For the second time in three days, the Newburg girls basketball team (18-4) faced off against Steelville. After the Lady Wolves pulled out a 51-42 win in the Newburg Girls Basketball Tournament Championship over the Lady Cardinals, Newburg travelled to Steelville on Monday, Feb. 6 for the rematch. Steelville managed to tie the game late to force overtime, but Newburg was able to pull out a 41-40 win.
This was a defensive matchup through and through for two teams that are very familiar with each other. Points were tough to come across all night long and that started in the first quarter. The two teams combined for just 15 points in the first and Steelville was able to take an 8-7 lead into the second.
Newburg was able to retake the lead with a 13 point second quarter and carried a 20-18 lead into the half.
The Lady Wolves were able to separate themselves in third thanks to a phenomenal quarter on the defensive end. Newburg held Steelville to just five points and went into the fourth with a 31-23 lead, but the Lady Cardinals were not going down without a fight.
Newburg managed to stretch their lead to 10 points with three minutes left to play, but Steelville ended the fourth on a high note. The Lady Wolves had three straight unforced turnovers and Steelville tied the game at 38 at the end of regulation.
The defense continued in the overtime period with a total of five points scored. Rolla held onto the ball for the final 2:30 of regulation. With four seconds left, they went to Audrey Suschanke for a layup and she was fouled with the game tied at 40. She missed her first free throw attempt, but made the second to give Newburg a 41-40 win.
"The key to the win was the defense that Alexis Stevenson, Mychaela Van Pelt, Audrey Suschanke, and McKayla Callahan played in our triangle and two defense against their two top players," said head coach Steve Guffey.
Steelville focused on shutting down the Newburg guards, so the Lady Wolves needed a strong game down low and that's exactly what they got. Kylee Brookshire scored 24 points and grabbed seven boards to carry the team into victory. The Lady Wolves are normally a team that can find success from three, but they they were only able to make one with their limited looks from the perimeter.
Newburg will face Liberty for their next contest on Thursday, Feb. 9 before closing out their regular season with two conference games.
Brookshire - 24 pts, 7 rebs; Guffey - 7 pts, 5 asts; Callahan - 5 pts, 4 asts, 4 stls; Dondlinger - 2 pts, 6 rebs; Van Pelt - 2 pts; Suschanke - 1 pt