Elm on fire early, Trojets race out to 15-0 lead and top Dunkerton, 49-37

BLAIRSBURG – Senior Night turned into Celebration Night for the Northeast Hamilton girls’ basketball team here last night.

The truth is it couldn’t have gone any better for the Trojets.

Sarah Elm – one of the five seniors in the starting lineup – was unconscious early on, as she nailed three first-quarter 3-point baskets and four in the first half to propel NEH to a lead it never relinquished in a 49-37 Iowa Star Conference victory over Dunkerton.

It was the Trojets second win over Dunkerton in the last five days. They knocked off the Red Raiders 43-38 last Thursday.

“The five seniors that started (Elm, Molly Greenfield, Jenn Willems, Jennifer Jeffers and Whitney Schutt) really got off to a great start,” NEH head coach Bret Schutt said. “We told them to go out and play as hard as you can and have fun, and that’s what they did.”

NEH (6-13, 5-11 ISC) led 15-0 after one quarter and 31-11 at the intermission.

“Our defense was outstanding early on,” Bret Schutt said. “Sarah, Whitney and Jenn Willems really kept them on the perimeter and got in the passing lanes and we turned them over early and got out and ran.”

Jeffers led all scorers with 16 points. Willems and Elm joined her in double figures with 13 and 12, respectively. Willems also collected eight rebounds; Jeffers pulled down seven.

Aubrey Duncan paced Dunkerton (8-11, 7-8 ISC) with 14 points. Alecia Kimball added 13.

NEH will be back at home Thursday night to host Southeast Webster-Grand at 6:30 p.m.