NEVADA – The Nevada girls’ basketball team rebounded from a season-opening loss to Boone the previous night to whip Prairie City-Monroe in its Heart of Iowa Conference opener Nov. 26 at the Nevada High School Field House.
Coming off a 48-40 non-conference loss to Boone, Nevada was able to quickly turn things around thanks to a big second half against PCM.
Nevada led PCM by five points at the half. In the third quarter the Cubs found their offensive rhythm, nearly matching their first-half point total with an 18-point effort.
That big quarter helped Nevada build a 40-26 advantage. The fourth quarter saw the Cubs continue to maintain control as they pulled away for a decisive victory.
The Cubs used a dominating rebounding performance and great defense to withstand a poor 2 of 21 shooting display from 3-point range. Nevada outrebounded PCM by a 42-31 margin and the Cubs held the Mustangs to an abysmal 24-percent shooting night from the field.
Kati Cassabaum was phenomenal on the glass for Nevada as she ripped down an amazing 19 rebounds, including seven offensive boards. Cassabaum also scored 13 points and added three assists, three steals and two blocks in a tremendous all-around outing.
Jessica Helton also put up 13 points for Nevada. Helton made 6 of 12 field goals and she also chipped in two assists and steals apiece.
Forward Megan Pringnitz showed tremendous versatility against PCM. Pringnitz ended up with only four points, but she made valuable contributions in a variety of other ways by tallying eight rebounds, six assists and three blocks.
Emma Lodestein and Alli Fey tacked on eight points apiece and freshman Claire Ausman added six points. Lodestein also had three rebounds, two steals and one assist; Fey delivered three boards, two assists and two steals and Ausman recorded three rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Christine Ausman helped out inside with five rebounds and Abby Stephenson came away with two steals for Nevada.
Courtney VanHouweling totaled six points, seven rebounds, six steals and two assists and Abbi Gilson wound up with nine points and seven rebounds for PCM in a losing effort.
Nevada 52, PCM 34
PCM 8 9 9 8 – 34
N 11 11 18 13 – 52
PCM (34) – Courtney VanHouweling 3-14 0-4 6, Alexis Kain 3-7 1-4 7, Rachel Gulling 0-9 2-6 2, Katie VandeWall 0-2 0-0 0, Rachel Stafford 1-2 0-0 3, Abbi Gilson 2-6 5-8 9, Kayla Jennings 1-8- 1-4 3, Grace Telfer 2-2 0-0 4. Totals: 12-50 9-26 34. 3-point field goals (1): Stafford. Rebounds (31): VanHouweling 7, Gilson 7. Assists (6): VanHouweling 2. Steals (11): VanHouweling 6. Blocks (1): Kain.
Nevada (52) – Claire Ausman 2-9 1-2 6, Abby Stephenson 0-2 0-0 0, Megan Pringnitz 2-8 0-0 4, Emma Lodestein 3-4 2-2 8, Alli Fey 4-11 0-0 8, Jessica Helton 6-12 0-1 13, Kati Cassabaum 5-11 3-4 13, Christine Ausman 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 22-58 6-9 52. 3-point field goals (2): Cl. Ausman, Helton. Rebounds (42): Cassabaum 19. Assists (15): Pringnitz 6. Steals (13): Cassabaum 3. Blocks (5): Pringnitz 3.
NEVADA – It was tough sledding for Nevada in its season opener with Boone Nov. 25 at the Nevada High School Field House.
The Cubs entered the game ranked No. 5 in Class 3A after coming off an impressive 19-5 season that included a trip to the regional finals. But with several key players still not fully in basketball mode after having just played at the state volleyball tournament the previous week, Nevada looked sluggish against an athletic and quick Toreador squad.
The Cubs fell behind midway through the third quarter and never fully recovered in a 48-40 loss.
"You can tell we still are working on getting our basketball legs, but it’s not an excuse," Nevada head coach Kristin Meyer said. "Boone’s posts did a great job down low. It’s the first game of the season and we were a little sloppy and have some things we need to clean up, but we’ll get there. I’m not too worried."
Nevada got 6-2 shot-blocking Boone center Mariah McPartland in foul trouble in the first half, but the Cubs couldn’t fully capitalize on her absence. With Taylor Johnson and Bridget Biersner providing a big spark off the bench for the Toreadors Nevada was only able to hold a 21-19 lead at the break.
The two teams were even through the first few minutes off the second half, but game turned fully in Boone’s favor midway through the third quarter.
After two Jessica Helton free throws tied the game at 25-25 for Nevada Boone center Mariah McPartland made a great save off a missed shot and found Taylor Johnson for the go-ahead basket. Speedy Toreador freshman guard Dianna Slight then came up with a huge three-point play off a steal and then McPartland scored inside to give Boone a 32-25 lead with 1:32 to go in the third.
Nevada closed to within 32-30 on a three-point play by talented sophomore forward Kati Cassabaum. But Boone went up by four on a Sierra Leeds basket early in the fourth quarter and the Toreadors never allowed Nevada to get closer than three points the rest of the way.
The game became a free-throw contest in the final four minutes and Boone prevailed, finishing 15 of 24 for the game compared to Nevada’s 8 of 20 showing.
Rebounding was also a big edge for Boone as the Toreadors won by a 38-26 margin on the boards. Boone also shot better from the field, hitting 42 percent of its shots compared to Nevada’s 33-percent showing.
Johnson and Biersner – at 6-1 and 5-11 – did a great job frustrating Nevada’s offense and making big shots in McPartland’s absence. Johnson scored nine points and added eight rebounds and three steals Biersner chipped in six points, three rebounds and one assist.
Slight and Leeds each scored 10 points as the top scorers for Boone and McPartland and Carrie Overland chipped in six points. Slight also had five rebounds, three steals and two assists, Leeds had nine boards, three assists and one steal, McPartland tacked on seven rebounds, three assists and three blocks and Overland picked up four steals and one block.
Cassabaum came off the bench to net a game-high 13 points for Nevada and she also had six rebounds four steals and one block. Helton scored 12 points and tallied three steals before fouling out.
Pringnitz delivered eight points and 10 rebounds and Fey had four points, six assists and five steals for the Cubs.
Boone 48, Nevada 40
B 12 7 13 16 – 48
N 10 11 9 10 – 40
Boone (48) – Carrie Overland 1-2 3-4 6, Dianna Slight 2-3 6-8 10, Morgan McKim 0-2 1-2 1, Sierra Leeds 3-10 4-8 10, Taylor Johnson 4-7 1-1 9, Bridget Biersner 3-3 0-1 6, Kara Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Mariah McPartland 3-7 0-0 6. Totals: 16-38 15-24 48. 3-point field goals (1): Overland. Rebounds (38): Leeds 9. Assists (11): Leeds 3, McPartland 3. Steals (14): Overland 4. Blocks (4): McPartland 3.
Nevada (40) – Claire Ausman 1-4 0-2 3, Abby Stephenson 0-0 0-2 0, Megan Pringnitz 3-13 1-2 8, Emma Lodestein 0-0 0-2 0, Alli Fey 2-8 0-0 4, Jessica Helton 3-8 4-4 12, Kati Cassabaum 5-10 3-8 13, Christine Ausman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 14-43 8-20 40. 3-point field goals (4): Helton 2, Cl. Ausman, Pringnitz. Rebounds (26): Pringnitz 10. Assists (13): Fey 6. Steals (16): Fey 5. Blocks (2): Helton, Cassabaum.