ALGONA - The second-ranked (Class 1A) Newell-Fonda girls punched their state tournament ticket here Monday night, earning a regional title over Northwood-Kensett, 79-45.
Claudia Larsen scored a game-high 28 points for the Mustangs (23-2 overall), while Tayler Schrank added 12 and Renee Maneman scored 10.
"I am so happy for our kids,'' said Newell-Fonda head coach Dick Jungers. "They played lights out.
"Our pressure was able to dictate the type of game that we wanted.''
Newell-Fonda broke the game open in the second, outscoring Northwood-Kensett (17-9) 28-9. The lead was never in question, as the Mustangs pushed it to 64-33 entering the fourth.
Andrea Christensen added nine points and Brianna Wells tallied five for Newell-Fonda, which is returning to Des Moine and the elite eight for the first time since 2011.
Newell-Fonda 79, Northwood-Kensett 45
Newell-Fonda - Jordon Wilken 4, Renee Maneman 10, Tayler Schrank 12, Brianna Wells 5, Jade Hess 2, Maddi Morenz 2, Claudia Larsen 28, Hailey Falline 4, Marianna Overgaard 2, Andrea Christensen 9, Ashley Christensen 1.
Northwood-Kensett - Mary Bjorkland 4, Brooke Burnes 11, Maven Davidson 12, Taryn Van Rysckoyk 2, Shelby Hogan 1, Kayla Branstad 5, Shelby Law 2, Hallie Davidson 8.
Quarter scores: Newell-Fonda led 16-8, 44-17, 64-33.
The Mustangs have qualified for state nine times now, including three of the past four years.
Joining Newell-Fonda next week at Wells Fargo Arena will be Villisca, No. 13 Bellevue Marquette, No. 4 Ar-We-Va, seventh-rated Colo-Nesco, No. 1 Central Lyon, Earlham and fifth-ranked Burlington Notre Dame.
The Mustangs will face Villisca (21-4) on Monday.