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Mustangs spoil Panthers' season opener with 99-20 drubbing Tuesday

Thursday, November 29, 2007

This one got out of hand shortly after the opening tip. Newell-Fonda called off the dogs early, but it still wasn't competitive.

Rachel Culp scored a game-high 14 points, 15 different Mustangs entered the scoring column and 1A No. 13 N-F whipped Storm Lake St. Mary's 99-20 Tuesday in a matchup of last year's co-Northwest Conference girls basketball champs - with the Mustangs featuring all but two of their players from last year, and a deflated Panther club playing with an entirely new starting lineup.

The 'Stangs, featuring trademark relentless full-court pressure, led 33-4 after one period, 62-12 at intermission and 82-17 after three quarters.

"I am really proud of how our girls just got after St. Mary's and really made things difficult for them," said Mustangs coach Dick Jungers. "Our kids played the entire game as a team and did what was needed to be successful.

"Our team is working hard and getting better each time out, and that is what we need to continue to do."

N-F (2-0, 1-0 NWC) also got double digit scoring outputs from Susan Kies (13), Lauren Devereaux (12) and Katelyn Laursen (10).

Alisa Christensen added eight; Ellen Gruntorad, Jacki Peters and Katie Kaufman all had six; Beth Culp had five; Keisha Maneman, Karina Overgaard and Paige Vanderhoff all had four; Megan Juilfs had three; and Cheyenne Anderson and Becky Seivert both had two.

St. Mary's (0-1, 0-1) was paced by Jen Dimig's seven-point output.

Katie Wilson added five, Melanie Snyder and Rylee Paterson three apiece, and Anyssa Lenhart two.

St. Mary's heads to Clay Central-Everly tonight while Newell-Fonda goes to Pomeroy-Palmer Friday.

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