Iowa Central split a Women’s and Men’s double header on Saturday at Hodges Fieldhouse vs Southwestern. The Triton women got a win in which they led for nearly the entire game. The Triton men fell as they couldn’t get needed defensive stops in the 2nd half.
The Triton Women won 76-63, Iowa Central led 5-4 early and then would close the 1st quarter on a 20-9 scoring run. They led by a dozen, 25-13 after the 1st. Tritons led 40-25 at the break. Southwestern came storming back after the break and took the 3rd quarter 22-12 to cut the lead to 5 heading into the 4th. Iowa Central never crumbled under that pressure in the 4th. Tritons got back to back buckets early in the 4th from Autumn Dykstra, who finished with 10 and got some big shots from Carly West to extend the lead and put Southwestern away. Offensive balance was key for Iowa Central as they had 5 player in double figures in the game. Naveah Moeschter had 10 off the bench in a key role with Dykstra in foul trouble much of the game. Carly West had 16 on three made 3’s, two of which came in the 4th. Freshman Naveah Galloway had 16 points, 7 boards and 6 blocks. Standout Isabell West had 16 points and herculean effort on the glass pulling down 17 boards. Iowa Central improves to .500 on the season at 7-7 with the win.
In the men’s game, Iowa Central fell 79-64. Southwestern came out and built an early lead and took a 40-32 lead into the halftime locker room. Triton Guard P.J. Ngambi picked up two early fouls and sat most of the 1st half. Iowa Central clawed back in the 2nd half as they put together a 14-6 run in the 1st half minutes of the half. The tritons cut the lead to two at 45-43 but that was as close as they would come. Southwestern finished the game outscoring the Tritons 33-21 from that point. Tritons got a game 21 points and 9 boards from Javonte Keck, 14 points from Jaxon Smith and 12 from P.J. Ngambi despite the foul trouble. Southwestern got a team high 17 from Nate Duckworth, 14 from Justin Graham, Qushaun Wells had a bakers dozen off the bench, Joe Kearney had 12 and James Kelley 10. Iowa Central will look to right the ship as they have dropped 8 of their last 10 games.