Koudelka torments SH girls one more time, No. 10 Nevada rolls

Illinois State recruit scores 21 points; Grubb 15 points, 8 boards for Hawks

NEVADA — Look at the bright side, South Hamilton: You only have to face Lexy Koudelka one more time.

That’s one more time than Hawks’ head coach Mark Henderson prefers.

Koudelka, Nevada’s 6-foot-2 do-everything post player, was her usual dominant self Tuesday night, as she powered the 10th-ranked (Class 3A) Cubs to a comfortable 56-25 victory over South Hamilton in a Heart of Iowa Conference girls’ basketball game.

The multiple-time all-state player and Illinois State commit poured in 21 pounds, yanked down 14 rebounds, swatted seven shots and collected four steals in the contest. She even buried her one and only 3-point attempt for good measure.

Unstoppable. Again. And South Hamilton (1-4, 0-2 HOIC) simply had to take it.

“It shows how good of a player Koudelka is with her stat line considering she was the whole focus of our defense,” Henderson said. “She does such a good job of blocking shots without fouling that we were forced into shooting 15 footers instead of attacking the basket.”

Koudelka actually scored and rebounded below her season averages of 25 points and 15 boards.

Kacie Rewerts added 12 points and Amanda Fortmann finished with nine for Nevada (3-1, 2-0 HOIC).

Marla Grubb continued to be a dependable offensive option for South Hamilton. She senior forward dropped in 15 points to go along with eight rebounds and a pair of assists. Breanne Diersen had four points and eight caroms.

Nevada outscored the Hawks 15-2 in the second quarter to build a 25-6 halftime lead.

“They are a really tough match-up for us,” Henderson said. “They really take away some of our strengths, which are offensive rebounding and getting to the free throw line.”

South Hamilton will host North Polk on Friday.

Nevada 56, South Hamilton 25

Tuesday at Nevada

South Hamilton (1-4, 0-2 HOIC) — Kelsey Hildreth 0 0-0 0, Rylee Woodall 0 0-2 0, Anna Moss 1 0-0 2, Breanne Diersen 2 0-0 4, Taylor Volkmann 0 0-0 0, Marla Grubb 6 3-3 15, Sydney Friest 2 0-0 4, Brookelyn George 0 0-0 0, Aneesa Balderas 0 0-0 0, Cheyanne Dilley 0 0-0 0, Cortney Harris 0 0-0 0. Totals: 11 3-5 25.

Nevada (3-1, 2-0 HOIC) — Amanda Fortmann 3 3-7 9, Lexy Koudelka 9 2-4 21, Kacie Rewerts 5 2-2 12, Hattie Rhodes 2 2-2 7, Riley Mailey 1 0-0 2. Addisyn Vorm 1 00 3, Elizabeth Wessels 1 0-0 2. Totals: 22 9-15 56.

S. Hamilton 4 2 10 9 — 25

Nevada 10 15 14 17 — 56

3-point field goals — NEV 3 (Koudelka, Vorm, Rhodes). Rebounds — SH 31 (Grubb 8, Diersen 8). Steals — SH 8 (Moss 3, Volkmann 3). Assists — SH 7 (Volkmann 3, Grubb 2). Turnovers — SH 23, NEV 14. Team fouls — SH 10, NEV 11. Fouled out — none.

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