Down by three at halftime, the Newton High freshman girls took control at home Monday against Norwalk. The Cardinals outscored the visiting Warriors 31-15 in the second half on their way to a 40-27 victory.
“We clicked. It finally happened tonight. The girls played as a team, talked on the court, made adjustments, and came out with a big come-behind win,” Newton freshman coach Andy Kuker said after Monday’s win.
Norwalk had a 12-9 lead at halftime and still led after three quarters, 18-15. Newton rolled in the fourth quarter and Kuker gives some of that credit to a full-court pressure defense applied by the Cardinals.
“We’ve never practiced a full-court man press but during a quick time-out they all listened and made Norwalk create some huge turnovers. Norwalk turned it over 20 times, 15 in the second half when we applied the press,” Kuker said. “Offensively, we took care of the ball much better. We made smarter passes and drove more to the hope instead of off-balance jump shots.”
The Cardinal girls had 20 steals in the game led by Jamie Rogers with five steals. Jerrica McGuire and Kynnedei Terpstra each had four steals.
McGuire paced Newton on offense with 15 points and she had eight rebounds. Terpstra tossed in seven points and Rogers had six points. Tess Brunsmann scored four points.
Scoring two points each for the Cardinals were Victoria Reynolds, Alona Kosenko, Liv Whitten and Lilly Busch.
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