NEWELL - Newell-Fonda saw their unbeaten run come to an end at the hands of Class 3A's third-ranked Estherville-Lincoln Central Thursday night in a 60-47 final, but the Mustangs, ranked third in Class 1A, quickly bounced back with a 62-34 win over Prairie Valley Friday night.
A slow start put the Mustangs in a 17-4 hole after one against E-LC, but they would close within 39-35 heading into the final quarter of play.
The Midgets responded with a 21-12 fourth to get out of Newell with the win.
"This was a great test for us," said Newell-Fonda head coach Dick Jungers. "Our kids got down big early and I was very impressed at our girl's ability to get back into the game. We cut the lead to four twice and had chances to cut it even smaller, but we were not able to overcome the hump. I felt we did some things really well, but our mistakes on rebounding and defensive rotations were not good enough to win this one. Offensively, we had a lot of open looks. We just need to do a better job of knocking them down."
Renee Maneman led the Mustangs with 21 points on the night. Andrea Christensen had eight, Brianna Wells seven and Claudia Larsen six.
Emily Kirchner led the Midgets with 17 points. Allie Sievert added 16 and Sarah Heywood turned in 13.
Friday night saw the Mustangs build a 35-16 halftime lead to bounce back into the win column.
Christensen had a game-high 20 to lead the way. Wells knocked down a pair of threes on her way to 10 points, Taiyler Schrank knocked down three threes and Laursen had six points.
"Our girls did a great job of coming back from a tough outing from the night before to win the conference game against Prairie Valley," said Jungers. "We did a great job of moving the ball around on offense and creating scoring opportunities with our player movement and reading the available options."
The Mustangs improve to 12-1 overall with a 4-0 mark in league play. Newell-Fonda returns to action Tuesday night at St. Mary's.