Mustang girls roll against Kuemper, win battle of undefeated teams against WC

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

NEWELL/MOVILLE - It was another night of pressure defense forcing turnovers for the Newell-Fonda girls on Thursday night as they played host to Kuemper Catholic. The Mustangs remained unbeaten with a 73-39 victory.

“This was a good win for us as we were able to force a lot of turnovers and created some more scoring opportunities with our defense,” N-F Coach Dick Jungers said.

The Mustangs jumped out to a 15-point lead after the first quarter, 24-9. They continued to build on their edge by outscoring Kuemper by 15 again in the second frame, going up 49-19 at the break.

Newell-Fonda’s offense slowed in the third quarter with a 12 point effort but led by 35 going to the fourth, 61-26. The two teams played out the stretch as Newell-Fonda cruised the rest of the way.

Junior Megan Morenz once again had the high score for N-F with 13 points. Sophomore Ella Larsen had 11 points, eight rebounds and five steals. Senior Emma Stewart added 11 points, sophomore Bailey Sievers 10 points and six rebounds and sophomore Maggie Walker nine points. Senior Olivia Larsen had nine points, six rebounds, six assists and eight steals to stuff the stat sheet.

“I was very pleased with the balanced scoring and our ability to create good looks. We were able to extend a lot of possession by getting offensive rebounds,” Jungers said.

Friday night saw Newell-Fonda travel for an undefeated showdown with Woodbury Central. The Mustangs got off to a quick start and was able to do enough to take a 16-point win over the Wildcats, 60-44 to go to their break with a 9-0 record.

“This was an intense battle between two very good undefeated teams. We were able to jump out to a 14 point lead and we had a harder time creating greater separation,” Jungers said. “Their defense was very good and long and we had a hard time finishing our good looks.”

The Mustangs started the game on a 14-0 run in the first 2:30 and held a 13-point edge after the opening frame, 19-6. Woodbury Central held N-F to seven second quarter points to trim that lead to just nine going to the break, 26-17.

The top ranked Mustangs got their offense going against in the third quarter, scoring 20 points and getting their lead up to 17 going to the fourth, 46-29. Woodbury Central never threatened in the fourth as Newell-Fonda took the battle of the unbeatens.

Olivia Larsen had 18 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and three steals to lead the way. Ella Larsen picked up a double-double as she had 11 points and 11 rebounds to go with five assists, four steals and two blocked shots. Sophomore Maggie Walker came off of the bench with 11 points and five boards.

“I felt our defense was very solid and our offense did a good job of moving the ball and getting good looks,” Jungers said. “This was a good test on the road to see where we are at. This is a great way to go into the holiday break.”

Newell-Fonda will be back on the hardwood on January 4 when they head to Pocahontas Area.

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