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WATERLOO — Aplington-Parkersburg showed Tuesday it can overcome an opponent’s fast start and ride one of its own to victory as the Falcons swept a North Iowa Cedar League basketball doubleheader at Waterloo Columbus.

The Sailors jumped out to a 36-20 lead in the girls’ game to open the night, but the Falcons battled back and pulled out a 63-59 win. In the boys’ matchup, A-P bolted to a 36-17 advantage and continued to build on it as they competed the sweep, 79-45.

Columbus’ girls (0-2) used a 21-10 run to take a 36-27 halftime lead and stretched it to 46-30 behind a pair of Maliyah Little 3-pointers and Sydney Schultz’s strong work inside.

Then the Falcons (2-2) and Sophia Jungling caught fire and stormed back.

“We had things going our way, then suddenly we let up on the throttle and began to turn the ball over,” Sailors coach Cory O’Brien said. “Their defense buckled down and identified our shooters, taking them away, and momentum went in their favor”

Jungling picked up six of her team-high 17 points to begin a 20-4 run that tied the game at 50-50.

“We have very good upper class leaders on this team and they just got us settled down to play our game,” Jungling said. “We knew we are better than what we were playing and know we are capable of beating anyone once we get locked in.”

The game went back-and-forth down the stretch until Avari Everts scored six straight points to give A-P a lead and the Falcons’ defense made it stand up.

“I’ll give Columbus credit, they took it to us there for awhile,” Falcons coach Jason Berkey said. “I think in that last 12 minutes our girls woke up and give that upper class credit, they showed great leadership in the end.”

In the boys’ game, A-P (3-0) had four players reach double figures, led by Alec Oberhauser with 18 points.

The Falcons’ run and gun style was a little too much for a young Sailors squad as they jumped to a big 36-17 first-quarter lead.

“We want to play fast like that all the time,” A-P coach Aaron Thomas said. “We attacked the hoop and got ourselves to the one-and-one early. It was a great fast start for us. Our trouble is sometimes we love to shoot the 3 a lot and if you start missing, it can take you away from your game.

“We have great depth on this team and that is an advantage to us.

The Falcons went on a 13-4 run in the second quarter and the Sailors could not catch up.

“They (Falcons) play hard and they score in bunches,” Columbus coach Ben Barnett said. “The game was not really that bad, not like the score shows, we just got very sloppy. We got beat to the loose balls and defensive rebounds.

“All-in-all tonight was a good test for us for our first game. I think we realized you cannot take any breaks, not even for a minute, when you play in as tough of a conference that this is.”

Boxscores

Girls

APL.-PARK. 63, COLUMBUS 59

APLINGTON-PARKERSBURG (2-2, 2-1) — Jenna Bruns 5 3-4 14, Sophia Jungling 7 2-2 17, Jaycie Ellis 1 4-4 6, Gabbi Kampman 2 0-1 4, Megan Johnson 0 0-0 0, Maddie Waller 3 2-3 8, Ainsley Brungard 0 2-4 2, Avari Everts 3 2-3 8, McKenna Oldenburger 1 2-4 4. Totals 22 17-25 63.

COLUMBUS (0-2, 0-1) — Olivia Fain 3 3-8 10, Sydney Schultz 8 3-7 19, Lily Christensen 2 0-0 5, Maliyah Little 6 0-0 15, Ali Vesely 1 2-2 4, Chloe Jamason 0 0-0 0, Emily Surma 0 0-0 0, Hanna Clasen 1 2-4 4, Kayla Sproul 1 0-0 2, Reagan Lindsay 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 10-21 59.

Apl.-Park. 15 12 19 17 — 63

Columbus 18 18 13 10 — 59

3-point goals—Aplington-Parkersburg 2 (Bruns, Jungling), Columbus 5 (Little 3, Fain, Christensen). Total fouls—Aplington-Parkersburg 18, Columbus 18. Fouled out—Bruns.

Boys

APL.-PARK. 79, COLUMBUS 45

APLINGTON-PARKERSBURG (3-0, 2-0) — Carter Cuvelier 3 4-8 10, Grant Truax 4 0-0 11, Alec Oberhauser 6 5-6 18, Dylan Ellis 2 0-0 6, Aaron Price 0 1-2 1, Coby Hoff 2 5-7 9, Junior Bodden 5 3-5 13, Sam Bachman 2 0-0 6, Braden Good 2 0-0 5, Andrew Haan 0 0-0 0, Joe Schipper 0 0-0 0, Jacob Lalkwarf 0 0-0 0, Riley Oberhauser 0 0-0 0, Christian Olson 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 18-28 79.

COLUMBUS (0-1, 0-1) — JaQuan Jackson 5 0-1 10, Daniel Kolo 1 2-2 4, Kaden Ludwig , Robbie Porth 2 0-2 5, Alex Zike 2 2-2 8, Parker Westhoff 1 0-0 2, David Ryan 0 0-0 0, Jarrett Kruse 1 0-0 2, Cannon Butler 5 1-3 11, Blake Freeseman 1 1-2 3, Ben Leibold 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 6-12 45.

Apl.-Park. 36 15 22 6 — 79

Columbus 17 10 8 10 — 45

3-point goals—Aplington-Parkersburg 9 (Truax 3, Ellis 2, Bachman 2, Good, A. Oberhauser), Columbus 3 (Zike 2, Porth). Total fouls—Aplington-Parkersburg 11, Columbus 22.

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