NEVADA - Nevada tried to make the most out of a tough situation against North Polk in a battle of ranked Heart of Iowa Conference teams Friday at the Nevada High School Field House.


The Cubs, ranked No. 6 in Class 3A, were without all-state center Lexy Koudelka, who will be out around two weeks due to tweaking her knee. They gave the No. 15 Comets a good run without Koudelka in the first half, but eventually their offense sputtered and they had no answers for Comet freshman sensation Maggie Phipps in a 44-31 loss.


The loss was the Cubs’ first in HOIC play and it snapped their 13-game winning streak. But head coach Tony Neubauer said it was all about learning to play without Koudelka and getting stronger for when she returns to make another run at state.


“It’ll pay off in the long run,” Neubauer said. “We lost to a good basketball team tonight. (North Polk) played well. We’re a little dinged up right now, but I was really happy with the effort. We wanted to win the game, obviously, but the process is still state. That’s where we want to get.”


In addition to Koudelka’s injury, Nevada lost guard Amanda Fortmann to a concussion during the game. Reserve Grace Francis is also fighting through a minor knee injury and Addi Vorm turned her ankle.


Even with the health issues, the Cubs still managed to push North Polk hard for a half.


“We had a pretty good first half,” Neubauer said. “We did a lot of nice things.”


Riley Mailey hit two 3-pointers and scored 10 points and Kacie Rewerts added eight points over the first two quarters as Nevada trailed 27-23 at the break. The Cubs actually led 23-22 after a Kacie Rewerts basket, but then Phipps got going and she turned the game completely in North Polk’s favor.


Phipps hit two free throws to reclaim the lead for North Polk with 10 seconds left in the half. Then the Comets got the ball back just before the end of the half and Phipps drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer.


Phipps also scored her team’s first five points of the second half, then dished to Jaedon Murphy for a basket to give the Comets a 34-23 lead, and Nevada never threatened after that.


“The Phipps girl is a good ballplayer,” Neubauer said.


Phipps finished with a game-high 24 points for North Polk. She also had six rebounds, two assists and one block.


Murphy added 12 points, five rebounds, four blocks and four steals and two assists. Katie Brown scored six points and added five rebounds and three steals and Rebecca Ley put up seven rebounds to help the Comets improve to 12-3 overall and 8-2 in the HOIC.


Nevada dropped to 13-2 overall and 9-1 in the conference.


Mailey and Rewerts both finished with 10 points and Vorm chipped in six for the Cubs. Rewerts also had three rebounds, two assists and one block and Vorm added two rebounds, one assist and one steal.


Fortmann contributed two points, four steals and three assists before her injury. Hattie Rhodes chipped in two points, six rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal and Francis added one point, five steals, three rebounds and one block.


North Polk 44, Nevada 31


NP 10 17 15 2 - 44


N 7 16 6 3 - 31


North Polk (44) - Rebecca Ley 0-1 0-0 0, Katie Scott 0-5 0-0 0, Danielle Bonewitz 1-2 0-1 2, Katie Brown 3-8 0-0 6, Jaedon Murphy 5-14 2-2 12, Carolyn Steffen 0- 0-0 0, Maggie Phipps 8-16 4-6 24, Maddie Bruggeman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-47 6-9 44. 3-point field goals (4): Phipps 4. Rebounds (29): Ley 7. Assists (9): Scott 2, Brown 2, Phipps 2. Steals (15): Murphy 4, Steffen 4. Blocks (5): Murphy 4. Fouls: 10.


Nevada (31) - Amanda Fortmann 1-1 0-0 2, Addi Vorm 2-5 1-2 6, Kacie Rewerts 4-8 2-2 10, Hattie Rhodes 1-9 0-0 2, Riley Mailey 4-11 0-0 10, Grace Francis 0-2 1-2 1. Totals: 12-36 4-6 31. 3-point field goals (3): Mailey 2, Vorm. Rebounds (16): Rhodes 6. Assists (9): Fortmann 3, Rhodes 3. Steals (11): Francis 5. Blocks (4): Rhodes 2. Fouls: 14.


JEFFERSON - Nevada used three quarters of tremendous defense to rout Greene County, 50-29, Jan. 16 at Jefferson.


The Cubs held the Rams to just 14 points over the first three quarters to improve to 13-1 overall and 9-0 in the Heart of Iowa Conference. Nevada led by 14 points at the half and went up by 20 through three quarters before coasting home to the victory.


Nevada held Greene County to just nine field goals. The Cubs also had 15 steals and a 29-21 rebounding advantage.


Lexy Koudelka and Hattie Rhodes led a well-rounded Nevada attack with 12 and 10 points respectively. Koudelka also had six rebounds, two assists and two steals and Rhodes put up six rebounds, five blocks, five steals and four assists.


Riley Mailey hit three 3-pointers and tallied nine points, two assists and one steal and Addi Vorm and Kacie Rewerts each chipped in seven points. Vorm also had two assists and Rewerts five rebounds, three steals, one block and one assist.


Grace Francis added three points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block. Amanda Fortmann delivered two points, three assists, two rebounds and one steal.


Greene County fell to 5-9 overall and 2-7 in the HOIC. Laurin Lyons had 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals and Onica Delp blocked five shots and pulled down four boards for the Rams.


Nevada 50, Greene County 29


N 16 6 12 16 - 50


GC 4 4 6 15 - 29


Nevada (50) - Mikayla Long 0-0 0-0 0, Meredith Harter 0-0 0-0 0, Amanda Fortmann 1-7 0-0 2, Lexy Koudelka 5-6 2-2 12, Amelea Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Addi Vorm 3-10 0-0 7, Elizabeth Wessels 0-0 0-0 0, Kacie Rewerts 3-7 1-2 7, Caroline Ausman 0-0 0-0 0, Hattie Rhodes 5-9 0-0 10, Riley Mailey 3-9 0-0 9, Grace Francis 1-6 0-2 3. Totals: 21-55 3-6 50. 3-point field goals (5): Mailey 3, Vorm, Francis. Rebounds (29): Koudelka 6, Rhodes 6, Francis 6. Assists (17): Rhodes 4. Steals (15): Rhodes 5. Blocks (7): Rhodes 5. Fouls: 12.


Greene County (29) - Sam Hardaway 2-9 0-0 4, Bailey Cunningham 1-2 0-0 2, Caytlyn Adamson 0-2 0-0 0, Kassie Lamoureux 0-0 0-0 0, Izzy Bravard 2-2 2-2 6, Emily Betty 0-0 1-2 1, Laurin Lyons 2-9 5-8 11, Teirstun Murray 0-0 0-0 0, Regan Lamoureux 2-2 0-0 4, Alexis Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Onica Delp 0-3 1-2 1, Ashley Millard 0-1 0-0 0, Katlyn McColley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 9-25 9-14 29. 3-point field goals (2): Lyons 2. Rebounds (21): Lyons 4, Delp 4. Assists (5): Lyons 2. Steals (8): Lyons 2, Delp 2. Blocks (5): Delp 5. Fouls: 14.