#8 Mustangs ward off a game Rebels team on the road
SIOUX RAPIDS - The Sioux Central girls had Newell-Fonda in their sights on Friday night as they were able to keep pace and nearly upend the eighth best team in 1A, but the Mustangs managed to escape with a 58-52 win.
The Rebels controlled the game in the first half, only trailing twice, as they took a 20-19 lead after the first quarter. The two teams both scored 10 in the second, the Rebels keeping that point lead at the break, 30-29. Both teams kept fighting back and forth with Newell-Fonda claiming the lead late in the third frame at 42-40, and never trailing for the rest of the night. NF used a 7-0 run to help them take a 45-40 lead to the final frame. Sioux Central pulled within one late in the game at 53-52, but Mustang junior Olivia Larsen hit a key basket to put the game out of reach.
“This was a good test tonight as we really struggled to find flow and consistency on both ends of the floor. I was pleased that we were able to find a way to win tonight,” NF coach Dick Jungers said. “Our girls did a great job of fighting hard and creating some scoring opportunities. Sioux Central attacked us well and took advantage of us being hesitant at times.”
Larsen led the Mustangs with a double-double, scoring 24 points on 10-for-18 shooting and pulled down 12 rebounds to go along with five assists, five steals and two blocks. Sophomore Megan Morenz added 16 points and five rebounds. Freshman Ella Larsen had seven points, four rebounds, four assists and five steals.
The Rebels were led by senior Dani Boettcher’s game high of 27 points on 10-for-14 shooting. She also hauled in 10 rebounds for the double-double and had two steals and two blocks. Senior Shera Smith added 18 points with 10 of those coming at the free throw line. Sophomore Karly Boettcher added three points as senior Amy Raner and sophomore Kally Fahnlander both had two points.
Newell-Fonda improves to 3-0 on the year. They will head to 2-1 Pocahontas Area on Tuesday night. Sioux Central played against Spencer on Saturday night and won, 44-39 to improve to 2-3. They will be at 2-2 Alta-Aurelia on Tuesday night.