NEWELL - The Alta-Aurelia girls had a tough match up here on Tuesday night against Newell-Fonda, which was determined to get back on track after dropping two games in a row, to Manson-NW Webster and number one-rated Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove.
Newell-Fonda led all the way on their way to a decisive 83-38 Twin Lakes Conference win.
A-A coach GG Harris said the Mustangs "came out with a vengeance and really put it to us. Their defensive pressure and offensive ball movement attack with solid shooting really forced us into a lot of difficult positions. We were on our heels and fighting for air the entire game. As a team, we really struggled getting into an offensive half court set, thanks to Newell Fonda's pressure. But when we did break it, there were a lot of positives. "
Valarie Hernandez and Cristena Heschke each score six points to pace Warrior scoring and Tayler Rohwer scored fie points. Heschke, Lindsay Hall and Taler Stanton each grabbed four rebounds for A-A.
"I cannot stress enough the progress we have made this season," continued Harris." It may be 'baby steps",' but with the effort the girls are giving we will continue to get better."
The Warriors ( 1-8 ) shot 39.5% from the field and 61.5% from the line.
In the nightcap, things were reversed, as Alta-Aurelia coach Dean Lietz felt that his Warrior boys played "the best 32 minutes of basketball we've played this season.
"We were strong with the ball, said the coach, "and made good choices on the offensive end; defensively, we moved our feet well to control penetration and we rebounded the ball very well."
The Warriors beat Newell-Fonda 78-61, as Jalen Henningsen scored 21 points and Jaden Holton 20 to lead the team's offensive attack. Neil Marshall, with 13 points, and Austin Delp, with 11, also scored in double figures for Alta-Aurelia, which improved its season record to 5-3 with the win.
AJ Lange contributed eight points to the cause as well, as the team fell just short of having all five starters hit double figures.
Coach Lietz said,"Newell-Fonda has an aggressive team that plays very hard, but we battled them the entire night. This was a nice way to enter Christmas break."