The Newell-Fonda girls basketball team used a dominating defense forcing 43 turnovers in a convincing 69-39 win over 3-time defending state champion Springville in a quarter-final game of the class 1A state tournament. The Mustangs set the tone early forcing 13 turnovers in the first quarter alone as they jumped out to a 19-6 lead and they never looked back.
Ella Larsen scored 12 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and had seven steals, her sister Olivia Larsen scored 11 points, had nine steals, five rebounds, and four assists. Macy Sievers and Maggie Walker added ten points each for a Mustang offense that shot 34-percent from the field and had eleven different players score. Newell-Fonda had 74 shot attempts in the game making 25 including 8-for-32 from the arc. The Mustangs scored 47 points off of the 43 turnovers that they forced.
Springville shot 45-percent from the floor but they were only able to get 33 shots up for the game. They finish their year with a record of 16-7.
After the game Mustangs head coach Dick Jungers had the following comments.
The top ranked Mustangs, now 25-0, will play Marquette Catholic Friday at 1:30pm in the semi-final round. Marquette Catholic (22-2) won their quarter-final game over Clarksville 62-49. Friday’s game will be broadcast on 92.9FM KKIA starting at 1:15pm.