After a relatively slow starting first, the Mustangs led 10-5. They would extend that to 29-15 at half and 50-20 after three.
"We started very slow in this game," said N-F head coach Dick Jungers. "We were getting a lot of great looks in the first half but we were not finishing them. I was pleased with our defensive performance as we made everything difficult for St. Mary's and eventually we were able to wear them down in the second half. Give St. Mary's credit as they played hard and (Jasmine) Demers did a great job of creating scoring opportunities for her and her teammates. It also helped that we had some outside shot fall for us. We have good shooters on our team, but we just have not shot the ball extremely well yet, until the second half tonight."
Maneman got her 14 on 6-of-16 shooting and added two rebounds and three assists. Christensen was 6-of-8 and added three rebounds and three steals. Taiyler Schrank followed with nine points and three steals, Claudia Larsen had eight points and seven rebounds, Brianna Wells eight points, Jordan Wilken scored six and Hailey Falline five.
Newell-Fonda was 31-of-69 from the field, 9-of-26 from three and 6-of-13 at the line. They outrebounded the Panthers 39-to-27.
Jasmine Demers led the way for St. Mary's, hitting on 9-of-18 for a game-high 19 points. She turned in 13 rebounds and two blocks. Mackenzie Laven followed with five points and nine rebounds and Annie Flynn and Rachel Todd scored two apiece.
The Panthers (1-2) are at home tonight to take on GT-RA (3-1). Newell-Fonda (3-0) visits Laurens-Marathon (0-3) tonight.