N-F girls rally to beat Rebels
The Newell-Fonda girls basketball team used its superior depth here Friday night in dealing talented Sioux Central a 59-43 loss.
The Mustangs led just 30-28 at the half but turned it up in the last two quarters, outscoring Sioux Central 18-9 in the third quarter and 11-6 in the fourth.
"I think we wore them down in the second half," said Newell-Fonda coach Dick Jungers, who substituted freely throughout all four quarters.
"Sioux Central really has a nice team but we use a steady pattern of substitutions and that showed up in the second half.
The Mustangs were led by the sister-guard combination of Kristen and Sarah Culp.
Both hit two three-pointers as Kristen, a senior, scored a game-high 17 points. Sarah added 12 points.
Sioux Central did a good defensive job on the Mustangs inside, according to Jungers. He said the Rebels' six-foot post players, junior Stef Madsen, was tough in the paint.
She helped limit Newell-Fonda's leading scorer Jennifer Schumann to just seven points.
"Madsen took us out of our inside game," added Jungers. "She singlehandedly altered a lot of our shots with her height and reach."
Newell-Fonda led 13-10 after the first quarter but the Rebels outscored them 18-17 in the second quarter for a 30-28 lead at the half.
Jungers said his team made some adjustments at the half, and that helped buoy a 9-0 run to start the quarter.
Sioux Central never really threatened after that.
"We just wanted to apply more defensive pressure to make sure we dictated the temp of the game and not the other way around," Jungers said.
Senior post player Andrea Larsen also hit double figures with 12 points for the Mustangs, who improved to 7-1 in conference play and 12-1 overall.
Sophomore guard Briana Scharn led Sioux Central with 16 points while Abbey Biedenfeld added eight and Madsen seven.
Alta 53 (OT)
Alta rallied hard in the second half of this home contest but couldn't close the deal in overtime.
The Cyclones trailed 10-3 after the first quarter and 24-12 at the half. But they outscored the Lady Knights 16-4 in the third quarter and were tied at 28 at the half. Both teams scored 20 points in the fourth quarter for a 48-48 tie after regulation.
P-P had an 8-4 advantage in the overtime and that was the difference.
"We dug ourselves too big a hole in the first half," Alta coach Jeannie Henningsen said after the game. "We only had three points in the first quarter and got off to a slow start.
"Jenny (Mahr) and Jahde (Hammer) hit some key shots down the stretch to tie the game."
She added that Hammer hit a three with ten seconds in regulation to tie it at 48.
"We need to play four strong quarters each night we take the court," she said.
Hammer had a huge game for Alta, scoring a game and career high of 26 points. Mahr added 14 points and sophomore post player Dee Hinkeldey netted nine.
Hinkeldey led the Cyclones in rebounding with eight while Holly Leyded added five.
But it was a Hammer's night, as she hit one three-pointer, seven two-pointers and was nine of 14 at the line.
Sophomore point guard Jahde Hammer scored a game-high 14 points and two of her teammates also reached double figures here Thursday night as the Alta girls basketball team thumped Laurens-Marathon 49-35.
Cyclone coach Jeannie Henningsen was pleased with the win.
"This was a good win for us," she said after the game. "We rebounded the ball well and limited their second-chance opportunities.
"We had some well-balanced scoring and really had some good looks at the basket."
Senior forward Holly Leyden also hit double figures in scoring with 12 points while sophomore post player Dee Hinkeldey added 11.
Alta led 10-8 after a tightly-contested first quarter and outscored Laurens-Marathon 13-10 in the second frame for a 23-18 lead at the half. The Lady Cyclones led 37-33 after three quarters and turned it on the fourth, outscoring the Chargers 12-2 for the final margin.
"I thought we handled their full-court press pretty well," added Henningsen.