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Cardinal girls drop close one to Nevada in 2 OT

Newton High senior Abbie Barr (4) plays defense against Knoxville in Saturday’s game at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The Cardinal girls had a strong defensive showing at Nevada on Tuesday, losing in double overtime.
Newton High senior Abbie Barr (4) plays defense against Knoxville in Saturday’s game at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The Cardinal girls had a strong defensive showing at Nevada on Tuesday, losing in double overtime.

NEVADA — Scoring one point in a 13-minute span, Newton High’s Cardinal girls still had an opportunity to win Tuesday’s non-conference basketball game against host Nevada.

“Our defense was really good. They struggled to score the ball against us. Just think about it, we had our patented quarter we don’t score — one point from the four-minute mark of the second quarter to the seven-minute mark of the fourth quarter,” Newton head coach Jason Carter said, “and we still were in position to win the game.”

The Cardinals came from five points down with two minutes left in regulation, tied the game at 31-all. The teams went to overtime, both scoring four points for a 35-35 deadlock. The Cardinals and Cubs went to a second overtime with the Cubs winning 42-39.

“We had a good look at a 3-pointer to tie it at the end, but it rattled out. The girls fouled at the right time and Nevada hit one of two free throws and we had what we wanted,” Carter said.

With the loss, Newton dropped to 2-9 on the season. The Cardinals step back into Little Hawkeye Conference play in a home game against Indianola at 6:15 p.m. on Friday. They are 1-5 in LHC action.

It will be Newton’s Armed Forces Recognition Night. All veterans and active military personnel will be admitted free to the game that night. They will also be invited down to the floor for a special recognition during the National Anthem before the boys’ game.

Newton led the Cubs 10-7 at the end of the first quarter but Nevada outscored Newton 12-8 to take a 19-18 halftime lead. Then came the third quarter when the Cardinals could only manage one point, but they held the Cubs to four points.

Down 23-19 heading into the fourth quarter, the Cardinals rallied for 12 points and held the Cubs to eight.

“I thought we rebounded the ball really well tonight. Our defense was good as the girls were communicating well,” Carter said. “We went to the free-throw line 27 times which just shows how hard the girls are playing. They’ve gotten aggressive and attacking the pressure to get to the line. We just have to knock those down better.”

Peyton Maher had 15 points for the Cardinals, hitting two 3-pointers and going 6-of-7 from the line. Aurora Nehring had nine points.

Nevada (5-9) was led by Kacie Rewerts with 18 points and Addison Vorm added 11 points. The Cubs were 8-of-17 from the line.

Newton 10-8-1-12-4-4—39

Nevada 7-12-4-8-4-7—42

Newton (FG/3-pt): Barr 1-1-5-3, A. Nehring 3-3-2-9, Rhoads 0/1-3-2-6, Brown 1-2-5-4, Baker 1-0-4-2, Maher 2/2-6-0-15. TOTALS: 8/3-15-18-39.

Nevada (FG/3-pt): Mosinski 1-0-3-2, Long 0-0-4-0, Tuhr 0-0-1-0, Fortmann 1/1-3-4-8, Dunham 0-0-1-0, Rewerts 8-2-1-18, Gibson 0-0-4-0, Mailey 0/1-0-2-3, Vorm 2/2-3-0-11. TOTALS: 12/4-8-20-42.

Contact Jocelyn Sheets at
641-792-3121 ext. 6535 or jsheets@newtondailynews.com

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