Battling to the end every game, Newton High’s Cardinal boys are not giving up. They are still winless after two road losses over the weekend.
Newton’s season has been about bad stretches in each of it’s games, which allows opponents to get away from the Cardinals.
On Friday, the Cardinals gave up a 14-4 run in the first quarter to Indianola as the Indians pushed toward a 76-47 win in Little Hawkeye Conference. In a make-up game on Saturday, the bad stretch came in the second quarter to the Chariton Chargers. Newton trailed 17-15 at the end of the first quarter but was down 30-23 at halftime and the Chargers tallied a 72-60 win.
Newton (0-17) has three games this week to finish out the regular season. The Cardinals have a non-conference game at 7:30 p.m. on Monday at Winterset.
The Cardinals are 0-12 in LHC play with two rescheduled conference games this week — at home against Oskaloosa on Tuesday and at Grinnell on Friday.
Indianola 76, Newton 47
The Cardinals broke out to a 4-1 lead against host Indianola. The Indians proved too much in the long run as the Cardinals lost 76-47 on Friday night.
Indianola, which is 13-3 overall now and 8-3 in the conference, broke open a back-and-forth game to lead 19-8 at the end of the first quarter. The Indians outscored the Cardinals 18-12 in the second period to lead 37-20 at the break.
The Indians rolled on a 27-10 scoring surge in the third quarter for a 64-30 lead. The Cardinals finished off the game on a 17-12 run but the damage had been done.
Newton shot 43 percent, 20-of-46, from the field, but Indianola was 31-of-61 including 10 3-pointers, for 50 percent. Indianola also had a 37-25 rebounding advantage.
The Cardinals did share the ball with 17 assists with Noah Allen dishing out five. Adam Mattes fired in 17 points followed by Allen’s eight and Kaleb Dydell’s seven. Dydell had five rebounds and three assists.
McKenna Davis and Kyle Long each scored four points for Newton. Caleb Lawson and Quintrail Coley had two points apiece.
Evan Gauger led Indiana with 25 points. Quinn Vesey and Tyce Johnson had 16 points each and Matt Dieke added 10 points.
Chariton 72, Newton 60
Newton was close all night, down by two points after one quarter of play. Chariton used a 13-8 second quarter surge to get a little breathing room and was able to stave off challenges by the Cardinals for the 72-60 win.
Down 30-23 at halftime, the Cardinals stayed right with the Chargers in a 22-20 third quarter which left Chariton up 52-43. The Chargers outscored the Cardinals 20-17 in the final eight minutes.
Newton had four players score in double figures led by Long and Allen with 13 points each. Mattes and Dydell had 11 points apiece. Logan Schilling added eight points. Davis and Coley had two points each.
Allen dished out eight assists. Coley grabbed six rebounds and Dydell had five rebounds.
The Chargers were paced by Nathan Weaver with 33 points. Will Swarthout had 11 points.
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