Mustangs will play for state title Friday night

In a rematch of the 2014 state championship game the Newell-Fonda girls basketball team overcame a rough 1st quarter and beat Burlington Notre Dame 63-56 putting the Mustangs in the state championship game for the third straight year.

Newell-Fonda made only one of 15 shots in the first quarter and trailed 15-2 at one point before clawing back to trail 27-22 at the half.  The Mustangs would then outscore the Nikes 21-11 in the third quarter to take a 43-38 lead into the 4th quarter.  The Nikes cut it to one at 54-53 on a Riley Kilbride 3-pointer with 3:17 to go but the Mustangs scored the next nine points to bounce the lead to ten in the closing seconds before Courtney Coffin made a late three.

Erin Gerke was the Wells Ag Supply of Fonda player of the game as she turned in 18 points, 11 rebounds, and three assists and was 8 for 8 at the free throw line.  Briana Wells led all scorers with 19 and also had six steals.

Neither team shot the ball well from outside, the Mustangs were 2 for 15 from the arc, while the Nikes were 3 for 16.

The Mustangs defense forced 22 turnovers and held  the Nikes to their second lowest point total of the year.

Kilbride led Burlington Notre Dame with 17 points and they finish the year with a record of 24-2.

The Mustangs, who lost the title game to Burlington Notre Dame  last year (57-54) are now 22-4 and will play the winner of Thursdays Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton/Springville game Friday night at 6pm.

This will be Newell-Fonda’s sixth state championship game, they have the lost the previous five (1997, 2001, 2008, 2013, 2014).

Post game comments from coach Dick Jungers can be found in the coaches corner section of our website in the sports tab.