HOLSTEIN - The #2 Newell-Fonda girls' basketball team passed their final regular season test with flying colors, cruising over a veteran Galva-Holstein team, 77-66.
The game was in hand rather quickly as the Mustangs raced out to a 22-6 first quarter lead that was extended to 50-25 at the end of the half. The Lady Pirates were able to chip away at that lead, outscoring N-F 36-27 in the second half, but the Mustangs' first half onslaught was more than enough to secure the win.
"This was a great test right before tournaments," said Newell-Fonda head coach Dick Jungers. "Our girl's came out and really got after Galva and built up a sizable lead. Give Galva credit they fought back hard in the second half and made a game of it. I was pleased with our first half intensity, but we have to do a better job of defending than we did in the second half."
The Mustangs were lead by double-digit scoring efforts from Katelyn Laursen (17) and Lauren Devereaux (12). Ellen Gruntorad, Alisa Christensen, and Rachel Culp each added nine apiece. Culp had a team high seven assists while Devereaux grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
Newell-Fonda finished 33-68 (49%) from the field and 7-13 from the foul line.
Heather Joslin paced Galva-Holstein with 20 points on the night.
The victory pushes the Mustangs' season record to a remarkable 19-1 with a perfect 12-0 mark in the Northwest Conference.
Newell-Fonda carries a 14-game win streak into tonight's regional opener against Twin River Valley (4-12). Tip-off in Newell is scheduled for 7PM.