SIOUX CITY – The slate gets a little tougher the next couple of weeks for the Le Mars girls basketball team.

The Bulldogs, ranked ninth in Class 4A, passed their second test of the New Year with a 50-28 victory over East Friday afternoon during the CNOS Foundation Classic at the Tyson Events Center.

Le Mars was coming off a Thursday win over MOC-Floyd Valley and despite the quick turnaround, moved its season record to 9-2.

“It was a nice win, especially after playing last night,” said Le Mars coach Judd Kopperud. “Wasn’t quite sure how that quick turnaround would work.

“Really happy with our energy, happy with the way we executed on both ends of the floor.”

Madison Dreckman, a 6-foot-1 junior and Jenn Schneider, a 5-11 senior, both scored 11 points to pace Le Mars, which has lost only to Cherokee, ranked fourth in 3A and Bishop Heelan, ranked 15th in 4A.

The Bulldogs, leading 28-20 at halftime, limited East to just eight points over the final two quarters.

“Second half defensively we were real solid,” said Kopperud.

The schedule heats up for the Bulldogs as they host top-ranked (3A) Sioux Center on Tuesday before a Lakes Conference contest Friday at third-ranked (2A) Western Christian. The following Friday is a second meeting with Cherokee, who won the first matchup 81-59.

“Huge challenge, the thing is though, that’s Northwest Iowa girls basketball with so many great team out there,” said Kopperud. “We play some of the best teams in Northwest Iowa, you can get beat and improve and still get better. Your always playing for the postseason, your always battle tested.”

East, falling to 0-8, was playing its second straight game without leading scorer Taylor Copple. Kennedy McCloy tallied 10 points for a team that shot just 26 percent (9-for-34) from the field in the game.

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