Eleventh-ranked Newell-Fonda used a 14-2 run over the final 5 minutes of the game to pull away and hand Storm Lake St. Mary's a 51-35 setback in a Northwest Conference game on Tuesday night at Newell.
Newell-Fonda jumped out to a 14-2 lead after the first quarter and held a 28-15 halftime lead. The Panthers used a 11-5 spurt in the third quarter to pull within 33-26 heading into the fourth period of play. The Panthers cut it to 37-33 with 5 minutes remaining before the Mustangs finished the game with a 14-2 spurt.
Kristen Culp led the Mustangs, now 5-0 in the league and 6-1 overall, with 13 points, including three 3-pointers. Jenny Scharn added 11 and Ashley Loos 10. Jennifer Schumann cleared six rebounds, while Ashley Bellinghausen charted four steals.
Steph Raulie scored 11 points to lead St. Mary's. Kassie Drey netted nine points. Michelle Drey had five rebounds, while Lindsay Clausen and Michelle Weaver each had four.
Newell-Fonda made 16 of 52 field goals for 31 percent. St. Mary's was 11 of 33 for 33 percent.
"We had an opportunity to put St. Mary's away right from the get go, but we failed to do so," Newell-Fonda coach Dick Jungers said. "Our kids played extremely hard, but we need to keep doing the little things like screening, getting to the right places, and boxing people out. We are continuing to improve at a steady pace. The game got a little sloppy at times with both teams committing a lot of turnovers."
"I thought we did a nice job of playing halfcourt defense during the middle portion of the game and controlling the tempo to allow us to cut the lead to four in the fourth quarter," St. Mary's coach Ryan Berg said. "We just had spurts at the beginning and the end of the game that we weren't able to control and that allowed them to get the lead that we couldn't overcome."
St. Mary's, now 1-3 in the league and 3-3 overall, made 21 turnovers. The Mustangs committed 18.
Sac City 54, Sioux Central 47
Bailey Minor scored 18 points to lead three players in double figures as Sac City, ranked 18th in Class 1A, held off an upset bid by Sioux Central in Northwest Conference play on Tuesday night.
Sac City led 13-11 after the first period and it was tied at 25-25 at halftime. The Indians led 41-38 heading into the fourth period. It was 47-45 with 3 minutes left to play, but Sioux Central had three straight possessions in which it didn't score. Two 3-point attempts and two missed front ends of free throws allowed Sac City to maintain the lead.
Brittany Kreft scored 14 points and Jamie Toliver 13 for the Indians.
Sioux Central was led by Amanda Enderton, who scored 15 points. Kelli Terrell netted 12 and Holly Beacom 10.
Beacom cleared 14 rebounds, while Enderton added six. Beacom and Katie Ehlers each tallied five assists. Beacom charted three steals.
Sioux Central made 14 of 37 field goals for 38 percent. Sac City was 21 of 52 from the field for 40 percent.
"It was never more than a four-point game until the end," Sioux Central coach Darren Piercy said. "It was 47-45 with 3 minutes left and we had three straight possessions where the score never changed. We missed two 3s and two front ends of one-and-one free throws and they made a couple of free throws to hang on. We were tired and they (the shots) all hit short."
Sioux Central is now 1-3 in the league and 2-4 overall.
Alta 50, Aurelia 43
Casi Flink finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals as Alta knocked off Aurelia in a Northwest Conference game played on Tuesday night at Aurelia.
Alta held a 9-6 lead after the first quarter of play, but trailed 23-21 at the halftime break. The Cyclones regained the lead at 30-28 heading into the fourth quarter.
Maggie Lichtenberg contributed 12 points and six rebounds for the Cyclones. Holly Leyden had nine points and Megan Bishop six points and eight rebounds. Emily Cameron was credited with three assists and three steals.
Alta made 20 of 61 field goals for 33 percent. Aurelia was 14 of 31 for 45 percent. Alta outrebounded the Bulldogs 35-14. Alta committed 29 turnovers and Aurelia made 25.
"This was a much-needed win for our team," Alta coach Mike Green said. "We played very well as a team."
Schaller-Crestland 55, Albert City-Truesdale 36
Schaller-Crestland remained unbeaten in the Northwest Conference as it saddled Albert City-Truesdale with a loss on Tuesday night at Schaller. The Wildcats are now 4-0 in the league.