The Newburg girls basketball team (6-8) opened 2018 with a pair of road contests at Union and Iberia on Wednesday, Jan. 3 and Thursday, Jan. 4, respectively. Newburg struggled in the second half to fall 55-29 against Union, but bounced back with a 49-41 win over Iberia on Thursday.
Newburg got out to a solid start against Union on Thursday, only trailing by six at the half. They managed to cut the deficit to five midway through the third, but the Lady Wolves ran out of gas and Union ran away with a 55-29 win.
Kylee Brookshire recorded another double-double for Newburg with 12 points and 12 boards to go along with four blocks and three steals. The Lady Wolves struggled with turnovers in the loss, turning the ball over 33 times as compared to 10 from Union.
Despite a rough game Wednesday night, Newburg recovered on Thursday. After losing to Iberia 45-40 in the fifth place game of the Linn Invitational, the Lady Wolves got their revenge in the rematch. Newburg never trailed after going up 16-13 through the opening quarter, stretching their lead out to 30-19 at the half. Iberia closed the gap in the fourth, but Newburg was able to hold on for a 49-41 win.
Brookshire was stellar again for the Lady Wolves with yet another double-double, scoring 22 points and pulling down 12 boards. She added three steals, two assists and a block. Kaylee Skinner chipped in with another 11 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
"We played real well defensively in the first half and that was the real story of the game with Kylee holding down the middle and our guards containing their drives," said head coach Jeff Atchison. "The whole team played well handling the pressure and running our offense. We got back from getting beat by them in Linn."
Newburg will return to their home court to face off against Plato on Monday, Jan. 8.