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WATERLOO — JaQwan Jackson flashed through the Union Community defense like a stealth bomber Tuesday night.

The Waterloo Columbus junior did plenty of damage, too, with a 41-point performance that helped the Sailors to their first win in three outings, 69-57 over Union Community.

That made it a North Iowa Cedar League sweep for Columbus, which opened the night with a 54-46 win in the girls’ game. Union withstood Jackson’s 14-point first-quarter barrage and led 19-17, but the rest of the Sailors stepped up and Jackson never slowed down.

“When you have a guy like JaQwan, you can attack the basket,” Sailors head coach Ben Barnett said. “By the time they recognize him going to the basket, he is already gone. Teams have to honor his abilities.”

The Knights tried several tactics to stop Jackson, but he wouldn’t be denied on this night.

“I had a good feeling about tonight and I just wanted to keep pushing the ball,” Jackson said. “They (Knights) are a pretty good team and I really like how they play. We just had to keep giving our full effort on both offense and defense because they are too good to let them get close.”

Union did get close, trailing just 50-48 after three quarters. Silver Schmitz then tied the game in the opening seconds of the final frame, but Columbus finished out with a 19-7 run for the win.

“We are still a young team that is mostly juniors and one sophomore,” Barnett said. “We are still trying to figure ourselves out and put it on the floor. When we do that, it will be good for us.”

In the opening game, the Sailors (2-2, 2-1) got scoring from seven players in their 54-46 win.

After a 14-14 first-quarter tie, Columbus surged to a 30-24 halftime lead that proved just enough to keep Union at bay over the final two quarters.

“We play every game to win,” Sailors coach Cory O’Brien said. “We have lost some leads a couple of times this year and we need to play the game possession by possession. Each one is important and means something. We need to be a little smarter on defense at times and keep improving every day.

Sydney Schultz poured in 19 points for Columbus, while Abby Ward came off the bench for six points and several steals, and Lily Christensen banged away with four 3-point field goals on the way to 16 points.

“They are a very tough team and they never give up,” Christensen said. “We just had to play our game on both ends and make plays. I thought our defense came up with some big steals and then our offense turned them into scores.”

Summaries

Girls

COLUMBUS 54, UNION 46

UNION (1-4, 1-3) — Kayla Lambe 4 4-4 14, Emily Schmidt 2 8-8 12, Allie Driscol 1 0-1 3, Natalie Tecklenburg 1 2-2 5, Allie Carty 1 1-2 3, Sam Glenn 1 0-0 2, Megan Carty 3 1-2 7, Carlie Hoppe 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 16-19 46.

COLUMBUS (2-2, 2-1) — Olivia Fain 1 0-2 2, Sydney Schultz 7 5-7 19, Lily Christensen 4 4-5 16, Maliyah Little 3 0-0 7, Ali Vesely 1 0-0 2, Chloe Jamason 0 0-0 0, Abby Ward 3 0-0 6, Emily Surma 0 0-0 0, Hanna Clasen 0 0-0 0, Kayla Sproul 1 0-0 2, Reagan Lindsay 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 9-14 54.

Union 14 10 6 16 — 46

Columbus 14 16 7 17 — 54

3-point goals—Union 4 (Lambe 2, Driscol, Tecklenburg), Columbus 5 (Christensen 4, Little). Total fouls—Union 14, Columbus 16. Fouled out—Schultz.

Boys

COLUMBUS 69, UNION 57

UNION (0-3) — Troy Hanus 1 1-2 3, Silver Schmitz 6 0-0 12, Carter Asmussan 6 0-0 18, Koby Alpers 4 2-2 10, Britton Rolison 6 0-0 12, Bryce Parker , Devin Reel 0 0-0 0, Richard Arteaga 1 0-0 2, Ryan Sedgwick 0 0-0 0, Brayden Grosse 0 0-0 0, Dylan Felderman 0 0-0 0, Hunter Fleshner 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 3-4 57.

COLUMBUS (1-2) — JaQwan Jackson 17 4-6 41, Tristan Wright 0 2-2 2, Alex Zike 3 3-4 12, Parker Westhoff , David Ryan 20-0 4, Jarrett Kruse 0 0-0 0, Cannon Butler 1 3-4 5, Blake Freeseman 0 0-0 0, Ben Leibold 2 0-0 5, Kaden Ludwig 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 12-16 69.

Union 19 6 23 9 — 57

Columbus 17 14 19 19 — 69

3-point goals—Union 6 (Asmussen 6), Columbus 7 (Jackson 3, Zike 3, Leibold). Total fouls—Union 16, Columbus 8.

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