MASON CITY | The North Butler girls basketball team put together a solid second half and overcame an eight-point deficit to eke out a 59-56 victory over Newman Catholic on Friday.

The Bearcats outscored the Knights 37-26 over the final 16 minutes of play.

The key stretch for North Butler was a 12-0 run over a three-minute span early in the fourth quarter.

North Butler’s success was largely due to solid defense that made Newman almost one-dimensional on offense.

The Knights hoisted up 70 shots on the evening, 48 of which came from beyond the three-point arc.

“All of the Newman girls can shoot threes,” North Butler coach Megan Neuendorf said. “All five had to close out on their shooters.”

While Newman typically has success from long-range, the North Butler defense limited the Knights to less than 23 percent from the three-point line.

The Bearcats were also able to minimize the impact of Newman’s full-court pressure defense.

“We played hard,” Knights coach Mike Schutt said. “They shot the ball really well.”

Marcy Jacobs had 12 of her game-high 18 points in the second half to lead North Butler.

Madison Pleas had 13, Morgan Arjes 12 and Nicole Heeren 10 for the Bearcats.

Peyton Olson had 15 to lead Newman while Kailah Thompson and Paige Walker added 10 points apiece.

Newman (7-7) looks to get back on track on Tuesday when it travels to Nashua-Plainfield.

North Butler (8-4) faces a big conference matchup against Central Springs on Tuesday.

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