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Posted On: 12/31/15 2:42 PM

West Branch freshman Beau Cornwell had a game for the ages just before the holiday break – not only scoring an Iowa high school hoops season high 46 points, but also breaking the single-game record for his school.

The 6-foot combo guard said once he got going, his teammates just kept feeding him the ball.

“I started to heat up a little bit in the first quarter. And then I knew that I could possibly have a big night, and then my teammates just kept giving me the ball, and telling me to keep going because they knew I could possibly break the record,” said Cornwell. “And then once I did it, it was like I kind of didn’t know it was happening, and everyone was jumping around. It was a big moment.”

IowaDynastyCornwell, who played with Iowa Dynasty last offseason after playing with the Iowa Barnstormers the summer before, says his recruitment is yet to really begin.

He says he’ll play with Iowa Dynasty again this spring and summer for his 16U season.

“I was invited to a William Penn elite camp, and that’s it so far. I’m pretty excited for AAU and everything because when the summer hits it’s kind of a big deal, and it gives more an opportunity to showcase my abilities against players from around the country – I’m pretty excited about it.”

The talented and versatile guard explained his style of play to PHI.

“I’m really good at breaking down defenses, and I like to really beat guys off the dribble and create space with various moves, and then get my teammates open for easy shots,” said Cornwell.

“I think I need to work on my 3s a lot, and I’m continuing to work on my free throw shooting.”

Cornwell is having one of the best freshman seasons in the state so far, averaging 16.6 points per game – tops among the state’s freshman – and leading the Bears in scoring.

“I’ve always dreamed about playing varsity as freshman, and when I got the opportunity to I knew I was going to leave anything out there while making a huge impact,” said Cornwell. “So I just try and go out there every night and give it my all, and see where it goes from there.”

He added: “They’re just telling me to go play my game, and to break down the defense and try and get other guys into it. When we need points, or need a lead or something, they go to me and I just do what I can do.”