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Faced with the challenge of stopping a red-hot center as the focal point of the Quakerdale Academy offense, Southwestern used a packed and active defense to gain a home victory Tuesday night in Creston, 64-57. Southwestern jumped out early on key baskets by Luke Sealer, but the margin went back and forth throughout the first half until the Spartans extended it with a nice series, including a three-point goal from David Goddard and another from Sealer. Dominique Outley, who had 7 defensive rebounds on the night from the point guard position, led key transitions which led to scores. Leading at half, 35-26, Southwestern extended its lead when Jordan Hopkins found center De’Everett Williams for two easy baskets. Quakerdale tried pressure at the end of the game to attempt to close a 14-point deficit, and got the game back to the margin of the 64-57 final. Southwestern’s streak moves to five games on the young season, and they will next face another hot team, Southeast Nebraska, on Saturday in Creston.
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Southwestern had to extend their defense farther than normal to defeat Northwestern Saturday afternoon in Creston, 79-64. The Red Raiders set the tone early, making 7 of their first 9 shots to grab an early 11-6 advantage. Going out of character, the Spartans put pressure on ball handlers and began forcing passing mistakes. In all, Northwestern committed 30 turnovers. Some of the turnovers led to transition baskets for Southwestern and gave the Spartans a 44-35 halftime advantage. In the second half, Northwestern cut the lead to 6, but could not get closer as the Spartans continued to run their spread and cut game. Balanced scoring was the key for Southwestern, who put four players in double figures (Alec Hall, Jordan Hopkins, Luke Sealer, and Tyler Smith). Sealer (photo at right) also chipped in 5 assists in the game. Southwestern also survived a scare when starting center Collin Artinger left the game with a shoulder injury. Artinger will be assessed Monday to determine his status for a Tuesday home game against Quakerdale Academy.
Southwestern used a methodical zone attack to fight off a scrappy William Penn squad Tuesday night, 73-55. The Statesmen, who switched up zones to attempt to keep the Spartans off balance, hit key free throws in the first half to stay within striking distance, 42-31. In the second half, more aggressive middle attack of the zone got Jordan Hopkins and Collin Artinger key looks to extend the Southwestern lead to 60-40 with eight minutes to play. From there, the Spartans got some key bench minutes from Dominique Outley and Keenan Joiner to keep their margin. The win moves Southwestern to 3-0. They next play Northwestern Saturday at 4 p.m. in Creston.
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Southwestern knew it was in for a challenge on the road against Division I Iowa Western Tuesday, and they ran against a brick wall in a 70-50 loss. It was the first loss for Southwestern on the year, and Head Coach Mike Holmes attributes a large share to his team’s reaction to the athleticism and environment. “We looked a little wide-eyed,” Holmes said. “When you are up against that type of athleticism, you need to be more crisp and urgent than you typically are, or the defense is going to get on their toes and start to smell blood. We were just too passive.” Iowa Western forced 19 turnovers from the Spartans, well above their season average. Southwestern also was out-rebounded on the evening, 37-21. The loss moves the Spartans to 9-1. They next play Grand View at home Thursday night at 7 p.m.