SIOUX RAPIDS - The top two girls basketball teams in the Northwest Conference squared off in Sioux Rapids Tuesday night, and the Newell-Fonda Mustangs showed why they hold a #2 ranking in the state as they overwhelmed the Rebels, 79-45.
The Mustangs dominated the first half of play, holding leads of 27-6 and 44-14 after the first two quarters.
"I was very pleased at how our girl's came out ready to go," said Newell-Fonda head coach Dick Jungers. "We passed the ball well and did a great job of attacking Sioux Central's defense and finding the open shooters. Our girls came with great intensity, and the focus to knock down the shots was a big factor in our success."
The Mustangs were scoring from everywhere on the court, as they shot 45% (30-66) from the field, including 10-23 from three-point range.
Lauren Devereaux led the way with a game-high 18 points, eight rebounds, and six steals. Katelyn Laursen and Becky Seivert each added 13 points apiece, and Rachel Culp rounded out the Mustang scorers in double figures, turning in 11 points and seven assists.
"I love the unselfish play, and the teamwork was outstanding," said Jungers. "We had tremendous balance, and the girl's are starting to step up and improving their play. Sioux Central is a very solid team and we did a lot of good things to take them out of what they like to do."
Brooke Scharn led Sioux Central with 16 points. Sophomore guard Grace Rehnstrom turned in 10 points and four rebounds.
The Rebels were 17-44 (39%) from the field and 9-15 (60%) at the line.
Newell-Fonda dominated the glass, out-rebounding Sioux Central 38-16.
The win moves the Mustangs to 11-1 overall and 7-0 in the NW Conference. They host Laurens-Marathon Friday night.
The Rebels move to 9-5 on the year and 6-2 in the NW Conference and will host Schaller-Crestland Friday night. Both games are set to tip-off at 6:30PM.