NEWELL - The Alta-Aurelia boys edged Newell-Fonda 58-56 on Tuesday, in an exciting Northwest Conference basketball game that was close all the way.
Jalen Henningsen led A-A's scorers with 18 points, while Ryan Friedrich chipped in with 12. Austin Glawe had a double-double for the Warriors, scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Neil Marshall scored eight points, and Jaden Holton six. Henningsen also stole four passes, while Friedrich swiped three.
Alta-Aurelia coach Dean Lietz commented on the exciting finish of the game "Friedrich hit a big 3-pointer for us after a great pass that tied the game. Henningsen hit a big put-back that also tied the game, and from there we got a stop when we needed it and executed one offensive play for the win.
"Newell-Fonda was very aggressive defensively and hit some big shots of their own," continued Lietz, " but we stayed poised and made plays at the end."
The coach said that Austin Glawe had a "huge" game, and also cited Jaden Holton's floor game, Neil Marshall's solid play "every night," and Christian Weiland's great leadership, which he said "sparks our team with his energy." The Warriors are now looking forward, he said, "to a long home stand."
Thursday and Friday will be the first two games of that home stand, when they play Sioux Central (Thursday) and Manson Northwest Webster (Friday).
Alta-Aurelia is now 8-6 overall and 3-2 in the Northwest Conference.