NEWTON - The North Polk girls’ basketball team opened the season in impressive fashion with victories over Carlisle and Newton at the Newton Invitational Friday and Saturday in Newton.


The Comets downed Carlisle by a 53-46 score Friday. North Polk took charge in the third quarter, outscoring the Wildcats by seven points to build a 41-31 lead.


North Polk shot 39 percent from the field and was strong on the glass, pulling down 11 offensive boards and totaling 40 rebounds. The Comets also came up with 16 steals and six blocks defensively.


Katie Brown had a huge game for North Polk with 21 points on 9 of 13 shooting from the field. Brown also had five rebounds and steals apiece, plus three assists.


Jaedon Murphy and Maggie Phipps also scored in double figures for North Polk. Murphy tallied 15 points, eight rebounds, three blocks, three steals and two assists and Phipps 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.


Abi Zimmer chipped in two points and five rebounds and Katie Scott two points and three assists.


North Polk used a dominant start to whip Newton by a 53-37 score on Saturday.


The Comets jumped all over the Cardinals in the first quarter, building a 23-5 lead. By halftime, North Polk had put the game away, holding a 37-14 advantage.


The Comets ripped down 14 offensive rebounds and 38 total boards. North Polk also had 16 steals and made eight 3-pointers.


Phipps netted a game-high 16 points and added two assists, one steal and one block for North Polk in the win. Zimmer came up with eight points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists off the bench and Scott chipped in six points, three assists and two steals.


Rebecca Ley finished with four points, nine rebounds and two assists and Katie Brown five points, five steals and one block.


North Polk 53, Carlisle 46


C 10 10 11 15 - 46


NP 14 9 18 12 - 53


North Polk (53) - Katryn Halterman 0-2 0-0 0, Rebecca Ley 0-1 0-2 0, Katie Scott 1-4 0-2 2, Abi Zimmer 1-3 0-0 2, Danielle Bonewitz 0-1 0-0 0, Katie Brown 9-13 1-1 21, Jaedon Murphy 5-11 5-5 15, Hannah Foster 0-0 0-0 0, Carolyn Steffen 0-2 0-0 0, Maggie Phipps 5-17 2-7 13, Maddie Bruggeman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-54 8-17 53. 3-point field goals (3): Brown 2, Phipps. Rebounds (40): Murphy 8. Assists (13): Scott 3, Brown 3, Phipps 3. Steals (16): Brown 5. Blocks (6): Murphy 3. Fouls: 17.


North Polk 53, Newton 37


NP 23 14 8 8 - 53


N 5 9 9 14 - 37


North Polk (53) - Katryn Halterman 1-6 0-2 2, Rebecca Ley 2-3 0-2 4, Katie Scott 2-5 0-0 6, Abi Zimmer 3-4 0-0 8, Danielle Bonewitz 2-5 0-0 5, Katie Brown 2-8 0-2 5, Hannah Foster 0-9 2-2 2, Carolyn Steffen 0-2 1-2 1, Maggie Phipps 7-13 0-0 16, Sydney Albaugh 0-1 0-0 0, Callie Haupert 1-2 0-0 2, Ciera McCloud 0-0 0-0 0, Maddie Bruggeman 1-3 0-0 2. Totals: 21-61 3-10 53. 3-point field goals (8): Brown 2, Zimmer 2, Phipps 2, Bonewitz, Brown. Rebounds (38): Ley 9. Assists (17): Scott 3, Foster 3. Steals (16): Brown 5. Blocks (2): Brown, Phipps.


Newton (37) - Anna Forsyth 0 0-0 0, Randi Walters 4 0-1 8, Marcelina Marvelli 1 0-0 3, Rachel Rhoads 2 0-0 4, Taylor Ryan 4 2-2 12, Kameron Nehring 1 0-0 2, Ali Bestell 1 1-2 3, Adyson Blom 1 3-3 5. Totals: 14 6-8 37. 3-point field goals (3): Ryan 2, Marvelli. Fouls: 11.