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Cardinals ride Sturtz’s 56 to victory

Sturtz re-sets Newton’s single-game scoring mark

Newton High senior point guard Garrett Sturtz (4) shoots over Winterset’s Jayden Carney (15) as three other Huskie players watch on this second-half play. Sturtz fired in a Newton single-game record 56 points in leading the Cardinals to a 78-74 win over visiting Winterset on Monday night.
Newton High senior point guard Garrett Sturtz (4) shoots over Winterset’s Jayden Carney (15) as three other Huskie players watch on this second-half play. Sturtz fired in a Newton single-game record 56 points in leading the Cardinals to a 78-74 win over visiting Winterset on Monday night.

On Newton High’s Legacy Night, senior point guard Garrett Sturtz continued to write his legacy for the Cardinal boys’ basketball program. Sturtz broke his own NHS single-game scoring record with a 56-point performance on Monday.

The Cardinals needed every one of those points to stave off a sizzling Winterset Huskies’ fourth-quarter rally. The Huskies outscored Newton 33-21, tying it at 67-all with 1:16 remaining, but Newton pulled out the 78-74 win.

Newton carried a 57-41 lead into the final eight minutes, but the Huskies, a Class 3A team with a 15-5 record, went on torrid shooting binge, 91 percent, to tie the game.

Sturtz began the game scoring all of Newton’s 14 first-quarter points. He finished the game with the final 13 for the Cardinals to thwart the Huskies’ comeback

“This game was actually a good game for us. Indianola has the guard play as Winterset does so it was good practice for us to get ready for the playoffs,” Sturtz said after the game. “It was a big game for us to have a good opponent to test us.”

Sturtz’s 56-point game ties him with Des Moines North’s Tyreke Locure for single-game scoring honors this season in the state. Locure scored 56 on Dec. 22 against a Missouri team.

Sturtz has two of the top five single-game scoring performances of the 2017-18 season with his previous NHS record 47 points on Jan. 26 against Grinnell. He also has two 44-point games this season.

“It was a long shot, maybe if I had a game where I was on fire one day,” Sturtz said of the idea of him scoring 50 or more points in a game.

Sturtz reached the 56-point mark hitting two 3-pointers, which came in the first quarter, going 16-of-29 from 2-point range and cashing in on 22-of-23 free throw attempts. Sturtz also led the Cardinals with nine rebounds, five assists and two steals.

With his 23-point game last Thursday, Sturtz landed atop the Newton single-season scoring list, passing Eric Foote’s 536-point season in 1992. Sturtz has scored 673 points this season pushing his NHS career-leading point total to 1,655 points.

The Cardinals were up 14-10 at the end of the first quarter and Sturtz made a steal for a layup to begin the second period. Sturtz had Newton leading Winterset 18-14 when he made a pass inside to senior Grant Garvis for a basket at the 5:38 mark.

Newton had sophomore Quintrail Coley and junior Aaron Bartels on the bench with two fouls each by that point in the first half. Junior McKenna Davis would score twice in the second quarter for the Cardinals to help push the lead to 30-23.

Winterset’s Casey Kleemeier, who finished with 25 points, scored his only first half points — a three-point play — at the 1:48 mark of the second quarter. Sturtz had 26 points in the first half in leading the Cardinals to a 32-27 halftime advantage.

Sturtz was a bit quiet coming out of the break. No worries. Coley had the first basket of the third quarter and senior Grayson Graham hit a free throw. Sophomore Kyle Long drained back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Cardinals a 44-32 lead midway through the period.

Sturtz had 11 points in the third quarter on three three-point plays and two free throws to close the stanza. Garvis nailed a trey with 47 seconds left to help Newton hold a 16-point lead going into the fourth quarter.

Then came the Huskies’ run led by Kleemeier and Easton Darling. Kleemeier netted all three of his 3-pointers and Darling downed two of his three treys in the fourth quarter. Darling’s 3-pointer with 2:45 left in the game made it 65-62 and he hit one of two free throws.

Sturtz took over for Newton the rest of the way. When a Kleemeier basket tied the game at 67-67 with 1:16 left , it was Sturtz who went right to the rim for a basket. Kleemeier’s next shot missed and a tie-up on the rebound gave possession of the ball to Newton.

Sturtz converted on another three-point play to break his own single-game record with 45.7 seconds left to reach 50 points. His final six points came at the free-throw line to counter baskets by the Huskies.

Garvis cleared seven of the team’s 23 rebounds and Coley had four rebounds. Garvis dished out three assists and Graham had two steals.

Newton won the game at the line — 25-of-27 to Winterset’s 18-of-25. Each team had 19 2-point field goals, and the Huskies hit six 3-pointers to Newton’s five 3-pointers. Newton shot 60 percent, 29-of-48, from the field for the game. Winterset finished at 38 percent, 25-of-65, from the field.

Darling added 17 points to Kleemeier’s 25 points for the Huskies. Nick Mortoza had 15 points. Winterset (15-6) had 29 rebounds.

Newton (13-7) concludes its regular season on Thursday as Adel-DeSoto-Minburn comes to Newton for Senior Night. The varsity game tips off at 7:30 p.m.

The Cardinals open Class 4A Substate 6 play on Feb. 19 at Indianola.

Winterset 10-17-14-33—74

Newton 14-18-25-21—78

Newton (FG/-3pt): Sturtz 14/2-22-2-56, Davis 2-0-1-4, Long 0/2-0-1-6, Graham 1-3-5-5, Garvis 1/1-0-2-5, Bartels 0-0-5-0, Coley 1-0-4-2. TOTALS: 19/5-25-20-78.

Winterset (FG/3-pt): Darling 2/3-4-4-17, Mortoza 7-1-4-15, Nicholl 0-0-1-0, Carney 1-0-4-2, Nolan 2-3-0-7, Kleemeier 4/3-8-4-25, Henry 1-2-1-4, Baur 2-0-3-4. TOTALS: 19/6-18-21-74.

Contact Jocelyn Sheets at
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or jsheets@newtondailynews.com

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