Martensdale-St. Marys juniors JT Archibald and Carson Elbert scored nine points apiece in the Blue Devils first round Class 1-A game at the state tournament last week.

JT Archibald, Van Meter sports

Note a full crowd in the background, as opposed to late in the week, when teams were limited to 100 tickets apiece, including the team and its coaches for the championship round.

Carson Elbert, Van Meter basketball

Senior Isaac Gavin scored 12 points in the 75-50 loss to Montezuma. Montezuma went on to claim the Class 1-A consolation game, 78-72 over West Fork of Sheffield, a team that has become a perennial basketball powerhouse in recent years. The Montezuma-Martensdale game was the first game of the week-long tournament.

Montezuma’s Trey Shearer led all scorers in the game with 24 points. Shearer was named to the Class 1-A All-Tournament team.