ALTA - The Alta-Aurelia boys came out flat in their game here against Newell-Fonda on Friday, and trailed 41-20 at halftime. The Warriors outscored N-F 23-8 in the 3rd quarter to cut the deficit to six points, but the hole the Warriors had dug themselves was just deep to climb out of, and the Mustangs prevailed, 66-57.
Both teams had balanced scoring, with each team having four players score in double figures. Neil Marshall led the Warriors with 16 points, while Jaden Holton had 14, Jalen Henningsen 11 and A.J. Lange 10.
For Newell-Fonda, Ben Hecht scored 19 points, Dillon Anderson and Andrew Temple each scored 14, and Rigo Johnson added 12.
On Saturday night, the Warriors hosted East Sac County and A-A was hoping that the momentum thay had established in the second half of Friday's game would carry over. Though the Warriors were "right there" with their opponent, they were not able to make enough shots to get over the hump against the red-hot Raiders, who won their eighth straight game, 65-59.
A.J. Lange and Neil Marshall each scored 17 points to lead Alta-Aurelia, while Jalen Henningsen added 13 points and Jaden Holton nine. Ben Sand led the Warriors on the boards with eight rebounds and Holton had seven..
Reed Tellinhusisen scored 25 points to lead East Sac's offense, and Colin Schrader and Jacob Ricke chipped in with 15 and 10 points, respectively.
Alta-Aurelia's record dropped to 11-8 as they play their final two games of the regular season, both at Alta. The Warriors took on undefeated Storm Lake St. Mary's on Tuesday, and close the season against River Valley on Friday.