NEWELL - Newell-Fonda, ranked 19th in Class 1A, overcame a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat 18th-ranked Sac City 74-71 in Northwest Conference play on Tuesday night at Newell.
Sac City led 65-52 midway through the fourth quarter. Jenny Scharn and Erin Kies each hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 68-62 with 2 minutes remaining. The Mustangs scored eight unanswered points in the next minute to take a 70-68 lead. Newell-Fonda outscored the Indians 28-15 in the fourth quarter, including a 12-3 spurt in the last 2 minutes of the game.
"Our girls showed a lot of mental toughness down the stretch," Newell-Fonda coach Jody Maske said. "It would have been easy to quit, but these girls chose to fight on. The intensity by both teams was extremely high. This was a big win for us. It puts us back in the thick of things in the conference race."
Newell-Fonda led 22-19 after the first quarter, but Sac City tied the score at halftime, 33-33. Sac City used a 23-13 spurt in the third quarter to grab a 56-46 lead entering the fourth period.
Scharn and Kies each scored 27 points to lead the Mustangs, now 9-2 overall. Ashley Bellinghausen collected 13 rebounds and Sara Larsen five. Ashey Loos charted eight assists and four steals, while Scharn tallied four steals. Newell-Fonda made 14 of 29 3-point shots to Sac City's 8 of 18. The Mustangs were 24 of 57 shooting.