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MASON CITY | Despite a 4-3 mark to open the season, the Newman Catholic girls basketball team was still looking for its first back-to-back wins this season.

After a convincing win over Rockford on Tuesday, the Knights played host to Northwood-Kensett on Friday, and they left little doubt after a 16-0 run in the first half sparked the Knights to a 71-27 win.

“We did what we wanted to do,” Newman coach Mike Schutt said. “You need to take care of what you should take care of.”

As has been the story for the Knights all season long, the pressure defense, especially over the first two quarters, was the difference.

Newman forced the Vikings into 24 first-half turnovers that helped the Knights build a 53-17 halftime advantage.

The Knights added some solid shooting from beyond the three-point line.

Seven different Newman players combined to make 10 three-pointers.

Peyton Olson connected on three 3-pointers and finished with 15 to lead three Knights in double figures.

Lily Castle added 14 points and Maria Determan 10.

Eleven different Newman players scored.

Clara Davidson led N-K with nine.

Newman (5-3) faces a tough road challenge on Tuesday when it travels to West Hancock.

N-K (1-6) travels to Central Springs on Tuesday.

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