hard all game. Caleb Lange led us in scoring again, and nine others scored, giving us good balance.”
Keegan Longabaugh recorded a double-double for Corning, scoring 10 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Lance Swartz added five points and three assists. Ryan Carlson had four points, while Blaine Williams added three. Quintin Wilcoxson and Lane Peterson each finished with two assists for Corning.
“We got down early again because we couldn’t hold onto the basketball while rebounding,” Corning head coach Pete Nett said. “We had a stretch during the second half of the second quarter when we outscored them 11-7 while playing some decent defense. But, playing road games on back to back night, in the second half, we just ran out of gas.”
Lenox hosts Murray tonight. Corning travels to Southeast Warren on Friday.
DIAGONAL — Austin Halls racked up 37 points on 13-of-19 shooting from the floor to lead Murray past a pesky Diagonal team here on Tuesday, 72-53.
Halls also went 8-of-10 from the free throw line, with three rebounds, seven steals and seven assists. Cody Scroggie chipped in 14 points and Pat Kilmer scored 11 with nine rebounds as the only other two Mustangs in double figures.
“We had way too many turnovers tonight,” Murray head coach Darin Wookey said. “That really offset our steals that we had in the game. I thought Austin Halls and Cody Scroggie really played well tonight. I was really impressed with Pat Kilmer’s play. He was one rebound shy of a double-double. Diagonal is much improved on the year and will surprise some people. Jacob Taylor will become one of the best guards in the conference, if he is not already.”
Taylor, a freshman, led the Maroons with 11 points, including the only two 3-pointers of the game for Diagonal. Shad Haidsiak and Ryan Parrot also reached double figures for the Maroons with 10 points each, while Blake Butler added nine and Heath Evans pitched in eight points in a balanced scoring attack.
Murray, now 6-0, travels to Lenox tonight, while Diagonal, now 3-3, hosts Twin Cedars on Friday.