Newton High’s Cardinal girls wrapped up the basketball regular season over the weekend with back-to-back Little Hawkeye Conference games on the road.
They lost 54-41 to Indianola on Friday. Making up a contest on Saturday, the Cardinals dropped a 66-39 loss to Class 4A fourth-ranked Grinnell. Grinnell (17-2) is the 2019 Little Hawkeye Conference champion at 13-0.
Newton finished 2-12 in LHC play. The Cardinals (3-17) open Class 4A Region 4 play on Wednesday at Bondurant-Farrar (11-9). Tip-off is at 7 p.m. in Bondurant.
Indianola 54, Newton 41
It was a game of two halves on Friday. Newton High’s Cardinal girls controlled the first half but the hosting Indianola Indians used a 21-7 run in the third quarter to claim a 54-41 win over the Cardinals in Little Hawkeye Conference play.
‘We played as good as we have all year in the first half, especially defensively,” Newton head coach Jason Carter said. “Indianola came out with more intensity in the third quarter and we turned the ball over. Most of our turnovers in the game came in that quarter.”
Newton shot out to a 12-7 lead by the end of the first quarter and was up 22-15 at halftime. Indianola came out ramping up the defensive pressure and took advantage of Cardinal turnovers.
The Indians pushed out to a 36-29 advantage in the third quarter. The Cardinals battled back to make it 38-35 with 5:45 left in the game. They got no closer as Indianola stayed on top for the win.
Peyton Maher led the Cardinals with 12 points and four assists, Aurora Nehring had nine points and seven rebounds. Chassidy Henwood also pulled down seven rebounds and had six points.
Mackensie Brown added eight points. Rachel Rhoads tossed in five and Mackenzie Baker had one point.
Grinnell 66, Newton 39
The Cardinals were overpowered by the Tigers by halftime, 34-20, in Saturday’s LHC contest. Newton hung with 4A No. 4 Grinnell early, down 14-7 after one quarter. The Tigers outscored the Cardinals 32-21 in the second half to win 66-39.
Brown led Newton with 10 points followed by Maher with nine and Nehring with eight. Rhoads scored six points. Brooklyn Cupples had four and Henwood tossed in two points.
Grinnell got 20 points from Macy Harris, who reached the 1,000-point career milestone in the game, and 19 points from Naomi Jackson.
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