MASON CITY | The Newman Catholic girls basketball team finally got its Class 1A tournament underway on Saturday after Mother Nature postponed things for a couple of days.
The Knights played host to a Northwood-Kensett team that they had handled in two previous meetings this season, and Saturday was no exception as Newman burst out to a 30-point halftime lead and rolled to a 63-32 victory.
“There were things we could have done better,” Knights coach Mike Schutt said. “But N-K played hard.”
Newman bolted to a 10-0 advantage on the strength of the two facets of the game that generally indicate success for the Knights — three-point shooting and its press.
Lily Castle got off to a hot start for Newman with nine first-quarter points as Newman took a 21-4 advantage after eight minutes.
Newman, though, continued its hot shooting from long-range as the Knights had six different players hit on eight total 3-pointers in the first half.
With the game comfortably out of reach and a running clock, Schutt turned to his reserves for the entire fourth quarter.
“It’s good to get those girls in like that,” Schutt said. “They all work hard at practice.”
Castle finished with 16 points to lead the Knights.
Maria Determan and Kailah Thompson had 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Laura Hopperstad and Paige Oleson had eight points apiece for the Vikings.
Newman (12-10) advances to face North Butler at Greene in regional quarterfinal action on Tuesday.
The Knights and Bearcats split two meetings during the regular season with Newman winning 52-45 on Dec. 1 and North Butler claiming a 59-56 victory on Jan. 12.