You can’t fault Newell-Fonda basketball fans if they plan their schedules around the first week of March. For the sixth time in the last eight seasons the Mustangs girls basketball team will be playing in the 1A state tournament thanks to Monday nights 57-46 win over Turkey Valley in their regional final game played at Clarion.
Briana Wells scored 12 of her team high 14 points in the second half, Erin Gerke and Abby Smith each tallied eleven, and Maddi Morenz chipped in with nine points.
The Mustangs went on a 14-1 run over the final five minutes of the first half to take a 26-17 lead at the half. They would bump that lead to 31-19 early in the 3rd but that is when Turkey Valley’s defense fueled a 16-5 run and the Trojans held the Mustangs without a field goal for more than five minutes as the score was 36-35 Mustangs heading into the final quarter. The one point deficit was as close as the Trojans would get however, Wells’ third three pointer of the game bumped the lead back to 44-35 with six to go and the Mustangs held off Turkey Valley the rest of the way.
Shelby Reicks scored a game high 19 points and the Trojans end the year with a 23-2 record.
The Mustangs (20-4) will face Colo-Nesco (23-1) in the first round of the state tourney Monday, March 2nd at 10am. The game will be broadcast on Mix 101.7 KAYL, and streamed at stormlakeradio.com