Newell-Fonda got off to a fast start and rolled past Marquette Catholic 69-52 to reach the Class 1A championship game.
DES MOINES, Iowa -- -
Newell-Fonda is getting another chance to win a state championship.
The second-ranked Mustangs got off to a fast start with accurate 3-point shooting and rolled past Marquette Catholic of Bellevue 69-52 to reach the Class 1A championship game.
Renee Maneman shot 5-for-9 from 3-point range and finished with 21 points to lead Newell-Fonda. She also handed out six assists and made four steals. Andrea Christensen added 16 points for the Mustangs and Claudia Larsen scored eight.
Newell-Fonda started the game by making four 3-pointers -- three by Maneman -- and led the rest of the way. When Marquette got to within five points midway through the second quarter, the Mustangs answered with six straight points and the lead was never below double figures after that.
"It's a fantastic feeling," said Newell-Fonda head coach Dick Jungers. "The way the girls got after it, their effort and intensity was phenomenal and it was just another great win over another very good ball club. Bellevue is a great team."
Newell-Fonda will play in the title game for the fourth time and is seeking its first championship. The Mustangs lost in the state finals in 1997, 2000 and 2008.
They'll play for the championship at 4 p.m. Friday against either top-ranked Central Lyon or No. 5 Burlington Notre Dame. They meet in the other semifinal game at 10 a.m. Thursday.
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