Mustangs rip Sioux Central to stand alone atop conference
On the strength of strong second and third quarters, the Newell-Fonda High boys basketball team outran Sioux Central here 55-40 Friday night at the Newell-Fonda High gym.
"This was a good conference win for us," said long-time Newell-Fonda coach Paul Loos. "We played solid defense and thats' what helped us to the win."
Nevertheless, Sioux Central held an 11-7 advantage in the first quarter. But Newell-Fonda outscored the Rebels 13-4 in the second quarter for a 20-15 lead at the half.
The Mustangs broke the game open in the third quarter, outscoring them 17-6 for a commanding 37-18 lead at the last break.
Senior post player Tim Seagren led Newell-Fonda with game-high 16 points. Peter Olsen added 12 and Chad Buchholz netted ten.
The Newell-Fonda defense forced Sioux Central into 21 turnovers, but the Mustangs committed 19 of their own.
Seagren added seven rebounds while senior guard Jared Neppl added six to go along with eight points.
Alex Rehnstrom and senior guard Cody Wiitmaack each netted a team-high ten points in the contest.
Combined with Alta's win over Pomeroy-Palmer, Newell-Fonda now stands alone atop the Northwest Conference standings with just one loss.
The Alta High boys basketball team stormed out of the gates early at home Friday night, but had to hold on in the last quarter for this win.
According to Cyclone coach Larry McNutt, his team led by 20 points with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter, but Pomeroy-Palmer had trimmed it to just one with a minute left.
"They started hitting some threes in the fourth quarter and we got a little out of control," McNutt said. "But it was nice to finally win a close game."
The closeness of the game might have been just what the doctor ordered for the Cyclones. He added that his team's last three losses, to Newell-Fonda, Storm Lake and Laurens-Marathon had all been by less than five points.
"We played extremely well in the first half," McNutt said. "They weren't shooting the ball well early and we were able to take advantage of that."
The Cyclones controlled the game inside most of the night, and it showed in the statistics.
Senior post player Justin DeMan finished with a game-high 22 points and 11 rebounds while his teammate in the post, senior Adam Pedersen, added 16 points and eight rebounds.
Thomas Hansen added eight points and guard Nick Nesbitt 5.
"Adam and Justin did a great job underneath all night," added McNutt. "We were able to get some key rebounds that led to second-chance points."
The Cyclones led 15-4 after one quarter, 34-17 at the half and 53-36 at the last break.
Brendan George led P-P with 15 points while Mike Aden added 12.
With the win, the Cyclones improved to 6-2 in Northwest Conference play and to 6-5 overall.
Sac City 58,
Despite 20 points from guard Justin Pyle, the Wildcats suffered a tough loss in this game.
It came after a win over Storm Lake-St. Mary's Thursday night in a game where S-C hit 11 three-point shots. For that reason, the defeat was a disappointment to Schaller-Crestland coach Jeremy Langner.
"Sac City just plain outworked us," he said. "When that happens, you get beat on the boards and you lose the battles to the loose balls. I give credit to Sac City; they worked hard in this game."
For Schaller-Crestland, Brian Bode added double figures with ten points while Adam Barlow added nine.
Sac City led 14-10 after the first quarter but the Wildcats were outscored just 12-11 in the second frame as they trailed 26-21 at the half. Sac City outscored Schaller-Crestland 13-12 in the third quarter and 19-16 in the fourth for the final margin.
Freshman post player Kiley Murra had a nice night on the boards, finishing with ten rebounds. Barlow added seven rebounds, all on the defensive end. Crucially, Schaller-Crestland made just six of 19 free throws.
"You've got to shoot free throws better than that," added Langner.
LAURENS - In a tight game throughout, Laurens Marathon edged the Alta High boys basketball team here Thursday night 57-55.
The Chargers' 6-foot-9 center, Ryan Sones, scored a game-high 22 points while teammates Brandon Bush and Shane Sindergaard each added 11.
"We had chance after chance to win this game a could not get it done.This team continues to play hard. We need to make free throws, especially early in the game to help us build bigger leads."
The Cyclones led 18-10 after the first quarter but were outscored 17-11 in the second quarter as the lead was trimmed to 29-27 at the half. The game was tied at 41 after three.