Both the Iowa Central Women & Men opened their seasons with wins on Wednesday night. The Tritons took their home floor at Hodges Fieldhouse for the first time since last season and that provided some sense of normalcy to a stretch of time that has otherwise been anything but normal. Coach Brian Ortmeier led the Triton Women to a win in his coaching debut at the school. Iowa Central controlled the game, leading by as many as 17. They would go on to down North Iowa Area Community College 64-54. NIACC was the conference champs last season and was ranked as high as #1 nationally. They were considered one of the favorites to win the NJCAA National Tournament, prior to the season being cancelled due to the pandemic. Tritons had four players score 9 or more in the game. Former Webster City standout Taylor Mckinney had 11 in her collegiate debut. Nevaeh Galloway would led Iowa Central with a double-double of 15 points and 15 boards.
The Triton Men would use a 20-1 run in the 2nd half to outscore NIACC 39-26 after the break. The 2nd half effort propelled them to a 75-64. Iowa central had 5 players in double figures. It was a total team effort as Iowa Central’s bench contributed 31 of the team’s 75. Australia native, Uzo Dibiamaka led the way with 16. PJ Ngambi had 14 and last year’s leading returning scorer and rebounder Javonte Keck had a double-double with 12 points and 11 boards. Jaxon Smith who was a major part of Ankeny High’s State Title team last spring, added 12 in his first college game. Triton Women and Men are back at it Saturday when they host Iowa Western in double header action starting at 1 PM.