Posted On: 02/8/21 4:00 PM


The favorite: Montezuma played the pre-holiday break portion of their schedule without junior big man Eddie BurgessEddieBurgess6'4" | PFMontezuma | 2022StateIA (13.2, 12.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists), who suffered an injury in the 8-man championship game in football. Since he returned, they’ve been on fire, winning all nine games he’s played in, by an average of 32.2 points a game. Trey ShearerTreyShearer5'10" | PGMontezuma | 2021StateIA (27.6), a Truman State signee, is arguably the best player in 1A basketball - a dynamic scoring guard who is remarkably efficient, posting 58-48-77 shooting splits, but who is also capable of dominating games without scoring. Cole WattsColeWatts5'10" | SGMontezuma | 2021StateIA (19.8, 50.5 3P%) is a perfect running mate with Shearer in the backcourt, a knockdown shooter who thrives on all the open looks Shearer creates. Burgess anchors the team’s 2-3 zone defense and gives them a big, physical presence in the paint. 

The biggest threat: A young North Mahaska team might be a year ahead of the schedule, but the Warhawks already hold a win this year over Montezuma, 68-66 on opening night. And they lost by

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