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No. 8 Cub girls claim two road wins

COLFAX – Tremendous balance helped the Nevada girls’ basketball team decimate Colfax-Mingo by a 72-29 score Friday in Colfax.

The Cubs, ranked No. 8 in Class 3A, rolled to their third-straight victory after a season opening loss to Boone. They used a 26-point second quarter and great defense to build a 41-8 lead at the half, and then coasted the rest of the way to improve to 3-1 overall and 3-0 in the Heart of Iowa Conference.

Five different players scored in double figures for Nevada in the victory. As a team, the Cubs shot 51 percent from the field, tallied 19 assists on 30 field goals and converted on five 3-pointers and 7 of 9 free throws.

On defense Nevada produced 17 steals and four blocks. The Cubs also outrebounded the Tigerhawks by a 26-20 margin.

Megan Pringnitz led Nevada’s well-rounded attack with 16 points. Pringnitz made four 3-pointers and she also pulled down eight rebounds, dished out six assists, delivered four steals and blocked one shot in a great all-around outing.

Jessica Helton tacked on 14 points after making 6 of 12 field goals and both of her free throws. Helton also handed out four assists and picked up two steals and a block.

Alli Fey and Abby Stephenson both put up 12 points.

Fey also had four steals and two assists. Stephenson came off the bench and ended up a perfect 4 of 4 both from the field and the line and she also contributed three assists and three steals.

Katie Cassabaum was the other Cub to score in double figures as she posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Cassabaum also blocked two shots and came away with three steals.

Freshman Claire Ausman added four points and one assist and her older sister Christine chipped in two points. Emma Lodestein also scored two points and added two assists and a steal.

Two people did nearly all the scoring for Colfax-Mingo. McKenzie Cogley had 17 points and seven rebounds and Jena Teed finished with eight points and two assists.

Nevada 72, Colfax-Mingo 29

N 15 26 18 13 – 72

C-M 2 6 10 11 – 29

Nevada (72) – Claire Ausman 2-7 0-0 4, Abby Stephenson 4-4 4-4 12, Megan Pringnitz 6-14 0-0 16, Emma Lodestein 1-2 0-0 2, Alli Fey 5-10 1-3 12, Jessica Helton 6-12 2-2 14, Kati Cassabaum 5-8 0-0 10, Amaris Hornbuckle 0-0 0-0 0, Christine Ausman 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 30-59 7-9 72. 3-point field goals (5): Pringnitz 4, Fey. Rebounds (26): Cassabaum 10. Assists (19): Pringnitz 6. Steals (17): Pringnitz 4, Fey 4. Blocks (4): Cassabaum 2.

Colfax-Mingo (29) – Alivia Haley 0-5 0-0 0, Jena Teed 3-3 0-1 8, Jessica Albright 0-7 0-0 0, Ivy Moore 0-0 0-0 0, McKenzie Cogley 7-12 3-3 17, Jade Lewis 0-2 0-0 0, Breawna Schroeder 0-3 0-0 0, Amy Russell 0-1 0-0 0, Dakota Hostetter 0-0 0-0 0, Brianna Cooper 0-0 2-2 2, Kayla VanDusseldorp 1-3 0-0 2. Totals: 11-36 5-6 29. 3-point field goals (2): Teed 2. Rebounds (20): Cogley 7. Assists (6): Albright 3. Steals (5): Albright, Moore, Cogley, Russell, VanDusseldorp. Blocks: None.

JEWELL – Nevada was red hot on offense and South Hamilton was ice cold when the two teams hooked up Dec. 3 in Jewell.

Nevada shot 53 percent from the field and 56 percent from 3-point range. South Hamilton, on the other hand, had made only six shots all game, finishing with a dismal 17-percent shooting night from the field.

The end result saw Nevada hand South Hamilton a 67-17 drubbing.

The Cubs had an amazing start to each half.

Nevada outscored the Hawks 23-0 in the first quarter en route to taking a 35-11 lead at the break. The Cubs then bested South Hamilton by a 21-3 margin in the third quarter to put the game away early.

Three different Nevada players scored in double figures and three more players netted at least six points. Nevada had 18 assists on 26 field goals and the Cubs made nine 3-pointers.

Jessica Helton led the way with 18 points after making 7 of 11 shots, including 3 of 4 3-pointers. Helton also had four assists and two steals.

Kati Cassabaum was Nevada’s top weapon inside as she produced 13 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and three steals. Megan Pringnitz hit 4 of 6 3-pointers to finish with 12 points and she also dished out five assists.

Alli Fey added eight points on 3 of 3 shooting, including a pair of 3-pointers, and she dished out three assists. Abby Stephenson scored eight points and tacked on three steals and one block off the bench and Emma Lodestein came away with six points, four rebounds, three blocks, three assists and two steals.

Carly Swenson did most of the offensive work for South Hamilton as she put up nine points after making 3 of 5 3-pointers. Savana Stangeland added three points and nine rebounds for the Hawks.

Nevada 67, South Hamilton 17

N 23 12 21 11 – 67

SH 0 11 3 3 – 17

Nevada (67) – Claire Ausman 0-4 0-0 0, Abby Stephenson 3-7 2-4 8, Megan Pringnitz 4-7 0-0 12, Emma Lodestein 2-3 2-2 6, Alli Fey 3-3 0-0 8, Jessica Helton 7-11 1-3 18, Kati Cassabaum 6-13 1-1 13, Amaris Hornbuckle 0-0 0-0 0, Christine Ausman 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 26-49 6-10 67. 3-point field goals (9): Pringnitz 4, Helton 3, Fey 2. Rebounds (25): Cassabaum 8. Assists (18); Pringnitz 5. Steals (13): Stephenson 3, Cassabaum 3. Blocks (10): Cassabaum 4.

South Hamilton (17) – Kaitlin Fisher 0-6 0-0 0, Kali Lucas 1-5 0-0 2, Kayla Monthei 0-4 0-0 0, Allyson Ervin 0-2 0-0 0, Kayla Lucas 1-5 1-2 3, Diana Garcia 0-1 0-2 0, Jenny Christensen 0-0 0-0 0, Savana Stangeland 1-7 1-3 3, Abby Elsner 0-0 0-0 0, Carly Swenson 3-5 0-0 9. Totals: 6-35 2-7 17. 3-point field goals (3): Swenson 3. Rebounds (23): Stangeland 9. Assists (1): Christensen. Steals (3): Fisher 2. Blocks: None.

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