Newton freshman girls win at home

NEWTON — With very few games under their belts, Newton’s freshman girls came out strong at home Saturday against Pella Christian. The Cardinals turned an 8-0 first-quarter lead into a 39-23 victory over the Eagles.

“This was a great team effort,” said Tara Zehr, Newton assistant coach. “The girls played hard, rebounded well and scored often on fastbreak opportunities.”

Newton led Pella Christian 20-10 at halftime.

After three quarters, the Cardinals were up 27-16. The NHS freshman girls have only lost one game this season.

Ryanne Rausch had a game-high 13 points for the Cardinals. Courtney Jacobsen fired in 10 points and Taylor Shipley had seven points.

Also scoring for Newton were: Ellie Horn with four, Morgan Allen and Mackenzie Hansen with two points each, and Kaitlyn Barnes with one point.

The freshmen were to have played at Dallas Center-Grimes today. The game was cancelled because both schools were not in session today because of the severe cold weather.