N-F holds off charge by young Alta girls 

Monday, January 21, 2008

ALTA-- The Alta girls had everything but time on Friday, falling to the Newell-Fonda Mustangs 70-64 on Friday.

Alta trailed the conference-leading Mustangs by as much as 16 during the game, but rallied late with a slew of three-pointers to slash the lead to four, but the Mustangs held their composure to win 70-64 to push their record to 13-1.

Newell has risen to sixth in the Class 1A state rankings.

"It was a great first quarter, with back-and-forth scoring, but in the second quarter our shots weren't falling and we had only four points," Alta coach Jeannie Henningsen said.

"This was a great test for our girls. We didn't play sharp, but we did enough things to pull out the win," said Newell coach Dick Jungers. "I was proud of how our kids fought to the end and won in a tough environment. Alta played a great game and did a great job of fighting back. We need to do a better job with our rebounding and shutting down the penetrating lanes."

Susan Kies led N-F with 15, as Rachel Culp added 13. Becky Seivert had 11, Ellen Gruntorad had eight, Alisa Christensen and Lauren Devereaux both with seven.

Jordan Henningsen led Alta with 26, and Jessy Bibler contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds. Courtney VanHaaften and Ann Curbow had four points each.

For most of the game, Alta had four freshmen on the floor. "I was very proud of how the girls played tonight. They just ran out of time," Henningsen said.

Newell-Fonda is 10-1 in the conference; Alta 5-6. Alta will play Cherokee tonight. Newell hosts Schaller-Crestland Tuesday.

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