PRAIRIE VALLEY - After dropping their first game of the season to a tough Manson Northwest Webster team before the break, the Newell-Fonda girls basketball team bounced back with two big road wins afterward.
Tuesday night saw the Mustangs top Prairie Valley 70-51 behind a well balanced offensive attack and relentless defensive pressure.
On the offensive end, 11 different Newell-Fonda girls scored in the game. Defensively, they came up with 21 steals and four blocks.
"This was a good test for us," said the Mustangs' head coach Dick Jungers. "We came out a bit sluggish but really put together two good quarters in the second and third and established our tempo of game."
Newell-Fonda led just 10-8 after one quarter of play, but they outscored Prairie Valley 45 to 24 in the second and third.
"I was pleased with the intensity, but we still have to do a better job on the defensive end and finishing our scoring opportunities," said Jungers. "But this was a nice road win for us."
Ellen Gruntorad led N-F with 12 points on the night. Lauren Devereaux and Becky Seivert both added ten apiece to go with nine and eight rebounds respectively. Devereaux also added a team high six steals.
Karina Overgaard added six points and nine rebounds while Rachel Culp turned in five points and seven assists.
In their matchup with Alta on Monday, the Mustang girls turned in a similar performance with 11 players making the score sheet again to go along with another 20-plus steal effort.
Gruntorad went off for 27 against the Cyclones including four of six from long range. Seivert turned in 11 to go with eight rebounds.
Culp turned in an impressive all around performance with six points, five rebounds, eight assists, and six steals.
Jordan Henningsen led the Cyclones with 14 points and seven rebounds on the night. Jessy Bibler had 11 points and eight rebounds to her credit. Emily Grieme totaled six points and eight rebounds.
"We really got after them(Alta)," said Jungers. "We still need to shore up our defense and get better chemistry, but it was a good night to get the rust off. Our girls played scrappy and really hustled after the balls."
The wins move the Mustangs to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the Northwest Conference. They head to Aurelia Friday night for a 6:30PM tip off with the Bulldogs (0-7).