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WATERLOO — Denver’s basketball teams entered Oppold Gymnasium Thursday night with confidence and poise, looking for a sweep of Waterloo Columbus.

When the night was through, the sweep was complete after strong second half performances from both Cyclone squads.

Denver’s boys outscored Columbus by 20 points in the third quarter of a 63-38 win. The Cyclone girls opened the doubleheader by snuffing out a Columbus comeback and prevailing, 48-36.

Kayla Sproul cut Columbus’ deficit to 25-24 in the opener with a third-quarter layup that sent the home crowd to its feet. That’s when Denver junior Sarah Steege answered with a traditional three-point play before her Cyclone teammate Lila Meyer took control by sparking a personal 10-0 run that lasted through the midway point of the fourth quarter.

“We started to pass the ball more and play as a team,” Meyer said. “When we play together and not as individuals, good things happen.

Meyer muscled her way to 20 points in the game. Columbus freshman, Ali Vesely showed promise for the future as she chipped in 10 points for the Sailors.

Denver (6-14) showed more patience in the second half.

“We honestly expected moments like this from the start,” Denver coach Joe Frost said, addressing his team’s hurried play early. “I thought the girls did awesome with the game plan, but just got a little too excited at times. We became more patient late in the third, and our shots started to go in.”

In the boys’ game, Denver made the necessary adjustments at halftime to extend a 27-20 lead to 49-22 entering the fourth quarter.

“We talked about being more efficient on defense and getting back to the fundamentals,” Denver coach Kyle Matthias said. “We needed to work to get better position and we needed our offense to be just a little more patient. Our guys always work very hard in the game, but sometimes they just overthink things a bit.”

Columbus, meanwhile, struggled to regain its shooting touch.

“It seems like we take a long break after the half,” Columbus coach Ben Barnett said. “We have had many games that have went this way. We have a close score at the half, but then cannot build from that.

“That comes back to me not doing something right, not giving these guys that chance. I have to figure that out, because these guys play hard all the time. Denver is a tough team that plays hard, and they get after it. Kyle is a class act, and has his team playing very well right now.”

Zach Miller put up 15 points for Denver with Ki Jenkins adding 11. Ben Leibold paced the Sailors with 10 points.

Girls

DENVER 48, WATERLOO COLUMBUS 36

DENVER (6-14) — Kambrie Clinton 5 0-0 11, Lila Meyer 9 2-4 20, Jaden McMahon 1 0-2 2, Katie Terrill 2 0-0 4, Annie Place 0 0-0 0, Emma Larson 1 0-0 2, Lexi Lyons 0 0-0 0, Sarah Steege 2 1-5 5, Haley Barkau 2 0-0 4, Jenna Haase 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 3-11 48.

COLUMBUS (4-15) — Olivia Fain 3 0-0 6, Lily Christensen 1 0-0 3, Maliyah Little 1 1-4 4, Ali Vesely 3 4-4 10, Chloe Jamason 0 0-0 0, Abby Ward 0 3-4 3, Emily Surma 0 0-1 0, Hanna Clasen 1 0-0 2, Kayla Sproul 3 0-0 6, Reagan Lindsay 0 0-0 0, Hannah Hewitt 1 0-0 2. Totals 13 8-13 36.

Denver 12 13 11 12—48

Columbus 9 13 8 6—36

3-point goals—Denver 1 (Clinton), Columbus 2 (Little, Christensen). Total fouls—Denver 15, Columbus 17. Fouled out—Vesely.

Boys

DENVER 63, COLUMBUS 38

DENVER (9-9)—Zach Miller 7 1-2 15, Sam Joerger 2 0-0 5, Bo McMahon 1 1-1 3, Bryce Phelps 2 0-0 5, Ki Jenkins 5 0-0 11, Devin Bass 3 1-1 7, Zach Miller , Alex Gebel 2 3-4 7, Zach Miller 0 0-0 0, Tim Arians 2 1-2 6, Kyler Matthias 1 0-0 2, Mitchell Thuesen 0 0-0 0, Luke Prendergast 0 0-0 0, Colton Reiter 0 0-1 0. Totals 26 7-11 63.

COLUMBUS (2-16)—Parker Westhoff 0 0-0 0, David Ryan 0 0-0 0, Jarrett Kruse 0 0-0 0, Ryan Glass 0 0-0 0, Cannon Butler 3 1-3 8, Blake Freeseman 2 2-2 7, Austin Zaputil 0 0-0 0, Ben Leibold 4 1-1 10, Kaden Ludwig 1 0-0 2, Robert Porth 1 1-3 4, James Mudd III 1 4-5 7. Totals 12 9-14 38.

Denver 14 13 22 14 — 63

Columbus 14 6 2 16 — 38

3-point goals—Denver 4 (Phelps, Joerger, Jenkins, Arians), Columbus 5 (Porth, Mudd III, Butler, Freeseman, Leibold). Total fouls—Denver 19, Columbus 14. Fouled out—None.

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