Playing the best teams offers opportunities for Newton High’s Cardinal girls to become a better basketball team. The Cardinals are in the right conference as the Little Hawkeye Conference has five teams ranked with three in Class 4A, Class 5A top-ranked Indianola and one ranked in 2A.
Senior Courtney Jacobsen connected from outside the 3-point arc with 58 seconds left in the first quarter for Newton High’s first basket of the game. The Cardinals were still in the game Friday against Class 4A top-ranked Pella.
The Cardinals trailed the Lady Dutch 8-4 at the end of the first quarter. They kept battling through the second stanza to face a 10-point halftime deficit.
“It was that third quarter when the game got completely away from us,” Newton head coach Brandon Sharp said after the Cardinals lost 70-35 to the visiting Lady Dutch in Little Hawkeye Conference play. “We competed, but our shots didn’t fall like they did Tuesday.”
Newton was down 22-9 midway through the second quarter. Senior Ryanne Rausch scored but it was back-to-back 3-pointer by Jacobsen and junior Taylor Ryan which cut the deficit to seven, 24-17 with 2:32 left in the period. Pella held a 29-19 halftime lead.
The Lady Dutch used a 13-0 run to stretch out the margin as the third quarter began. The Lady Dutch outscored the Cardinals 18-3 in the period for a 47-22 lead heading into the fourth period.
“It was another opportunity to play one of the best teams to become better ourselves,” Sharp said. “We tried to go with a slower-paced offense in the second half to stay in the game. We didn’t execute it as well as we needed to and our level at the defensive end suffered.”
Sharp said it was nice to get Jacobsen going early in the game. Jacobsen hit four 3-pointers on her way to 12 points. Rausch had 12 points, six rebounds and two assists.
Newton had 24 turnovers. Pella held a 37-30 edge in rebounding.
Kiara Bradley tossed in 25 points and Emily Holterhaus added 17 points.
Pella won the junior varsity game, 36-24. Anna Coyle and Emily Valtman each scored seven points for Newton while Abbie Barr had five points.
Newton (1-4 LHC) plays against Norwalk in LHC play at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at home.
Newton (FG/3-pt); Rausch 3-6-1-12, Walters 0-0-1-0, Marvelli 0/1-0-1-3, Ryan 0/1-0-1-3, Shipley 0-0-1-0. Jacobsen 0/4-0-3-12, Horn 1-1-0-3, Bestell 0-0-2-0, Blom 0-2-0-2. TOTALS: 4/6-9-10-35.
Pella (FG/-3-pt): Lambert 0/1-0-0-3, Pingl 2-4-1-8, K.Bradley 10/1-2-2-25, Buchheit 1/1-0-2-5, VanderMolen 1-0-1-2, Parks 0/1-0-0-3, VanVliet 2-1-3-5, Holterhaus 8-1-2-17, Miller 0-0-1-0, C. Bradley 0-0-2-0, Held 1-0-0-2. TOTALS: 25/4-8-14-70.
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