AM-1300 KGLO — Hawk Talk — 6:30
CLEAR LAKE — After having their halftime lead of 13 cut down to four at the end of the third quarter, Ballard outscored Clear Lake 15-4 in the final quarter as the 2nd-ranked Bombers beat the 5th-ranked Lions 46-31 in a clash of top five Class 3A girls basketball teams last night in Clear Lake, as you heard on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB and kribam.com. Ballard jumped out to a 10-3 lead after the first and 23-10 lead at the half before the Lions outscored the Bombers 17-8 in the third. Clear Lake coach Bart Smith says he was pleased that his team didn’t give up after halftime.
Smith says the Lions need to get the basketball inside more in upcoming games.
Jaden Ainley had 17 points to lead Clear Lake, as the Lions drop to 0-1 on the season and are off until a week from Friday when they open up the North Central Conference season at Algona.
— other high school girls basketball scores from Tuesday
Dowling 55, Mason City High 42
Lake Mills 68, Newman 39
West Fork 52, North Iowa 23
Forest City 56, Algona 41
Nashua-Plainfield 56, Tripoli 28
AMES — The schedule gets much tougher for Iowa State beginning tonight in Brooklyn when they play 25th-ranked Xavier in the NIT Season Tip-Off. Both teams are 4-0 and the focus for first-year Cyclone coach T.J. Otzelberger has been defense and rebounding.
Otzelberger likes the way the depth has developed through the first four games.
Former Iowa center Jack Nunge is in his first season with the Musketeers. The Cyclones will play either Virginia Tech or Memphis on Friday.
IOWA CITY — The 17th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes close the regular season on Friday with a visit to Nebraska. The Hawkeyes need a win and a Minnesota victory over Wisconsin to win the Big Ten West.
That’s Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz. At 9-2 the Hawkeyes are a win away from a seventh 10 win season under Ferentz.
After stumbling with back-to-back losses midway through the season, the Hawkeyes have rebounded with three straight wins.
With quarterback Adrian Martinez sidelined with a shoulder injury, Nebraska will start Logan Smothers at quarterback. Ferentz says the video crew has been searching for clips to help in the scouting.
The Huskers are 3-8 after a series of heart breaking losses. Kickoff on Friday is scheduled for 12:30 with the pre-game at 10:30 on AM-1300 KGLO. Ferentz will have more comments on Hawk Talk tonight at 6:30 on KGLO.
AMES — Iowa State closes the regular season at home on Friday afternoon against TCU. It will be the final home game for a large senior class that has been a big part of the turnaround.
That’s ISU coach Matt Campbell who says the seniors have remained positive despite a 6-5 record in a season that began with a number seven national ranking.
Campbell was asked if it will be the final home game for record-setting running back Breece Hall.
Kickoff at Jack Trice Stadium is set for 3:30 on Friday afternoon.