Newell-Fonda falls to Boyden-Hull
They finally met its match on the defensive end.
Newell-Fonda is so used to bottling up opponents with its stifling defense it's almost an oddity to see it done to them.
Boyden-Hull held the Mustangs to no field goals for the first 13 minutes of the game, nine first-half points, and 29.5 percent shooting to win the Class 1A state championship 49-35 on Friday night.
It was the Comets' first state title in five chances and the Mustangs' first title game loss in five appearances.
The Comets (26-2) scored the game's first seven points and were in command the rest of the way. The Mustangs (27-1) made four turnovers on their first four possessions and fell behind 9-3 early on.
The Comets scored eight unanswered points to take a 17-3 lead by the end of the first period. The Mustangs got two free throws from Matt Stauter and one from Jared Neppl.
The Comets' lead increased to 25-3 when Joe Heitritter made back-to-back 3-pointers. The Mustangs scored the last six points of the half to pull within 25-9 by the end of the first half.
Newell-Fonda made just 2 of 19 field goals for 10.5 percent in the half and committed nine turnovers. Aaron Kaufman's layup with 4:55 left in the half was the Mustangs' first basket of the game.
Newell-Fonda made a move in the third quarter. Alan Baskerville hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 30-18 and Eric Johnson's dunk made it 32-20.
Neppl sank a 3-pointer to trim the gap to 33-23 and Beau Artist closed a 16-8 quarter spurt with a basket to make it 33-25 at the end of the third period.
Newell-Fonda got as close as seven points at 37-30 on a Stauter 3-pointer with 6 1/2 minutes remaining, but a Blake Reinke bucket and two Wade Vander Maten free throws pushed the Comets' lead back up to 45-32.
Newell-Fonda finished the game 13 of 44 from the field for 29.5 percent. Boyden-Hull was 16 of 31 for 52 percent.
The Comets made 14 of 24 free throws to the Mustangs' 5 of 10.
Stauter was named to the all-tournament team after scoring 57 points in three games.