Boys Basketball Roundup: Clear Creek Amana, Liberty High Fall in Substate Quarterfinals


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Liberty High dropped a heartbreaker in its first ever postseason game falling to Fort Madison 50-47 in a Class 3A, Substate 5 quarterfinal on Monday in Mount Pleasant.

Kaleb Cresswell scored a game-high 20 to lead Fort Madison (14-9) into the substate semifinals where it will face top-ranked Mount Pleasant on Thursday.

Liberty High closed its inaugural season 8-14.

The Lightning led 26-17 at halftime before Fort Madison rallied late.

Iziah Poulsen led Liberty High with 18 points while Andre Brandon added 10 and Sam Funke had nine.

Liberty High (47) – Bowen Gryp 3, Iziah Poulsen 18, Ethan O’Donnell 7, Andre Brandon 10, Sam Funke 9.

Fort Madison (50) – Logan Rashid 13, Sheymouhr Redd-Donald 4, Brandon Keester 9, Kaleb Cresswell 20, Jayden Feller 4.

Independence Ends Clear Creek Amana’s Season

Clear Creek Amana couldn’t hang on to a three-point halftime lead, falling to Independence 54-44 in a Class 3A, Substate 3 quarterfinal on Monday in South Tama.

Independence (15-8) advanced to the Substate 3 semifinals with its third win of the season over the Clippers and will face South Tama on Thursday.

Clear Creek Amana finished the season 9-13.

The loss spoiled a monster performance for CCA freshman TJ Bollers who had a double-double with 17 points and 18 rebounds.

Nolan Schwarting added 11 points and Darius Moore had six for the Clippers.

Clear Creek Amana   9   17   8   10  –  44

Independence            12  11  14  17  –  54