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Big second half pushes St. Mary's past Mustangs

Thursday, January 15, 2009

NEWELL - The St. Mary's boys basketball team outscored Newell-Fonda 39-15 in the second half as they cruised on the road in Northwest Conference play Tuesday night 69-37.

The 69-point outburst is the Panthers' second highest total of the season as four different players reached double figures led by Connor Richardson who has been on fire since the holiday break.

Over the last four games, Richardson has averaged just under 19 points a game including a game-high 17 points and six steals against N-F.

Joining him double figures were Brendan Smith with 17 points and eight rebounds, Nathan Lenhart with 12 points and six steals, and Michael Ivey with 11 points, five steals, four assists, and four rebounds. Paul Yak added seven points and six steals.

In all, the high-intensity Panther defense came up with 26 steals against the Mustangs while committing just 10 turnovers over their own.

St. Mary's also won the rebounding battle 33 to 28.

Newell-Fonda was led by Alex Vanderhoff who finished with 11 points, four rebounds, and two blocks. Jack Reis added eight points and six rebounds.

After hitting 11 of 22 threes in their win over Alta on the fifth, the Mustangs have gone a combined 12 of 73 (16%) from beyond the arc in their last four games. They've also hit just 41% of their free throws in that same span.

Newell-Fonda (4-8,2-4 in NW Conf.) remains fifth overall in the conference while the Panthers (5-6, 3-3 in NW Conf.) holds the fourth spot trailing Alta who knocked off the conference leading Sioux Central boys Tuesday night. Laurens-Marathon sits in second.

The Mustangs are now off until the 20th when they take on the Rebels (8-1,6-1) in Sioux Rapids. The Panthers host Spalding tonight before hitting the road to take on Laurens-Marathon (6-1,5-1)Friday night. All three games tip off at 8PM.



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