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Iowa girls basketball: G-LR's season ends against state’s top team

CHEROKEE, Iowa — For the second straight year, George-Little Rock’s girls basketball team saw its season come to an end just shy of the state tournament Monday night at Cherokee Washington High School in a Region 1 final against Class 1A’s top-ranked Newell-Fonda.

In a game featuring a pair of Mustangs, N-F pulled out a 72-53 win over G-LR and advanced to next week’s girls state basketball tournament.

“They’re an extremely good team. They kind of came at us when we got in foul trouble there in the third quarter,” George-Little Rock head coach Heather Grafing said. “I know our girls wanted to end their season by playing down in Des Moines, but I really can’t be any prouder of them.”

G-LR senior Jessica Sandbulte led her team with a game-high 21 points. Danielle Eben, in foul trouble throughout the second half, finished with 10 pounds and five rebounds. Sophomore guard Mariah Terhark had nine points with 10 boards.

Newell-Fonda had point guard Renee Maneman leading the way with 19 points. She led the way in nearly every way, Grafing said.

“She’s the best point guard, in my opinion, in any class,” the coach said. “She doesn’t care if she scores. You have to have more than one set of eyes on her at all times.”

G-LR finishes at 15-10 overall.

George-Little Rock 12 28 37 53

Newell-Fonda 10 29 58 72