GRIMES — Newton’s Cardinals came out winging it and playing defense. Thursday’s Little Hawkeye Conference contest was shaping up into a good game between the visiting Cardinals and the Class 4A eighth-ranked Dallas Center-Grimes Fillies.
The Cardinals led the Fillies by three, 14-11, at the close of one quarter of play. The Fillies switched things around by halftime, leading 30-24.
Newton could not get going again after the break. The Fillies bolted away on a 21-7 run in the third quarter on their way to a 65-39 win.
“We struggled out of halftime again, but our effort was great tonight,” said Newton head coach Brandon Sharp. “It was a huge turnaround from Knoxville (last Friday).”
The Cardinals scored just 16 points in the second half Thursday in a game rescheduled from Tuesday.
Newton (5-13) turns around tonight to take on Class 4A 15th-ranked Grinnell at home in Little Hawkeye Conference play.
Sydney Jenkins led the Cardinals with nine points. Five Newton players scored six points each.
Dani Heritage paced the Fillies with 20 points. She hit three 3-pointers on the night. Allison O’Brien, who knocked down two threes, had 12 points.
Newton — Jenkins 2-5-1-9, Stock 3-0-3-6, Hutchinson 0-2-2-2, Jordan 1-0-0-2, Rhoads 1-0-3-6, Jacobsen 3-0-2-6, Kalkhoff 3-0-2-6, Gray 3-0-2-6. TOTALS: 16-7-15-39.
DCG — O’Brien 2/2-2-1-12, Peyton 1/1-0-3-5, Kramer 1-0-0-2, Weaver 1-0-0-2, Masching 0-0-1-0, P. Lowary 1-0-2-2, R. Lowary 3-1-1-7, Heritage 4/3-2-1-20, Rosa 3-1-3-7, Baker 1-0-3-2, Nolte 3-0-0-6. TOTALS: 20/6-7-15-65.