NEWELL - Jason Ripke tossed in 13 points to help power No. 7 Newell-Fonda past Storm Lake St. Mary's 65-47 on Friday night at Newell.
Newell-Fonda held a 12-10 lead after one quarter of play. The Mustangs outscored the Panthers 20-7 in the second quarter to grab a 32-17 lead at the half. Newell-Fonda held a 47-33 advantage after three periods of play.
St. Mary's closed the deficit to 52-45 with under 4 minutes remaining on an Eric Wordekemper 3-pointer, but that was as close as the Panthers would get. Beau Artist answered with a 3-pointer to push the Mustangs' lead back up to 10 at 55-45.
Jared Daniel and Alan Baskerville scored 10 points apiece for the Mustangs, now 8-1 overall. Bryce Edwards added eight.
Joe Fitzgerald scored 16 points to lead St. Mary's. Wordekemper was held to eight points - 14 below his average.
Kyle Drey collected nine rebounds and Fitzgerald five. Billy Mach had four assists and Tim Brown three. Wordekemper and Fitzgerald each had two steals for St. Mary's, now 2-5.
"We did a nice job on some of their outside shooters," Newell-Fonda coach Paul Loos said. "St. Mary's did a nice job of getting back in the game. It was nice to see our guys hold them off."
Sioux Central 66
Heath Brecher scored 18 points to lead four players in double figures as Aurelia knocked off Sioux Central in overtime in Northwest Conference play on Friday.
Sioux Central led 12-6 after the first quarter and 27-24 at halftime, but trailed 44-40 entering the fourth period. The game was tied at 60-60 at the end of regulation.
John Bentsen scored 17 points and cleared six rebounds for Aurelia. Eric Sonksen added 16 points, six rebounds and three assists, while Kasey Reilly contributed 13 points and seven assists. Brecher charted four steals and three assists. Bill Weathers had five rebounds.
Tyler Vaudt scored 25 points to lead all scorers for Sioux Central. Nate Wittmaack had 17 points and Jason Ferguson 16.
Aurelia was 22 of 32 from the free-throw line to Sioux Central's 16 of 19. A total of 44 fouls were called in the game, including 26 on Sioux Central.
Aurelia is now 4-5 overall.
"We came out and changed our defense against Vaudt and it slowed them down in the third quarter," Aurelia coach Jim Demers said. "Our kids just stuck with it and started getting after them on defense and started making their shots. Being aggressive on the offensive end was a big key for us. We had very good balance. They couldn't key on one guy."