HUXLEY - The Class 3A regional final girls’ basketball game between No. 11 Nevada and No. 8 North Polk came down to what team could make the timely plays in crunch time.

The score was knotted at 39-39 following a Lexy Koudelka basket for Nevada with 4:19 to go in the fourth quarter. But Nevada only scored three more points the rest of the way.

North Polk went in front two minutes later and made 5 of 6 free throws in the final minute to knock off the Cubs, 46-42, Saturday at Huxley.

“It was a good basketball game,” Nevada head coach Tony Neubauer said. “They made a few plays at the end and and we didn’t. This hurts now, but this team has a lot to be proud of. We lost to a team that played a little bit better than us.”

Nevada led 28-21 at the half. Koudelka was a monster, scoring 20 points over the first two quarters.

But North Polk changed things up defensively in the second half. The Comets started trapping out of both a 2-3 zone and man defense as they opened the half on a 10-0 run.

Baskets from Koudelka and Amanda Fortmann pushed Nevada back in front, 34-31, but Maggie Phipps countered with two hoops and Katie Scott sandwiched one in between to put North Polk in front 37-34 by the end of the third quarter.

The two teams went back and forth to start the fourth quarter. After Koudelka tied the game, neither team managed to score for the next two minutes.

With 2:18 remaining, Jaedon Murphy broke the drought for North Polk with a hoop following a steal from Rebecca Ley to give the Comets a 41-39 lead.

Nevada failed to answer on its next possession and with 54 seconds left, Carolyn Steffen converted 1 of 2 free throws for North Polk. Hattie Rhodes was off on a 3-pointer and then Koudelka couldn’t convert a putback, giving North Polk the ball with less than 20 seconds remaining.

Scott — who had only made 7 of 26 free throws on the season entering the game — was fouled with 16.5 seconds left and she converted both foul shots to put her team up four.

Rhodes answered with a clutch 3-pointer in the final seconds to get Nevada within two. Scott was fouled again with nine-tenths of a second left and she again made both shots to ice the game.

“The Scott girl was (around) 4 for 21 free throws and she hits four straight,” Neubauer said. “That’s basketball. It was just a good basketball game. I can’t say much else than that.”

Nevada’s Kacie Rewerts did an outstanding job slowing leading Comet scorer Maggie Phipps, limiting her to 2 of 12 shooting and seven points after she came into the game averaging 17. But Murphy stepped up to fill the void for North Polk, netting 18 points.

Scott finished with nine points and Katie Brown had seven. Ley only scored four points, but she caused havoc all over the floor as an undersized post, totaling seven rebounds and four steals.

North Polk will take a 21-3 record into the state tournament. The Comets will face Davenport Assumption (16-8) at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Nevada finished its season at 18-6. The Cubs had their three-year run at state come to an end, but they still had a tremendous season after losing three starters of last year’s 4A state qualifier.

“This team has a lot to be proud of,” Neubauer said. “Obviously we have Lexy, which was a big part of it, but other kids stepped in and did some really nice things this year.”

Nevada outrebounded North Polk, 40-27, and also shot better from the field — 39 to 27 percent. Turnovers and a big edge on the foul line (North Polk made 20 of 26 free throws to Nevada’s 7 of 9) proved to be the decisive factors, according to Neubauer.

Koudelka bowed out like a champion for Nevada. The Illinois State recruit scored a game-high 28 points, ripped down 19 rebounds, blocked three shots and had three steals before fouling out late.

“She’s just a special kid,” Neubauer said. “The best thing about her is you’d never know she’s a stud by the way she acts. She’s a better person than basketball player.”

Rhodes was Nevada’s other senior starter. She scored three points and did a little bit of everything on both ends, adding six rebounds, three assists, three blocks and one steal.

“Hattie is one of the most jack-of-all-trades kids I’ve coached,” Neubauer said. “You’d never notice what she did and she’d have like eight (points), eight (rebounds), eight (assists).”

Rewerts, Fortmann and Riley Mailey each scored three points and Addi Vorm chipped in two. Rewerts also had six rebounds and assists apiece, Mailey corralled six boards and Fortmann had two steals for the Cubs.

North Polk 46, Nevada 42

NP 11 10 16 9 - 46

N 17 11 6 8 - 42

North Polk (46) - Rebecca Ley 1-3 2-2 4, Katie Scott 2-6 5-6 9, Abi Zimmer 0-1 0-0 0, Danielle Bonewitz 0-1 0-0 0, Katie Brown 1-6 4-4 7, Jaedon Murphy 6-15 5-8 18, Carolyn Steffen 0-1 1-2 1, Maggie Phipps 2-12 3-4 7. Totals: 12-45 20-26 46. 3-point field goals (2): Brown, Murphy. Rebounds (27): Ley 7. Assists (5): Scott 2. Steals (15): Scott 5. Blocks (2): Murphy 1, Phipps 1. Fouls: 11.

Nevada (42) - Amanda Fortmann 1-3 1-2 3, Lexy Koudelka 11-16 5-6 28, Addi Vorm 1-4 0-0 2, Kacie Rewerts 1-3 1-1 3, Hattie Rhodes 1-7 0-0 3, Riley Mailey 1-8 0-0 3, Grace Francis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 16-41 7-9 42. 3-point field goals (3): Koudelka, Rhodes, Mailey. Rebounds (40): Koudelka 19. Assists (13): Rewerts 6. Steals (7): Koudelka 3. Blocks (7): Koudelka 3, Rhodes 3. Fouls: 19. Fouled out: Koudelka.

NEVADA - Nevada used big advantages in efficiency and on the glass to whip Clarke, 58-32, in the Class 3A regional semifinals Feb. 14 at the Nevada High School Field House.

Nevada (18-5) shot 51 percent from the field and held Clarke to 10 field goals and 22-percent accuracy. Great ball movement and execution helped the Cubs’ strong performance on offense as they had 21 assists on 26 field goals.

Nevada also outrebounded Clarke by a decisive 38-24 margin. The Cubs compiled nine offensive rebounds to six for the Indians.

The game turned completely in Nevada’s favor during the middle two quarters. The Cubs outscored Clarke 32-10 during that stretch to build their lead to 27 points entering the fourth quarter.

Lexy Koudelka had 25 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks to lead the Cub rout. Riley Mailey hit four 3-pointers and totaled 12 points and three assists and steals apiece.

Hattie Rhodes turned in another excellent all-around game for the Cubs with nine points, nine rebounds, seven assists, five steals and four blocks. Kacie Rewerts tacked on eight points, six rebounds and two blocks; Amanda Fortmann had two points and four assists and Addi Vorm chipped in two points and assists apiece.

Clarke finished its season at 6-17. Deseree Stubbe tallied 16 points and six rebounds for the Indians.

Nevada 58, Clarke 32

C 13 5 5 9 - 32

N 18 14 18 8 - 58

Clarke (32) - Coraima Corona 0-0 0-0 0, Kiaya Dunbar 1-3 0-0 3, Kaitlyn Halsband 1-4 0-0 2, Sara Davis 2-7 0-2 5, Anna Farlow 0-0 0-0 0, Ashlynn Oehlert 1-1 0-0 2, CeJay Blakely 0-1 0-0 0, Hailee Fry 0-1 0-0 0, Megan Linskens 0-12 4-6 8, Deseree Stubbe 5-16 4-8 16, Nicole Barnard 0-1 0-0 0, Tori White 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 10-46 8-16 32. 3-point field goals (4): Stubbe 2, Dunbar, Davis. Rebounds (24): Stubbe 6. Assists (6): Linskens 4. Steals (7): Davis 2, Oehlert 2. Blocks: None. Fouls: 8.

Nevada (58) - Mikayla Long 0-0 0-0 0, Amanda Fortmann 1-4 0-0 2, Lexy Koudelka 12-18 0-1 25, Kelby Rewerts 0-0 0-0 0, Amelea Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Addi Vorm 1-2 0-0 2, Elizabeth Wessels 0-0 0-0 0, Kacie Rewerts 4-9 0-0 8, Caroline Ausman 0-0 0-0 0, Hattie Rhodes 4-7 1-1 9, Riley Mailey 4-9 0-0 12, Grace Francis 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 26-51 1-2 58. 3-point field goals (5): Mailey 4, Koudelka. Rebounds (38): Koudelka 14. Assists (21): Rhodes 7. Steals (9): Rhodes 5. Blocks (10): Koudelka 4, Rhodes 4. Fouls: 13.