ALLEMAN - The shots wouldn’t fall for the North Polk girls’ basketball team against No. 10 (Class 3A) Nevada to start Heart of Iowa Conference play Friday at Alleman.


The Comets entered the contest 3-0, coming off a big 48-41 home win over a Pella team rated No. 10 in 4A. But they shot just 18 percent from the field against Nevada in a 42-29 setback.


“We couldn’t make a shot, that was pretty much it,” North Polk head girls’ basketball coach Clint Albertsen said. “You hold somebody to 42, that’s usually not bad. Defensively, we played pretty good, but you have to score.”


North Polk started off well. The Comets struggled from outside, but they still took an 8-5 lead at the end of one quarter after Jaedon Murphy scored five points and Maggie Phipps hit a 3-pointer.


But in the second quarter, they were limited to two points. Nevada also got going offensively in the quarter to surge in front by a 21-10 score at the break.


“That first half — we left a lot of points out there,” Albertsen said. “A point-blank shot we’ve got to convert and when we get to the free-throw line, we’ve got to make two instead of one. We just have to shoot the ball better. Sometimes basketball is that simple.”


Things turned around a little bit for North Polk in the third quarter. The Comets went on an 8-0 run with five points from Murphy, two from Phipps and one from Carolyn Steffen.


But Nevada regrouped to push its lead back to 30-21 early in the fourth quarter. North Polk never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.


Despite a great defensive effort from Murphy, and lots of double- and triple-teams, Nevada all-state center Lexy Koudelka burned North Polk for 20 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks. Hattie Rhodes pulled down 11 rebounds and Kacie Rewerts added seven points and five assists for Nevada as the Cubs improved to 2-1 on the season.


Murphy played an outstanding game before going down with an injury late in the second half. In addition to making Koudelka work extra hard for her points, Murphy scored a team-high 13 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and blocked one shot.


“Jaedon was battling,” Albertsen said. “She did a great job. That’s two games in a row — Pella had a really good post player she battled. So Jaedon’s been working really hard.”


Phipps recorded nine points, seven rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block. Steffen had five points, four rebounds and one steal; Abi Zimmer two points, one assist and one steal and Katie Scott three rebounds, three assists and two steals.


Nevada 42, North Polk 29


N 5 16 7 14 - 42


NP 8 2 11 8 - 29


Nevada (42) - Amanda Fortmann 2-7 1-6 5, Lexy Koudelka 7-9 6-8 20, Kelby Rewerts 2-3 0-0 6, Kacie Rewerts 3-8 1-2 7, Hattie Rhodes 0-3 0-0 0, Riley Mailey 1-3 2-2 4. Totals: 15-33 10-18 42. 3-point field goals (2): Ke. Rewerts 2. Rebounds (38): Koudelka 15. Assists (13): Ka. Rewerts 5. Steals (8): Koudelka 3. Blocks (6): Koudelka 4. Fouls: 10.


North Polk (29) - Rebecca Ley 0-3 0-0 0, Katie Scott 0-5 0-2 0, Abi Zimmer 1-5 0-0 2, Danielle Bonewitz 0-2 0-0, Katie Brown 0-10 0-0 0, Jaedon Murphy 5-9 3-6 13, Hannah Foster 0-2 0-0 0, Carolyn Steffen 2-4 1-2 5, Maggie Phipps 2-13 3-4 9, Maddie Bruggeman 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 10-55 7-14 29. 3-point field goals (2): Phipps 2. Rebounds (36): Murphy 11. Steals (12): Brown 3. Blocks (3): Brown, Murphy, Phipps. Fouls: 17.


ALLEMAN - A great close gave North Polk a big 48-41 upset victory over No. 10 (Class 4A) Pella Nov. 28 at Alleman.


The Comets outscored the Little Dutch 18-8 in the fourth quarter to rally for the victory over last year’s state semifinalist and go to 3-0 on the season. North Polk led 23-21 at the half, but scored just seven points in the third quarter to allow Pella to move in front before going on its big run in the fourth.


North Polk did a great job on the boards, outrebounding Pella by a 33-26 margin. The Comets limited the Little Dutch to just two 3-pointers on seven attempts and that helped them overcome a sluggish 33-percent shooting night from the field.


Maggie Phipps had 18 points, four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal for North Polk in the win. Katie Scott hit three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points and two assists and Jaedon Murphy collected nine points, five rebounds, two blocks, two steals and one assist.


Murphy also did a good job against Pella post Emily Holterhaus. Holterhaus ended up with 13 points on just 5 of 11 shooting and she also had 10 rebounds, four steals and two assists.


North Polk 48, Pella 41


P 12 9 12 8 - 41


NP 14 9 7 18 - 48


Pella (41) - Madison Parks 2-4 0-1 4, Elly Cairney 3-5 0-2 6, Caroline Bradley 0-2 2-2 2, Grace Held 2-5 0-2 5, Kara Wichhart 1-4 0-0 2, Erica Bossard 4-12 0-0 9, Emily Holterhaus 5-11 3-5 13, Metje Miller 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 17-44 5-12 41. 3-point field goals (2): Held, Bossard. Rebounds (26): Holterhaus 10. Assists (9): Held 3. Steals (10): Holterhaus 4. Blocks (2): Wichhart, Bosard. Fouls: 19.


North Polk (48) - Rebecca Ley 1-3 2-2 4, Katie Scott 3-7 2-4 11, Abi Zimmer 0-2 0-0 0, Danielle Bonewitz 0-0 0-0 0, Katie Brown 1-9 1-2 3, Jaedon Murphy 3-8 3-8 9, Hannah Foster 0-0 0-0 0, Carolyn Steffen 1-1 0-0 2, Maggie Phipps 5-13 7-11 18, Maddie Bruggeman 0-0 1-2 1. Totals: 14-43 16-29 48. 3-point field goals (4): Scott 3, Phipps. Rebounds (33): Ley 7. Assists (8): Phipps 3. Steals (6): Murphy 2. Blocks (4): Murphy 2, Phipps 2. Fouls: 16.