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TR PHOTO BY NOAH ROHLFING – West Marshall senior guard Joey Tollefson (2) drives into the lane between Roland-Story defenders Will Bunn (22) and Luke Patton, far left, during the second half of Tuesday’s game at the State Center.

STATE CENTER — The range of emotions for the West Marshall boys’ basketball swung wildly from the first half to the second half on Tuesday night, as a 12-point halftime lead over the No. 10 Roland-Story evaporated in a 66-49 loss that dropped the Trojans to 7-15, 4-10 in Heart of Iowa conference play. Roland-Story is 14-0 in the HOIAC game.

A strong start for the Trojans built on a patient offense and finding pockets of space in the 2-3 Roland-Story area gave a 17-12 lead after the first quarter – in the second quarter the lead grew. reached 15 points, with the score 30-15 and Norsemen head coach Darrin Berggren replacing his five starters to try to turn things around.

West Marshall coach Paul DeNeui said the first 16 minutes went exactly as the Trojans wanted.

“In the first half we played the kind of game we wanted,” DeNeui said. “We were very disciplined in attack and defense and obviously that showed in the result.”

Leading 32-20 at halftime, the Trojans were in a good position. Roland-Story would probably make a run, but weathering the storm and countering would give West Marshall a real chance to upset.

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Instead, the Norsemen moved from their usual 2-3 zone to a men’s defense and tried to step up the pace of the game – which went against the Trojans’ strengths. With a size and athleticism advantage, the Norsemen pushed the tempo and found baskets in transition. In turn, the Trojans played faster to try to keep up and adapt to the new defense they faced. The results would rock the game.

By the end of the third quarter, Roland-Story had slipped away and taken a 44-42 lead. West Marshall was still in the game, but a 16-2 run to start the fourth quarter wiped out the Norsemen.

“We tried to go too fast, and we’re not cut out for that,” DeNeui said. “We have to keep working to figure that out, how to play even when they switch to man, have a bit more patience in attack and when we do that we’ll be even more successful.”

Joey Tollefson led the Trojans with 21 points and four 3-pointers, while Kinnick Christensen added 11 points.

Next up for West Marshall is a Class 2A District 7 first-round game against Colfax-Mingo played at PCM High School Monday in Monroe. The game starts at 6:30 p.m.

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Roland-Story 66, West Marshall 49

ROLAND-STORY (19-2, 14-0) — Isaiah Naylor 7 0-0 17, Jonovan Wilkinson 7 3-3 17, Will Bunn 1 0-0 3, Kale Lande 0 0-0 0, Luke Patton 10 0- 0 21, Dillon Lettow 4 0-0 8, Matthew Phelan 0 0-0 0, Ben Greenfield 0 0-0 0, Boaz Clark 0 0-0 0, Nick Butler 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 29 3-3 66.

MARSHALL WEST (7-15, 4-10) – Andrew Tollefson 1 0-0 3, Joey Tollefson 6 5-5 21, TJ Schuler 2 0-0 4, Kinnick Christensen 5 0-0 11, Parker Reese 0 0-0 0, Preston Reese 0 0-0 0, Owen Siegert 2 0-0 4, Jackson Porter 3 0-0 6. TOTALS 19 5-5 49.

ROLAND STORY 12 8 24 22 — 66

W. MARSHALL 17 15 10 7 — 49

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3-point goals – RS 5 (Naylor 3, Bunn, Patton), WM 6 (J.Tollefson 4, A.Tollefson, Christensen). Team fouls – RS 12, WM 8. Team fouls – none.


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