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February 7, 2013

Osky girls post 17th win of season; top Newton

NEWTON — When Little Hawkeye Conference foes Oskaloosa and Newton met Jan. 11 in Oskaloosa, the Indians forced the Cardinals into 28 turnovers and won 57-38.

The teams had their rematch Tuesday night and the outcome was nearly identical as Newton had 19 turnovers and the 15th-ranked Indians recorded the 54-41 victory to remain tied with Friday night’s opponent Norwalk for second in the conference race.

The Warriors posted a 47-43 win over Pella Tuesday night.

Newton had three straight turnovers to begin the game while Oskaloosa (17-4 overall, 8-3 LHC) led 8-0 on a pair of Kena Veldhuizen 3-pointers and two free throws from Allie Christenson.

Kaylie Rhoads had Newton’s first five points on a 3 and an offensive put-back to pull the Cardinals to 8-5, but the Indians would close out the first quarter on an 8-3 run, culminating on a 3-pointer from Christenson at the buzzer.

Oskaloosa’s biggest lead in the first half was 10 midway in the second quarter. Christenson hit a 3-pointer to give the Indians a 19-9 lead, only to have Newton come back with six straight points with Kristin Samson and Sarah Kalkhoff drained a 3-pointer to make it a 19-15 game with 1:30 remaining in the half.

But Taylor Crawford ended the half with two straight buckets to end the 3:17 dry spell and boost the lead back to 8 at 23-15 at the intermission.

“Offensively in the second quarter wasn’t our best effort,” Oskaloosa coach Steve Kaisand said. “We didn’t attack like we needed to. We weren’t patient and made some bad passes. We kind of got a little lazy in the second quarter.”

The Indians took a 40-29 lead to the fourth quarter and were able to hold off the Cardinals from the free-throw line. Oskaloosa converted 8 of 11 from the charity stripe as it went 16-for-22 from the line.

“We did miss some free throws through the game, but in the fourth quarter when we needed some, we got some good shooting,” Kaisand said. “I thought Taylor Richardson did a good job going to the line constantly in the fourth quarter.”

Richardson went to the foul line five times in the final 8 minutes, making three of them for all of her points.

The Indians close the regular season Friday night on the road at Norwalk.

Oskaloosa 54, Newton 41

O    16    7    17    14    —    54

N    8    7    14    12    —    41

OSKALOOSA (54) — Taylor Richardson 0 3-5 3, Kena Veldhuizen 5 4-4 16, Allie Christenson 2 5-6 11, Taylor Crawford 6 1-3 13, Kate Hasselman 2 1-2 5, Peyton Zickefoose 2 2-2 6, Sarandyn Curtis 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 16-22 54.

3-point goals — 4 (Veldhuizen 2, Christenson 2). Rebounds — 22 (Crawford 7, Hasselman 6). Steals — 8 (Veldhuizen 4, Richardson 2, Christenson 2). Assists — 10 (Veldhuizen 4, Christenson 3). Total fouls — 17. Turnovers — 11.

NEWTON (41) — Michelle Marquis 2 0-0 6, Kaylie Rhoads 4 8-9 17, Katelyn Camp 1 0-0 2, Kristin Samson 1 4-6 6, Anna Latcham 1 0-0 2, Michaela Jacobsen 0 3-6 3, Sarah Kalkhoff 2 0-0 5. Totals 11 15-21 41.

3-point goals — 4 (Marquis 2, Rhoads 1, Kalkhoff 1). Rebounds — 29 (Rhoads 7, Camp 6). Steals — 5 (Camp 2). Assists — 9 (Camp 3). Technical — Newton bench. Total fouls — 18. Turnovers — 19.

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