N-F's state magic continues

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Mustangs advance to 1A semifinals with 58-46 win over HLV

The Big Three statistics worked in Newell-Fonda's favor again.

The Mustangs shot and made more free throws, committed fewer turnovers and outrebounded its opponent in posting a 58-46 victory over HLV of Victor in the first round of the state tournament Monday.

Newell-Fonda, now 26-0, will play Bellevue Marquette (25-1) in the semifinals on Thursday at 12:15 p.m.

Newell-Fonda made 17 of 26 free throws to HLV's 6 of 9, committed 12 turnovers to HLV's 16, and outrebounded the Warriors 40-30.

The Mustangs jumped out to a 6-0 lead early in the game. HLV did not score its first points until the 4:02 mark of the first quarter.

Back-to-back baskets by Jared Neppl gave Newell-Fonda a 10-4 lead with 3 minutes left in the first stanza.

Neppl's steal and layup put the Mustangs ahead 12-6 with under 2 minutes remaining. Moments later, Matt Stauter made back-to-back layups to give the Mustangs a 16-6 lead.

Newell-Fonda led by that margin after the first period despite 6-foot-8 center Eric Johnson picking up two fouls in the first 2 minutes of the game.

Ben Beran's 3-point play cut the Mustangs' lead to 19-11, but Alan Baskerville answered with a 3-pointer to push it back up to an 11-point game at 22-11.

HLV scored six unanswered points to pull within 22-17 when Brandon Phelps banked in a shot. Beran's outside shot cut the deficit to 23-19 with a little over 2 minutes left before halftime.

Beran's turnaround jumper after a Newell-Fonda timeout trimmed the deficit to 23-21. The Mustangs led by that score at halftime.

A big play occurred in the third quarter when Stauter made a shot and was fouled by Beran, his third personal. Stauter finished the 3-point play for a 28-24 lead.

A basket by Johnson, who was fouled and made the free throw, gave the Mustangs a 33-26 lead with 4:31 left in the third period.

Stauter scored inside to give the Mustangs a 35-27 lead with a little over 3 minutes left.

A Stauter steal and layup, and a layup by Beau Artist, gave the Mustangs a 42-29 lead at the 1:24 mark. The Mustangs led 44-31 heading into the fourth.

An offensive putback by Tim Seagren gave the Mustangs their biggest lead at 49-34 midway through the fourth. HLV never got closer than 10.

Stauter finished with 25 points to lead Newell-Fonda. Neppl, Artist and Aaron Kaufman all had six apiece. Austin Wells had nine rebounds.

Beran had 11 points and 15 rebounds for HLV. Aaron Timm had 11 and Nick Blomme 10.

Newell-Fonda made 20 of 52 field goals for 39 percent. HLV was 18 of 51 for 35 percent.

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