GILBERT - A strong defensive effort in the second half against Gilbert enabled the Nevada girls’ basketball team to wrap up its fifth-consecutive Heart of Iowa Conference title with a 43-29 victory over the Tigers Friday at Gilbert.


The Cubs held the Tigers to just 10 points over the final two quarters. The game was even at 19-19 through one half of play, but Nevada limited Gilbert to three points in the third quarter to go up seven, and never looked back.


The win put Nevada at 16-4 and the Cubs clinched a share of the Heart of Iowa Conference title with a 12-2 record.


Nevada held Gilbert to 18-percent shooting for the game. Gilbert only made 4 of 23 3-pointers.


The Cubs shot 39 percent from the field. Nevada was strong at the foul line, converting 15 of 20 free throws.


Lexy Koudelka had 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead Nevada to victory. Riley Mailey was the team’s other big weapon, canning four 3-pointers and finishing with 14 points and five rebounds.


Hattie Rhodes turned in another strong all-around game for Nevada. Rhodes scored three points and she also pulled down eight rebounds, handed out five assists and blocked five shots.


Kacie Rewerts tacked on six rebounds, three steals and two blocks for Nevada.


Gilbert fell to 10-11 overall and ended up 7-7 in the conference. Sarah Hinners posted a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds and Emma Bulman scored 11 points for the Tigers.


Nevada 43, Gilbert 29


N 10 9 10 14 - 43


G 9 10 3 7 - 29


Nevada (43) - Mikayla Long 0-0 0-0 0, Amanda Fortmann 0-5 0-0 0, Lexy Koudelka 8-13 10-12 26, Addi Vorm 0-0 0-0 0, Elizabeth Wessels 0-0 0-0 0, Kacie Rewerts 0-0 0-0 0, Hattie Rhodes 0-1 3-4 3, Riley Mailey 4-12 2-4 14. Totals: 12-31 15-20 43. 3-point field goals (4): Mailey 4. Rebounds (35): Koudelka 14. Assists (11): Rhodes 5. Steals (9): Fortmann 3, Rewerts 3. Blocks (9): Rhodes 5. Fouls: 11.


Gilbert (29) - Kenzie Miller 0-9 0-0 0, Emma Kruse 0-1 0-0 0, Hannah Thatcher 1-3 1-2 4, Nessa Johnson 0-7 0-0 0, Emma Bulman 3-16 3-5 11, Thea Rotto 0-1 0-2 0, Sarah Hinners 5-10 1-1 12, Jordyn Milhous 1-8 0-0 2. Totals: 10-55 5-10 29. 3-point field goals (4): Bulman 2, Thatcher, Hinners. Rebounds (31): Hinners 14. Assists (6): Thatcher 2, Bulman 2. Steals (7): Rotto 3. Blocks: None. Fouls: 13.


NEVADA - Lexy Koudelka made the most of her return to the Nevada lineup and the Cub girls needed it to hold off a gritty Saydel team, 58-46, Jan. 30 on senior night in Nevada.


Koudelka missed the last four games with a minor knee injury and the Cubs, ranked No. 6 in Class 3A, lost three of those contests after starting 13-1. She played just over half the game against Saydel, sitting out half of each quarter, and still put up 24 points after making 9 of 12 field goals and all six of her free throws.


“It feels really, really good,” Koudelka said of her return to the court. “I couldn’t be happier — it’s about time.”


Koudelka scored the game’s first eight points to help Nevada get out to a 10-0 lead. But Saydel — winless in the Heart of Iowa Conference — showed tremendous resiliency the rest of the way.


Behind strong shooting from Katie Schmidt and Hannah Bowman, the Eagles got within 28-22 at the half. Nevada pushed its lead to 14 points early in the fourth quarter, but Saydel refused to go away quietly.


“They were throwing stuff up and it was going in,” Nevada freshman Addi Vorm said. “We were kind of surprised at first, but then we worked into it. We played really good defense, it was just tough shots that they made.”


The Cubs (15-4) remained in position to share the Heart of Iowa Conference title by going to 11-2 in the conference with the victory. Nevada will again face Saydel to open 3A regionals Feb. 10 back at Nevada and Koudelka said the Cubs will be ready.


“We’ve got some tricks up our sleeve,” Koudelka said. “They were hot tonight, but we’ll see next time.”


Vorm hit two 3-pointers and finished with eight points, two assists, one steal and one block. She has emerged as a big weapon for Nevada since breaking out with 12 points against South Hamilton on Jan. 12.


“It’s just taking my shot,” Vorm said. “Not being scared to shoot it and also getting everybody else open shots.”


Hattie Rhodes was her usual jack-of-all-trades self for Nevada with eight points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks. Kacie Rewerts had six points and two blocks, Grace Francis five points and Amanda Fortmann four points, five assists and four steals for the Cubs.


Saydel fell to 3-16 overall and 0-13 in the conference. Schmidt finished with 19 points and six rebounds, Jayda Tolentino scored 13 points and handed out seven assists and Bowman ended up with 10 points for the Eagles.


Nevada 58, Saydel 46


S 8 14 9 15 - 46


N 19 9 13 17 - 58


Nevada (58) - Amanda Fortmann 2-7 0-0 4, Lexy Koudelka 9-12 6-6 24, Addi Vorm 3-6 0-0 8, Elizabeth Wessels 0-0 0-0 0, Kacie Rewerts 3-3 0-0 6, Hattie Rhodes 3-8 2-2 8, Riley Mailey 1-5 0-0 3, Grace Francis 2-2 1-2 5. Totals: 23-43 9-10 58. 3-point field goals (3): Vorm 2, Mailey. Rebounds (28): Rhodes 10. Assists (18): Rhodes 7. Steals (10): Fortmann 4. Blocks (6): Rewerts 2, Rhodes 2. Fouls: 8.


Saydel (46) - Hannah Bowman 4-12 0-0 10, Darian Garcia 1-5 0-0 2, Jayda Tolentino 4-8 3-4 13, Katie Schmidt 7-16 1-1 19, Alexis Carney 1-4 0-0 2, Daleaney Shinn 0-1 0-0 0, Alle Thompson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 17-48 4-5 46. 3-point field goals (8): Schmidt 4, Bowman 2, Tolentino 2. Rebounds (24): Schmidt 6. Assists (12): Tolentino 7. Steals (9): Schmidt 3. Blocks (1): Garcia. Fouls: 12.


NEVADA - Nevada had trouble finding the basket against Des Moines Christian in a 44-17 loss to the Lions Jan. 29 at the Nevada High School Field House.


The Cubs only made eight field goals and shot just 17 percent, suffering their fourth loss of the season. They had 23 steals on defense, but couldn’t capitalize due to the poor shooting.


Des Moines Christian led 20-11 at the half. The Lions took full charge in the third quarter, building an 18-point lead to sew things up.


Kacie Rewerts had six points, seven steals and one block for Nevada. Hattie Rhodes put up three points, six rebounds, four blocks, three steals and two assists.


Moriah Prewitt led Des Moines Christian with 13 points. Olivia Penland tacked on 11 points and nine rebounds and Kaili Lawson netted 10 points in helping the Lions — ranked No. 15 in Class 2A — improve to 15-4.


Des Moines Christian 44, Nevada 17


DMC 11 9 11 13 - 44


N 4 7 2 4 - 17


Des Moines Christian (44) - Moriah Prewitt 4-8 2-2 13, Megan Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Ellie Schlapkohl 0-0 0-0 0, Ashlyn Ingram 0-0 0-0 0, Bella Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Hailey Lewis 0-0 0-0 0, Dakoda Evans 1-2 0-0 2, Emma Veenstra 1-4 0-0 2, Maren Judisch 0-0 0-0 0, Ava Van Soelen 1-2 2-2 4, Miah Potratz 0-3 0-0 0, Olivia Penland 4-5 2-4 11, Kaili Lawson 4-8 2-2 10, Aspen Brockhouse 1-3 0-0 2. Totals: 16-36 8-10 44. 3-point field goals (4): Prewitt 3, Penland. Rebounds (38): Penland 9. Assists (15): Veenstra 5. Steals (11): Evans 2, Brockhouse 2. Blocks (2): Van Soelen, Lawson. Fouls: 11.


Nevada (17) - Mikayla Long 0-0 0-0 0, Amanda Fortmann 1-5 0-0 2, Amelea Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Addi Vorm 1-11 0-0 2, Elizabeth Wessels 0-1 0-0 0, Kacie Rewerts 3-9 3-4 9, Caroline Ausman 0-0 0-0 0, Hattie Rhodes 1-5 1-2 3, Riley Mailey 1-10 0-0 2, Grace Francis 1-4 0-0 2. Totals: 8-46 1-5 17. 3-point field goals: None. Rebounds (20): Rhodes 6. Assists (7): Vorm 3. Steals (23): Rewerts 7. Blocks (5): Rhodes 4. Fouls: 12.