JANESVILLE -- In an unusual scheduling development, Janesville found itself playing two different opponents in a girls-boys Iowa Star Conference doubleheader Tuesday.
The girls' squad opened the evening with a 58-19 victory over Valley Lutheran before the boys added a hard-fought, 67-51 win over Waterloo Christian.
The Wildcat boys (9-5, 11-6) staved off an upset bid by the Regents (0-15, 0-18), who came flying out of the gates and pushed the Wildcats for the better part of three quarters.
Senior guard Ethan Van Sickle bombed away from the outside early, giving Waterloo Christian a 9-8 edge, and finished the game with eight treys for 24 points.
"Our game plan was to double up on (Luke) Zwack and not let him get going," Janesville coach Troy Ersland said. "Now we have number 15 (Van Sickle) coming out and hitting us from outside, so we had to make some defensive changes. That first quarter was on us coaches."
The game remained close in the second period as Van Sickle continued to attack from outside with three more 3-pointers.
Waterloo Christian was within 21-20 when the Wildcats settled into an offensive rhythm and began to build a cushion. Spencer Hoff dropped in a long-range bucket for a 32-22 lead that Janesville expanded to 37-24 by halftime.
"I think our guys got a little more focused from that point on and we got a lot of contributions from our bench," Ersland said. "I thought Codey Hicks played a very good game and Spencer did a great job on Zwack."
Hicks scored 33 points, while Zwack finished with 21 for the Regents .
"We were a little shorthanded tonight, but I was very proud of the effort from our guys," Waterloo Christian coach Lucas Segarstrom said of his six players that dressed. "Our guys went out and created their shots tonight and that has been our offense all year. Janesville is a very good team and we can use this to move forward."
The undefeated and 11th-ranked Janesville girls (19-0, 16-0) built a 35-8 advantage early. Tori Hazard led the Wildcats with a game-high 20 points.
"We really wanted to work on our halfcourt stuff tonight and try some combinations," Janesville coach Steve Chidester said. "I thought our outside shooting was down a bit, but I cannot fault their effort. Night in and night out we ask them to play championship basketball no matter who we are playing."