Mustang boys romp past Hurricanes, 83-34
Senior forward Matt Stauter scored a season-high 37 points here Monday night, leading the Newell-Fonda boys basketball team to an 83-34 win over Albert City-Truesdale in a Class 1A district semifnial game.
With the win, Newell-Fonda, top-ranked in Iowa all season long in Class 1A, reamained unbeaten.
Nevertheless, the Hurricanes came on strong early, taking leads of 6-0- and 7-2 in the first couple of minutes.
Then AC-T began having trouble with Newell-Fonda's full-court press. All told, the Hurricanes had 37 turnovers.
"We got out to a slow start," said Newell-Fonda coach Paul Loos. "But our defensive pressure got us going. I was pleased with our overall effort."
Newell-Fonda took advantage of the turnovers in the first quarter, taking a 24-7 lead after one frame. They led 48-18 at the half and 65-24 after three quarters.
Taylor Heideman scored a team-high 12 points for Albert City-Truesdale, but guard Luke Lovin was held to under his average, scoring just five points. Cole Buchholz added seven for AC-T, which ended a tournament bid that began with an upset of Aurelia last week.
The Mustangs advance to the district finals, where they'll meet Laurens-Marathon at 7 p.m. Wednesday night at Cherokee l
Laurens-Marathon outlasted Clay Central Everly Monday night 65-62 in another district semifinal contest.
The winner of Wednesday night's games advances to substate action.
Rock Valley shuts down N-F girls, 53-33
The Rock Valley girls basketball team did to Newell-Fonda here Saturday night what no other team has been able to do - shut down its offense.
The Lady Mustangs went into Saturday night's region final here averaging over 75 points per game, but had a subpar game offensively and lost to Rock Valley, 53-33.
In a low scoring game, the Rockets broke a close game open in the third quarter with a 13-2 run. Then frustration set in for the Lady Mustangs in the fourth quarter.
"The key to the game was our inability to make open shots," said Newell-Fonda girls basketball coach Dick Jungers. "We missed a lot of opportunities to score and we just couldn't pop the lid off the rim.
"They also struggled to score, but they had a lot of shots rim in."
The 33-point output was a season-low for the Lady Mustangs, who finished the season at 22-3. With the win, Rock Valley advances to the Iowa State Girls Basketball Tournament this week.
Meanwhile, the game was low scoring all the way and close most of the way.
Rock Valley vaulted to a 12-7 lead after one quarter, but the Mustangs outscored the Rockets 10-7 in the second frame to get to within 19-17 at the half.
The shots weren't dropping for Newell-Fonda in the third quarter during Rock Valley's 13-2 run. The Rockets outscored N-F 13-7 in the third frame for a 32-24 lead at the last break.
"Their 13-2 run was the game's turning point," Jungers said. "We were up three points when they started their run and has some opportunities to score but the ball just wasn't dropping for us."
In the final quarter, Rock Valley pulled the ball out in a delay tactic and the Mustangs were forced to foul. The Rockets hit 20 of 31 shots from the line while the Mustangs got to the line just three times, making two.
"Another factor was our inability to get to the free throw line," Jungers added. "We did a great job of getting the ball where it needed to go, but we just weren't getting the calls.
"It was a very physical game and it is tough to hit outside shots when you're getting pushed around. They also struggled to get looks inside, but outscored us by 18 at the free throw line."
No Newell-Fonda player reached double figures, as Rock Valley limited leading scorer Jennifer Schumann to just eight points and second leading scorer Ashley Loos to just three. Senior post player Andrea Larsen added eight points for the Mustangs.
Three players reached double figures for Rock Valley. Guard Kayla Lange had a game-high 14 points while agile, 5-foot-9 post player Amber DeWeerd added 11 and Karin Remmerde 10.
"It was a very hard-fought ball game and both teams gave everything they had," Jungers said. "It was a very intense, defensive-oriented game. I was proud of our girls' intensity and their effort. They would just not give up. Some nights, things just don't work out, but we never backed down.
"It was a great game, with two great teams. Unfortunately it wasn't meant to be for us this year."