NEVADA — The Nevada girls’ basketball team had a tough time solving Roland-Story’s pressure defense in a 42-26 loss to the No. 8 team in Class 3A Friday at the Nevada High School Field House.

Nevada turned the ball over 25 times against Roland-Story’s aggressive defense. The Cubs hung tough early, thanks to a strong defense of its own, but the press was too much in the end.

“Their press caused us some issues,” Nevada head girls’ basketball coach Jordan Bentley said. “We’ve just got to do a better job of taking care of the basketball. Dribbling with a purpose, passing with a purpose and putting people in places on the floor where we kind of try to coach them to go. But it’s overall just being stronger with the basketball — having a little bit more sense of what that thing means when we get it in our hands.”

The Norse took command of the game in the second quarter, thanks to the press and Susie Weaver’s hot hand from outside. Weaver drilled a 3-pointer, then got the ball back after a steal off the press and banged home another one to put Roland-Story up 19-10.

Nevada pulled within 19-14 early in the second quarter. The Cubs were still hanging around later in the quarter when a Rylie Mailey 3-pointer kept them within 25-19.

But Roland-Story eventually pushed its lead to 14 points on a Juliann Clark three-point play early in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

The loss put Nevada at 0-4 on the season. The Cubs have lost to three ranked teams in that span.

“It is a tough start,” Bentley said. “It’s a new system and a new coach. Some of these kids, it’s their third time with a new coach. These kids are playing well. I think we’re doing the things we need to do — it’s just putting that all together and the kids finding their roles on the team and I think it’s gonna click.”

Mailey was Nevada’s top offensive threat against Roland-Story. She made two 3-pointers and scored 11 points.

Rewerts added seven points, two steals and a block. Sydney Mosinski chipped in three points, six rebounds, one steal and a block for the Cubs.

Clark drained two 3-pointers and led Roland-Story with 12 points. She also pulled down a team-high six rebounds.

Weaver finished with 11 points, and Kylie Tjernagel and Reagan Barkema each put up seven. Barkema also had three assists and steals apiece.

Roland-Story 42, Nevada 26

RS 8 11 12 11 - 42

N 5 7 10 4 - 26

Roland-Story (42) - Jordyn Ramus 0-0 0-0 0, Juliann Clark 3-9 4-5 12, Amy Rathmacher 2-6 0-0 5, Madeline Morton 0-5 0-0 0, Reece Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Susie Weaver 3-8 3-5 11, Reagan Barkema 3-8 0-1 7, MaKayla Geise 0-0 0-0 0, Kylie Tjernagel 3-6 0-0 7. Totals: 14-43 7-11 42. 3-point field goals (7): Weaver 2, Clark 2, Rathmacher, Barkema, Tjernagel. Rebounds (23): Clark 6. Assists (8): Barkema 3. Steals (6): Barkema 3. Blocks (1): Morton. Fouls: 12.

Nevada (26) - Sydney Mosinski 1-2 1-2 3, Mikayla Long 1-2 0-0 2, Amanda Fortmann 0-3 0-0 0, Amelea Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Megan Wessels 0-0 0-0 0, Kacie Rewerts 3-6 1-2 7, Aubrey Gibson 0-3 1-2 1, Riley Mailey 4-7 1-2 11, Addi Vorm 1-7 0-0 2. Totals: 10-30 4-8 26. 3-point field goals (2): Mailey 2. Rebounds (16): Mosinski 6. Assists (2): Rewerts, Mailey. Steals (8): Fortmann 2, Vorm 2, Rewerts 2. Blocks (2): Mosinksi, Rewerts. Fouls: 11.

NEVADA — Nevada played No. 1 Grundy Center tough in stretches, but the Cubs had to make up too much ground early in a 51-29 loss Nov. 26 at the Nevada High School Field House.

Nevada held Grundy Center to just three points over the first five minutes of the second quarter and played the Spartans evenly in the second half. But by that point, the Cubs were unable to dig out of an early 21-4 hole to fall to 0-3 on the season.

“We just played a bad first half of basketball,” Nevada head girls’ basketball coach Jordan Bentley said. “We spotted them a 14-point lead and then got down 30-9 at the end of the first half.”

Grundy Center hit three 3-pointers and also converted a traditional three-point play during its big early surge. Suffocating defense was the key to the Spartans’ early success as Nevada rarely got a good look at the basket.

The Cubs tightened up on defense themselves in the second quarter to prevent the game from getting out of hand. In the second half, they did a better job of going inside and Addi Vorm also drained a couple 3-pointers.

“In the second half we took advantage of getting the ball inside a little bit more and using our size, we were able to fastbreak and get some things out of that and we hit some 3s there too,” Bentley said. “Much better in the second half.”

Vorm finished with eight points and she also had five assists and four rebounds. Kacie Rewerts took advantage of her speed and length to finish with eight points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal for Nevada.

Sydney Mosinski netted six points and she was also tough defensively for the Cubs with three blocks and two steals. Aubrey Gibson made both of her shots from the field to finish with four points, Riley Mailey put up three points, Amanda Fortmann pulled down three rebounds and Mikayla Long dished out two assists.

Hailey Wallis paced Grundy Center with 15 points and she also had five assists and steals apiece. Brooke Flater tacked on seven points and nine rebounds for the Spartans.

Grundy Center 51, Nevada 29

GC 18 12 11 10 - 51

N 4 5 12 8 - 29

Grundy Center (51) - Reegan Zinkula 2-6 0-0 5, Hailey Wallis 5-12 4-4 15, Maddi McMartin 1-5 0-0 2, Sydney Matthews 2-2 0-0 6, Shelby Rivera 0-0 0-0 0, Sarah Lindeman 2-7 1-2 6, Cora Saak 2-5 0-0 5, Kylie Willis 2-7 1-1 5, Brooke Flater 3-13 1-2 7. Totals: 19-57 7-9 51. 3-point field goals (7): Matthews 2, Zinkula, Wallis, McMartin, Lindeman, Saak. Rebounds (29): Flater 9. Assists (12): Wallis 5. Steals (10): Wallis 5. Blocks (2): Wallis, Flater. Fouls: 9.

Nevada (29) - Sydney Mosinski 3-5 0-0 6, Mikayla Long 0-0 0-0 0, Amanda Fortmann 0-7 0-0 0, Amelea Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Kacie Rewerts 4-7 0-1 8, Aubrey Gibson 2-2 0-0 4, Riley Mailey 1-4 0-0 3, Addi Vorm 3-6 0-1 8. Totals: 13-31 0-2 29. 3-point field goals (3): Vorm 2, Mailey. Rebounds (21): Rewerts 6. Assists (10): Vorm 5. Steals (4): Mosinski 2. Blocks (3): Mosinski 3. Fouls: 7.