#4 Mustang girls’ defense holds St. Edmond to three second half points in win

Friday, January 12, 2018

NEWELL - The pressure defense of Newell-Fonda led to turnovers and bad decisions from the Gaels on Tuesday night as the Mustangs jumped out to a big lead early and never looked back, taking a 67-22 decision.

NF jumped out to a 15 point lead after the first quarter, 20-5. If it wasn’t for the 14 second quarter points allowed by the Mustangs, they may have enjoyed a bigger halftime advantage, the score reading 45-19. Newell-Fonda continued to ramp up the defense, holding the Gaels to a single point in the third quarter, going to the final frame up 60-20. Both teams played out the stretch in the fourth.

“Our kids came out and did a great job of creating turnovers and making it challenging for St. Eds to get into an offensive rhythm,” NF coach Dick Jungers said. “I felt we did a great job of moving the basketball around on offense and taking what the defense gave us.”

NF junior Olivia Larsen had a game high 18 points, four rebounds and eight assists. Freshman Ella Larsen was the other Mustang in double figures with 12 points and she also had five rebounds. Freshman Maggie Walker came off of the bench with seven points, five rebounds and a blocked shot.

“We saw the floor well and when we had opportunities our kids did a great job of finishing,” Jungers said.

Newell-Fonda improves to 11-0 on the season. They stepped out of conference again on Thursday night as they played host to Estherville-Lincoln Central. Tonight they head to 0-9, 0-4 West Bend-Mallard, getting back to Twin Lakes Conference play.

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