Westerners top Triton women

Photo by Paul DeCoursey Shariah Smith, a Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, goes to the basket for Iowa Central against Iowa Western on Saturday at Hodges Fieldhouse.

Five Iowa Western players reached double figures to lead the Reivers past Iowa Central here Saturday afternoon, 85-51.

Sommer Blakemore scored a game-high 17 points and Aubriana Noti had 15 and 10 rebounds for Iowa Western, which improved to 10-7 on the year.

For the Tritons (9-5), Shariah Smith had 12 points, Avery Terwilliger and Brittany West chipped in eight each, and Jessica Jackson added five and nine rebounds off the bench.

“That is a big, big talented team with a lot of athletic players,” ICCC head coach Kelly Kruger said. “They are a very tough (NJCAA) Div. I team.”

The Reivers slowly put the game away, pushing a seven-point advantage in the first to as many as 11 at the break. Noti had nine of her 15 in the opening half, with Binta Salawu scoring eight.

“I thought we responded well in the second half,” Kruger said. “We had some good individual performances from people like Jessica Jackson, Justice Crooks and Shariah Smith.

“But we didn’t get enough production from some of the other kids.”

Crooks and Kira Ward each had six points for Iowa Central, with Terwilliger also dishing out four assists.

Iowa Western held a 40-18 advantage on points in the paint and outscored the Tritons in the fourth, 27-9.

Next action for Iowa Central will be on Wednesday when they travel to Mason City to face third-ranked NIACC (10-3).

IOWA WESTERN 85, IOWA CENTRAL 51

Iowa Central — Brittany West 3-9 0-0 8, Kira Ward 3-4 0-0 6, Shariah Smith 4-7 2-2 12, Avery Terwilliger 3-5 0-0 8, Tierra Itula 2-6 0-0 4, Justice Crooks 2-7 1-2 6, Ceairra Smith 0-1 2-2 2, Alysse Parker 0-1 0-0 0, Jessica Jackson 2-4 1-4 5, Jescenia Mosley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 19-44 6-10 51.

Iowa Western — Sommer Blakemore 7-13 1-2 17, Aimee Brett 3-6 0-1 6, Julia Raflund 3-6 1-2 7, Aubriana Noti 6-12 3-3 15, Kiara Dallmann 5-9 2-4 13, Zhari’e Williams 1-1 0-0 3, De’Ayra Davis 4-4 1-1 10, Binta Salawu 2-6 5-6 11, Brina James 1-5 0-0 2, Tiana Ziegler 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 32-62 13-19 84.

Quarter scores: Iowa Western led 20-12, 37-27, 57-42. Three-point goals: Iowa Central 7-18 (West 2-5, S. Smith 2-4, Terwilliger 2-4, Itula 0-3, Crooks 1-2), Iowa Western 7-19 (Blakemore 2-7, Brett 0-1, Dallmann 1-3, Williams 1-1, Davis 1-1, Salawu 2-5, James 0-1). Total rebounds: Iowa Central 21, Iowa Western 37. Assists: Iowa Central 8, Iowa Western 11. Turnovers: Iowa Central 21, Iowa Western 12. Points off turnovers: Iowa Central 12, Iowa Western 26. Team fouls: Iowa Central 15, Iowa Western 12.

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