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No. 5 Cub girls whip Rams, Eagles in HOIC play

BONDURANT – A rough second half on offense proved costly for Nevada in a 44-33 non-conference loss at Bondurant-Farrar Saturday.

In a battle between two top-10 Class 3A teams, Nevada started strong and then ran into a wall offensively in the second half.

Nevada (14-4) accounted for more than half of its scoring production in the first quarter. The fifth-ranked Cubs raced out to a 19-12 lead and by halftime, their advantage was 27-21.

But nothing went right in the third quarter.

Nevada was held scoreless in the period by a tough Bluejay defense. That allowed eighth-ranked Bondurant-Farrar to move in front by a 31-27 score.

The fourth quarter wasn’t much better for the Cubs as they only produced six points. Bondurant-Farrar was able to pull away behind its strong defense to improve to 14-3.

The Cubs ended up shooting just 29 percent from the floor (10 of 35) and they were only 2 of 14 from 3-point range. Nevada did do well from the line, making 11 of 15 free throws.

Nevada also outrebounded Bondurant-Farrar by a 28-23 margin. They Cubs had nine blocks and six steals on defense and they held Bondurant-Farrar to 36-percent shooting from the field.

Kati Cassabaum and Jessica Helton played well for Nevada in defeat.

Cassabaum scored 13 points after making 4 of 7 field goals and 5 of 9 free throws. She also racked up an impressive eight blocks and added seven rebounds, four steals and one assist.

Helton finished with 10 points and seven rebounds. She also led Nevada in assists with three and added one steal.

Abby Stephenson finished with four points and Megan Pringnitz, Emma Lodestein and Raegan Saunders scored two apiece.

Ashley Burrows had 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals and Madi Atzen finished with 13 points, three rebounds and one assist for Bondurant-Farrar. Emma Gaber added seven points, Emily Wilson scored six and Keely Bycroft tacked on four points and nine rebounds for the Bluejays.

Bondurant-Farrar 44, Nevada 33

N 19 8 0 6 – 33

BF 12 9 10 13 – 44

Nevada (33) – Claire Ausman 0-6 0-0 0, Abby Stephenson 2-5 0-0 4, Megan Pringnitz 0-4 2-2 2, Emma Lodestein 0-2 2-2 2, Raegan Saunders 1-1 0-0 2, Jessica Helton 3-10 2-2 10, Kati Cassabaum 4-7 5-9 13, Christine Ausman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 10-35 11-15 33. 3-point field goals (2): Helton 2. Rebounds (28): Helton 7, Cassabaum 7. Assists (7): Helton 3. Steals (6): Cassabaum 4. Blocks (9): Cassabaum 8.

Bondurant-Farrar (44) – Emma Gaber 2-5 2-2 7, Lexi Atzen 0-4 0-1 0, Emily Wilson 0-3 6-12 6, Madi Atzen 3-4 5-6 13, Ashley Burrows 6-11 1-4 14, Amy Stock 0-0 0-0 0, Keely Bycroft 2-9 0-0 4. Totals: 13-36 14-25 44. 3-point field goals (4): M. Atzen 2, Gaber, Burrows. Rebounds (23): Bycroft 9. Assists (5): Burrows 3. Steals (8): Burrows 3. Blocks: None.

JEFFERSON – A fantastic start to each half allowed Nevada to roll to its 14th Heart of Iowa Conference victory by handing Greene County a 57-22 drubbing Friday in Jefferson.

The Cubs outscored Greene County 21-5 in the first quarter en route to a 31-9 lead at the half. Nevada broke the game open in the third period, outscoring the Rams 17-6 to put the game away and remain in first place of the HOIC with a 14-1 conference record.

Nevada was hot offensively for two quarters, but the Cub defense was fantastic all game. Greene County shot an abysmal 6 of 40 from the field (15 percent) thanks to Nevada’s great defensive pressure and the shot-blocking presence of centers Kati Cassabaum and Christine Ausman.

Nevada shot 46 percent from the field and made 10 of 13 free throws. The Cubs also outrebounded the Rams by a 31-25 margin.

Cassabaum finished with an impressive seven blocks and she also posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Jessica Helton led Nevada in scoring with 12 points and she added four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Abby Stephenson came off the bench to score nine points and tally four rebounds and one steal and fellow freshman Claire Ausman put up seven points, two assists and one steal. Megan Pringnitz also scored seven points and she added five rebounds, two assists and one block.

Emma Lodestein scored six points; Alli Fey finished with four points, four assists and two steals and Christine Ausman delivered two points and four of Nevada’s 12 blocks.

Kayla Mobley ended up with 10 points and eight rebounds for Greene County in a losing effort.

Nevada 57, Greene County 22

N 21 10 17 9 – 57

GC 5 4 6 7 – 22

Nevada (57) – Claire Ausman 2-10 2-2 7, Abby Stephenson 4-7 0-1 9, Megan Pringnitz 2-4 1-2 7, Emma Lodestein 3-5 0-1 6, Raegan Saunders 0-0 0-0 0, Alli Fey 2-5 0-0 4, Jessica Helton 3-9 5-5 12, Kati Cassabaum 4-5 2-2 10, Amaris Hornbuckle Christine Ausman 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 21-46 10-13 57. 3-point field goals (5): Pringnitz 2, Cl. Ausman, Stephenson, Helton. Rebounds (31): Cassabaum 11. Assists (16): Fey 4. Steals (8): Fey 2, Helton 2. Blocks (12): Cassabaum 7.

Greene County (22) – Emma Saddoris 0-1 0-0 0, Thea Ballard 1-3 0-0 2, Allie Stoline 0-4 0-0 0, Abby Bravard 0-1 0-0 0, Stacy Mears 1-5 0-0 3, Marissa Promes 1-4 0-0 2, Emily Christensen 1-5 0-1 3, Jolee Wessling 0-6 2-2 2, Kayla Mobley 2-9 6-6 10, Hannah Onken 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 6-40 8-9 22. 3-point field goals (2): Mears, Christensen. Rebounds (25): Mobley 8. Assists (3): Bravard, Christensen, Mobley. Steals (9): Mears 2, Wessling 2. Blocks: None.

SAYDEL – Big games from Kati Cassabaum and Emma Lodestein lifted Nevada to a 51-38 Heart of Iowa Conference road win over Saydel Jan. 28.

Cassabaum achieved the rare feat of a triple-double and Lodestein had a season-best scoring night to help the Cubs earn their eighth victory in succession.

Nevada led 26-21 at the half. The Cubs stepped it up defensively in the third period to build a 39-28 lead; and in the fourth quarter; they never let Saydel make a big run, in wrapping up the victory.

Cassabaum was phenomenal as she scored 12 points, ripped down an impressive 18 rebounds and racked up a spectacular 10 blocks. Cassabaum shot 5 of 10 from the field and she also came away with three steals and an assist.

“Kati had a great all-around night,” Nevada head coach Kristin Meyer said. “She has worked to improve her rebounding positioning on both ends of the court and that really showed tonight. Her shot-blocking ability also allows us to extend our guards on defense because she’s able to stop most girls who get to the line.”

Lodestein was Nevada’s leading scorer with 15 points. She made 7 of 12 field goals and also contributed three rebounds, two assists and one block.

“Emma had a big third quarter, going 4 of 4 from the field and adding a free throw,” Meyer said. “Our guards attack the lane well and when Emma’s defender stopped their penetration, they found Emma by the basket.”

The tremendous play by Cassabaum and Lodestein allowed Nevada to win convincingly, despite not making a single 3-pointer.

“It was good for us to be forced to score inside and not rely on the 3-point shot,” Meyer said.

Ally Fey finished with eight points, three assists and one steal and Abby Stephenson added seven points and one steal for Nevada. Jessica Helton finished with five points, three assists and two steals and Megan Pringnitz put up four points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal and she also registered three of Nevada’s 15 blocks on the night.

Nevada’s great interior defensive play resulted in Saydel shooting just 24 percent from the field (12 of 51). The Cubs also benefitted from the Eagles’ poor free-throw shooting as Saydel was a shaky 11 of 35 from the charity stripe.

Cassie Chubb had 12 points and three steals and Emma Bowman finished with 12 points, four rebounds, one steal, one block and one assist to lead Saydel. Brooklyn Allgood chipped in four points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Eagles.

Nevada 51, Saydel 38

N 11 15 13 12 – 51

S 6 15 7 10 – 38

Nevada (51) – Claire Ausman 0-2 0-0 0, Abby Stephenson 1-2 5-6 7, Megan Pringnitz 1-3 2-2 4, Emma Lodestein 7-12 1-3 15, Raegan Saunders 0-0 0-0 0, Alli Fey 3-8 2-3 8, Jessica Helton 1-6 3-4 5, Kati Cassabaum 5-10 2-4 12, Christine Ausman 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 18-44 15-22 51. 3-point field goals: None. Rebounds (33): Cassabaum 18. Assists (12): Fey 3, Helton 3. Steals (8): Cassabaum 3. Blocks (15): Cassabaum 10.

Saydel (38) – Katelyn McEachron 1-4 0-0 2, Emma Bowman 3-7 4-7 12, Jordan Johnson 1-7 1-4 4, Sadie Thompson 0-0 0-0 0, Lizzy Miklus 1-4 0-4 2, Brooklyn Allgood 1-11 2-10 4, Cassie Chubb 5-12 2-4 12, Gabbie Richards 0-6 2-6 2. Totals: 12-51 11-35 38. 3-point field goals (3): Bowman 2, Johnson. Rebounds (32): Miklus 7. Assists (7): Allgood 4. Steals (10): Allgood 3, Chubb 3. Blocks (1): Bowman.

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