MANNING, Iowa — Jody Hagedorn isn’t the most accomplished basketball player in her family.
Her sister, Ashley, is a member of the Iowa State women’s team. Even her mother, the former Beth Gawley, was a standout player in the 6-on-6 days at Irwin-Kirkman.
But on Tuesday, Jody Hagedorn did the family proud. The 5-foot-9 senior came off the bench to supply 14 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals to help Class 2-A No. 2 IKM-Manning to a 75-53 Western Valley Conference win over Class 1-A No. 4 Ar-We-Va.
With season scoring leader Kaylee Blake (16.6 points per game) battling foul trouble for most of the night, the younger Hagedorn made sure the Wolves didn’t miss a beat, as they improved to 12-0.
“She did a great job and stepped up,” IKM-Manning coach Gene Rasmussen said. “She’s always going to play 100 percent. She gives you everything she has when she’s out there.”
Hagedorn said her role when she enters the game is to figure out what the team needs and provide it.
“You don’t know what to expect,” she said. “You just have to do what we practice. We take turns doing different stuff out there.”
Hagedorn had plenty of help. Junior reserve Jez Schechinger led the way with 15 points, while Blake, a senior, added 14 and sophomore Kali Rasmussen, the state leader in 3-pointers entering the game with 43, added four more in a 13-point effort.
That firepower was more than enough to break away from the Rockets (9-2), who are seeking their third straight trip to state.
The entire Ar-We-Va community has had to deal with the Sept. 25 death of coach Davey Kock. Longtime assistant Larry Siebert took over the reins and said his girls have coped well this season. In this game, however, the Wolves had too much.
“The kids played hard, they really did,” Siebert said. “We enjoy playing them. It’s a good rivalry. We just didn’t hit any 3-pointers tonight and we had too many turnovers.”
After Brittany Stoelk’s basket trimmed IKM-Manning’s lead to 15-9 at the end of the opening quarter, the hosts broke it open in the first four minutes of the second. The 6-1 Blake had a putback, a 3-pointer, another basket off a Kali Rasmussen feed and a free throw to make it a 13-point game, and then Rasmussen’s third 3-pointer pushed the count to 26-9 with 4:15 left in the second.
Ar-We-Va missed its first nine shots of the period, and failed to get closer than 12 the rest of the way.
Five-foot-8 sophomore Morgan Muhlbauer turned in a terrific floor game for the Wolves, finishing with seven points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and three steals, and also providing strong defense against Ar-We-Va leading scorer Paige Danner. Danner had 14 points, five steals and four assists, but shot just 5 of 17 and hard to work hard for her everything she got.
IKM-Manning returns Thursday for a showdown with Class 2-A No. 4 Lawton-Bronson (12-0) at Ida Grove. The girl-boy doubleheader initially was set for Manning before Christmas, but with a large crowd in the gym and both girls teams warming up, no officials arrived.
“We added five minutes to the clock and went into the locker room,” Hagedorn said. “We were just waiting in there, and nothing happened. Coach was like, ‘OK, just go home and study for semester tests,’ and we were like, ‘Awesome.”’
After the miscommunication, a neutral site was agreed upon.
“I think the girls are looking forward to that game,” Gene Rasmussen said. “We really needed this week, playing Ar-We-Va tonight and then playing them on Thursday.”
Ar-We-Va (9-2)...............................9 8 11 25—53
IKM-Manning (12-0)........................15 15 20 25—75
A: Paige Danner 5-17 4-10 14, Brittany Stoelk 4-8 4-4 13, Megan Ehlers 3-5 3-4 9, Lexi Vande Hoef 1-6 4-6 6, Amy Hinners 3-10 1-3 7, Kyrsten Lampman 1-4 0-0 2, Emily Koenck 0-0 0-0 0, Alyssa Buren 0-2 0-0 0, Katie Grothe 1-5 0-1 2. Totals: 18-57 16-28 53.
I: Kenzie Cast 3-9 0-0 8, Sarah Schlichte 2-2 0-0 4, Kali Rasmussen 4-11 1-2 13, Morgan Muhlbauer 2-7 3-4 7, Kaylee Blake 5-13 3-6 14, Jody Hagedorn 5-12 4-6 14, Jez Schechinger 5-10 5-7 15, Andrea Nulle 0-0 0-2 0. Totals: 26-64 16-27 75.
3-point goals: A 1-11 (Stoelk 1-4, Ehlers 0-1, Vande Hoef 0-1, Lampman 0-1, Danner 0-4), I 7-19 (Rasmussen 4-11, Cast 2-5, Blake 1-1, Muhlbauer 0-2). Total fouls: A 22, I 24. Fouled out: Vande Hoef, Blake, Hagedorn. Technical fouls: none. Rebounds: A 31 (Hinners 8), I 51 (Muhlbauer 12). Assists: A 11 (Stoelk 3, Danner 3, Lampman 3), I 19 (Muhlbauer 8). Steals: A 11 (Danner 5), I 11 (Muhlbauer 3, Hagedorn 3). Turnovers: A 18, I 21.
IKM-Manning boys 73, Ar-We-Va 41
MANNING, Iowa — Other than wins by six over Carroll Kuemper and 11 over Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto, the Wolves rarely have been tested, winning by an average of 32 points entering Tuesday.
That again was the magic margin against the Rockets, as smooth 6-4 senior TJ Sterk finished with 25 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and 6-6 senior Cody Kahl added 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting.
“Our seniors have been doing a good job of leading,” IKM-Manning coach Keith Wagner said. “We try to keep reminding them that there’s not much time left. We’ve got to keep pushing. Don’t relax in practice, and try to keep getting better.”
Wagner said his team got better on New Year’s Eve day, in a power-packed scrimmage at Harlan Community with the Cyclones, Nodaway Valley and Treynor.
“That was a really good day for us,” he said. “I thought we competed well with all the teams. All the scrimmages were tight. Really good athletes all over.”
Averaging team-bests of 17.7 points and 4.8 assists, Sterk scored 19 of his game-high total in the first half, hitting 7 of 8 shots.
“He’s got a good inside-outside game,” Wagner said. “He can post up, he can do it off the bounce and he can shoot the 3.”
Kahl, an All-Western Iowa football lineman, tripled his scoring average.
“I kind of feel him getting more confident in practice, and it’s been transferring to the game floor,” Wagner said. “It’s really nice to see.”
The Wolves, who are rated fourth in the state in 2-A and second in western Iowa (Class 2-A/1-A) by The World-Herald, will face 1-A No. 8 Lawton-Bronson (11-0) on Thursday at Ida Grove.
“They’ve got a lot of veterans and we’ve got a lot of veterans,” Wagner said. “We’re excited.”
Ar-We-Va (7-4).............................17 6 10 8—41
IKM-Manning (12-0)..........................26 20 20 17—73
A: Brandon Hagge 7, Brandon Koch 6, Austin Stoelk 17, Kyle Gallagher 2, Nick Grothe 2, Colton Neuman 4, Travis Freese 3.
I: TJ Sterk 25, Sam Wegner 6, Mark Eberly 4, Cody Kahl 21, Joey Herbers 4, Cody Eischeid 6, Scott Opperman 2, Kyle Wagner 3, Jared Vollstedt 2.