NEVADA - Three quarters of great defense and good efficiency on offense carried the No. 8 (Class 3A) Nevada girls’ basketball team to a 43-25 victory over rival Gilbert Friday at the Nevada High School Field House.


The Cubs were a little off-kilter out of the gate, falling behind 11-8 after one quarter. Gilbert did a great job keeping Nevada off the offensive glass, holding a Cub team featuring all-state center Lexy Koudelka and another strong post in Hattie Rhodes without a single offensive rebound.


But in the second quarter, things began to click for Nevada on both ends. The Cubs went up 23-17 at the half, then held Gilbert to two points in the third quarter to break the game open.


Nevada ended up holding Gilbert to just nine field goals. The Tigers only shot 25 percent from the field.


The Cubs also forced Gilbert into a ton of mistakes, compiling 21 steals on the night.


Kacie Rewerts came up big for Nevada in the win. She led the Cubs with 16 points on 8 of 12 shooting and also had four steals.


Koudelka finished with 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks. Amanda Fortmann contributed four points, four assists and six steals; Rhodes delivered three points, five rebounds, three steals and one assist and Grace Francis added three points, rebounds and assists apiece, plus two blocks.


Nessa Johnson led Gilbert with seven points and four steals. Thea Rotto and Sarah Hinners each pulled down seven rebounds and they combined for eight points.


Gilbert fell to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the conference. Nevada improved to 4-1 and 3-0.


Nevada 43, Gilbert 25


G 11 6 2 6 - 25


N 8 15 13 7 - 43


Gilbert (25) - Kenzie Miller 0-6 0-0 0, Emma Kruse 0-1 0-0 0, Hannah Thatcher 0-1 0-0 0, Nessa Johnson 2-3 1-3 7, Ellie Bulman 0-0 0-0 0, Hailey Anthony 1-3 0-0 2, Emma Bulman 2-8 0-0 6, Lydia Berns-Schweingruber 1-1 0-2 2, Thea Rotto 2-3 1-3 5, Sarah Hinners 1-8 1-2 3, Claire Roske 0-0 0-0 0, Jordyn Milhous 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 9-36 3-10 25. 3-point field goals (4): Johnson 2, Em. Bulman 2. Rebounds (24): Rotto 7, Hinners 7. Assists (5): Miller 2, Hinners 2. Steals (9): Johnson 4. Blocks (1): Hinners. Fouls: 5.


Nevada (43) - Amanda Fortmann 2-7 0-0 4, Lexy Koudelka 5-8 4-4 14, Amelea Jones 0- 0-0 0, Addi Vorm 1-1 0-0 2, Elizabeth Wessels 0-0 1-2 1, Kacie Rewerts 8-12 0-2 16, Caroline Ausman 0-0 0-0 0, Hattie Rhodes 1-2 0-0 3, Riley Mailey 0-6 0-0 0, Grace Francis 1-2 0-0 3. Totals: 18-38 5-8 43. 3-point field goals (2): Rhodes, Francis. Rebounds (22): Koudelka 7. Assists (16): Koudelka 4, Fortmann 4. Steals (21): Fortmann 6. Blocks (4): Koudelka 2, Francis 2. Fouls: 11.


NEVADA - An active defense lifted Nevada to a 56-25 Heart of Iowa Conference victory over South Hamilton Dec. 5 at the Nevada High School Field House.


Playing a 1-3-1 zone defense, the Cubs came up with 16 steals and nine blocks on the night. They held the Hawks without a 3-pointer and just 22-percent shooting from the field, improving to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the HOIC.


“Whether we play 1-3-1 or man, or I guess a 2-3, we want to get after it,” Nevada senior forward Hattie Rhodes said. “We take pride in our defense. Even though we have graduated a lot, we just keep the tradition going.”


Rhodes and all-state center Lexy Koudelka made life tough inside for South Hamilton on both ends of the court. Rhodes tallied seven points, five rebounds and two assists, steals and blocks apiece and Koudelka was her usual dominant self with 21 points, 13 rebounds, seven blocks, four steals and one assist.


With the veteran duo controlling things down low, Nevada was able to play aggressive on the perimeter. Point guard Amanda Fortmann anchored the Cubs’ tough outside defense with six steals and she also had nine points, four rebounds and two assists.


“I just work hard and go after the ball,” Fortmann said. “Defense is important to us.”


Nevada played without injured guard Kelby Rewerts, but didn’t miss a beat. With everyone focusing on Koudelka and Rhodes coming into the season, Fortmann said the young Cub guards and wings are playing with a chip on their shoulder.


“People thought that since we lost all our guards, we didn’t have anyone to step up,” Fortmann said. “But I think Riley, Kelby and I have proven ourselves and have been able to play with Hattie and Lexy really well.”


Sophomore forward Kacie Rewerts added 12 points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist for Nevada. Mailey had two points and three assists; Grace Francis three assists, five rebounds and two steals; Addi Vorm three points and Elizabeth Wessels two points.


Marla Grubb did most of the work for South Hamilton. Grubb recorded 15 points and eight rebounds for the Hawks, who fell to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the conference.


Nevada 56, South Hamilton 25


SH 4 2 10 9 - 25


N 10 15 14 17 - 56


South Hamilton (25) - Kelsey Hildreth 0-0 0-0 0, Rylee Woodall 0-5 0-2 0, Anna Moss 1-7 0-3 2, Breanne Diersen 2-6 0-0 4, Taylor Volkmann 0-3 0-0 0, Brookelyn George 0-2 0-0 0, Aneesa Balderas 0-2 0-0 0, Cheyanne Dilley 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor Ratzke 0-0 0-0 0, Marla Grubb 6-18 3-3 15, Sydney Friest 2-5 0-0 4, Cortney Harris 0-0 0-0 0, Krista Swenson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 11-48 3-5 25. 3-point field goals: None. Rebounds (31): Diersen 8, Grubb 8. Assists (7): Volkmann 3. Steals (8): Moss 3, Volkmann 3. Blocks (1): Grubb. Fouls: 10.


Nevada (56) - Mikayla Long 0-0 0-0 0, Amanda Fortmann 3-7 3-7 9, Lexy Koudelka 9-14 2-4 21, Amelea Jones 0-0 00-0 0, Addi Vorm 1-1 0-0 3, Elizabeth Wessels 1-2 0-0 2, Kacie Rewerts 5-10 2-2 12, Caroline Ausman 0-0 0-0 0, Hattie Rhodes 2-4 2-2 7, Riley Mailey 1-5 0-0 2, Grace Francis 0-3 0-0 0. Totals: 22-46 9-15 56. 3-point field goals (3): Koudelka, Vorm, Rhodes. Rebounds (33): Koudelka 13. Assists (13): Mailey 3, Francis 3. Steals (16): Fortmann 6. Blocks (9): Koudelka 7. Fouls: 10.