By Chris Faulkner
Notre Dame High School's varsity girls and boys basketball teams defeated Danville Friday night at the Bears' gym in a pair of South Division games.
The 11th-ranked Nikes won the girls game 68-45, and the Nikes boys followed with a closer 48-43 victory.
Notre Dame's girls led just 14-12 at the end of the first quarter but took a 33-23 lead at halftime. The Nikes steadily pulled away in the second half to win by 23.
Abby Korschgen led the Nikes with 19 points, Lauren Krieger scored 15, Anna Engberg 12, and Gabby Deery 11. Nadiya Jones came off the bench and scored nine.
Jaeda Molle scored 14 and Alexia Dietsch 11 for the Bears. Kenna Furnald chipped in nine points, Alaina Gourley put in five, Taylor Moore hit two free throws, and Gracianna Walker and Reagan Henkelvig each made a free throw.
Notre Dame sits atop the South Division with a 10-1 league mark and is 13-4 overall. The Nikes host Holy Trinity Catholic Tuesday.
Mediapolis girls are next at 11-2 after Friday's win over West Burlington (8-3).
Danville drops to 4-7, 7-10, and plays at Van Buren County next Tuesday.
In the boy's game, Notre Dame trailed Danville 17-8 after the first quarter and 26-18 at halftime. The Nikes edged a little closer by the end of the third, trailing 38-33. A late run by Notre Dame lifted them to its 12th win of the year against four losses.
Spencer Brent scored 12 points, Carsen Jones 10, and Dylan Kipp eight for the Nikes. Liam Delaney, Hunter Lillie, and Ethan Todd put in five points each.
Shay Stephens added a field goal and Caden Schwenker a free throw.
Caiden Gourley led Danville with 16 points, and Spencer Nelson put in 10.
Carson Ourth had six points, Ashton McCane and Titus Svoboda had four points each, Carter Buck scored two and Brody Christensen added a free throw.
The Nikes are 8-3 in the South Division, third behind unbeaten West Burlington (11-0) and second-place New London (10-2).
Danville falls to 5-5 in the South, but the Bears are 5-0 outside the division.
Danville plays at West Central, Ill., Saturday and at Van Buren County next Tuesday.
Notre Dame hosts Holy Trinity Catholic Tuesday