MONROE — The Nevada girls’ basketball team used a strong inside game to overcome outside shooting woes and dispatched Prairie City-Monroe, 43-23, Friday in Monroe.

Nevada, ranked No. 3 in Class 3A, moved one step closer to an undefeated Heart of Iowa Conference run by scoring 43 points ,shooting 50 percent from inside the 3-point arc and outrebounding PCM by a 35-22 margin. The Cubs also had another fantastic outing on defense, limiting the Mustangs to a horrid 15-percent shooting night and only seven total field goals.

The Cubs jumped out to a nine-point lead after one quarter. By halftime, they had a 21-10 lead and through three quarters it was 33-16.

Kati Cassabaum and Lexy Koudelka - the two-headed monster in the low post for Nevada - combined for 28 points.

Cassabaum turned in a tremendous all-around game. She scored 16 points, pulled down 13 rebounds, blocked seven shots, dished out six assists and came away with two steals.

Koudelka put up 12 points and four rebounds. She also had four blocks.

Hattie Rhodes stepped up off the bench to give Nevada some more firepower inside. Rhodes tallied six points and two rebounds.

Amaris Hornbuckle put up three points and four rebounds off the bench. Claire Ausman added three points and two steals, Ally Fey had two points and five steals and Abby Stephenson put up one point, four rebounds and one assist.

The win put Nevada at 17-3 overall and 15-0 in the HOIC.

PCM fell to 11-9 overall and 10-5 in the conference. Alexis Timmins had seven points and Katie VandeWall pulled down eight rebounds for the Mustangs.

Nevada 43, PCM 23

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PCM 4 6 6 7 - 23

Nevada (43) - Claire Ausman 1-7 0-0 3, Abby Stephenson 0-3 1-2 1, Holly Coogler 0-2 0-0 0, Lexy Koudelka 6-9 0-0 12, Alli Fey 1-6 0-0 2, Izzy Kapustka 0-1 0-0 0, Kati Cassabaum 6-14 4-7 16, Amaris Hornbuckle 0-0 3-4 3, Hattie Rhodes 3-4 0-0 6. Totals: 17-46 8-13 43. 3-point field goals (1): Ausman. Rebounds (35): Cassabaum 13. Assists (11): Cassabaum 6. Steals (12): Fey 5. Blocks (11): Cassabaum 7.

PCM (23) - Jaiden Rodgers 0-0 0-0 0, Alexis Timmins 2-5 2-2 7, Jayci Vos 1-12 2-3 4, Emily Hugen 0-0 0-0 0, Katie VandeWall 0-5 0-0 0, Rachel Stafford 1-6 1-2 3, Abby Waddell 0-0 0-0 0, Kayla Jennings 1-9 1-5 3, Karina VanDyke 0-3 2-2 2, Bailey Brodersen 1-3 0-2 2, Kaylee Townsend 1-3 0-0 2. Totals: 7-46 8-16 23. 3-point field goals (1): Timmins. Rebounds (22): VandeWall 8. Assists (4): VandeWall 2, Jennings 2. Steals (9): Jennings 4. Blocks (2): Townsend 2.

GILBERT — A record-setting outside shooting display and a near-record defensive performance enabled Nevada to overwhelm Gilbert, 51-8, in a makeup game Feb. 4 at Gilbert.

Alli Fey broke a longtime Nevada record she and teammate Claire Ausman both shared by draining seven 3-pointers against Gilbert. The Cubs also held Gilbert to a single field goal and just missed holding a team to the school-record low of six points for the second time in three games after defeating Greene County by a 65-7 score on Jan. 26.

Gilbert only scored two points in the second half. Sarah Hinners converted the Tigers’ only field goal with 43 seconds left in the third quarter.

"Our girls just love playing defense," Nevada head coach Kristin Meyer said. "They take pride in it. We figure out what the other team is doing offensively and we jump to the spots we need to be in. Then it’s move your feet, hands off and make them take a tough shot and only get one shot each possession."

Fey, meanwhile, took care of the offensive end for Nevada. She scored 19 of her game-high 25 points in the first half, canning five 3-pointers over the first two quarters.

In the third quarter she tied the 3-point mark, and then broke it with a shot from the wing with just under three minutes left in the period. After converting the record shot, she pumped her fist in celebration after finally breaking an old mark that had been tied on multiple occasions.

"I’ve been working for it for four years now, so it was exciting," Fey said. "There’s only a couple games left and I really wanted to get it."

Fey credited the imposing presence of 6-1 Lexy Koudelka and 6-0 Kati Cassabaum in the low post, the additional outside shooting threat of Ausman and the versatile play of Abby Stephenson for creating a lot of good looks for her from outside.

"I’m wide open when I shoot my 3s," Fey said. "It helps when everyone can score. They can’t just guard me, they have to guard everybody."

Koudelka had 13 points and two blocks versus Gilbert. Ausman tallied five points, four steals and three assists, Cassabaum had two points, seven assists and six rebounds and steals apiece and Stephenson put up two points, six assists and five steals.

Hattie Rhodes came off the bench to deliver two points, five rebounds and one block and Izzy Kapustka netted two points for Nevada.

Hinners, Livvy Hampton, Xary Nunez-Hiraldo and Lauren Rosburg each scored two points for Gilbert. Hinners also had five rebounds.

Nevada 51, Gilbert 8

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G 2 4 2 0 - 8

Nevada (51) - Claire Ausman 1-4 2-2 5, Abby Stephenson 1-3 0-0 2, Holly Coogler 0-1 0-0 0, Lexy Koudelka 6-7 1-1 13, Alli Fey 9-15 0-0 25, Izzy Kapustka 1-3 0-0 2, Kati Cassabaum 1-4 0-0 2, Amaris Hornbuckle 0-1 0-2 0, Hattie Rhodes 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 20-39 3-5 51. 3-point field goals (8): Fey 7, Ausman. Rebounds (27): Cassabaum 6. Assists (19): Cassabaum 7. Steals (20): Cassabaum 6. Blocks (5): Koudelka 2, Cassabaum 2.

Gilbert (8) - Kenzie Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Hannah Thatcher 0-0 0-0 0, Xary Nunez-Hiraldo 0-1 2-2 2, Sarah Steffen 0-1 0-0 0, Emma Killian 0-0 0-0 0, Trinity Jackson 0-1 0-0 0, Livvy Hampton 0-1 2-6 2, Tate Powers 0-3 0-0 0, Sarah Hinners 1-3 0-0 2, Jamie Brenner 0-2 0-0 0, Lauren Rosburg 0-5 2-6 2. Totals: 1-17 6-14 8. 3-point field goals: None. Rebounds (11): Hinners 5. Assists: None. Steals (6): Rosburg 3. Blocks (1): Nunez-Hiraldo.