Renee Maneman’s passing and solid all-around play keyed another state tournament victory for Newell-Fonda, Monday, in Des Moines. Maneman tied the tournament record with 13 assists and teammates Claudia Larson and Hailey Falline each scored 16 points as the top-ranked Mustangs rolled past Bedford 73-37 to reach the Class 1A semifinals. Maneman also had 13 points, seven steals and six rebounds as part of an impressive performance by the Mustangs, whose sharp passing created numerous open shots. Of their 32 field goals, 26 came on assists.
Newell-Fonda also came up with 15 steals and no starter played more than 21 minutes. Maneman left the game shortly after tying the assist record with a pass to Brianna Wells, who made a 3-pointer with 7:19 left. Wells finished with 10 points.
Maneman now shares the assists record with Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Tara Hupfeld, who did it against Solon in 1993, and Davenport Assumption’s Gabbi Binion, who had 13 against Unity Christian in 2008. Emily Weed led Bedford with 12 points and Fallyn Beemer scored nine.
Newell-Fonda will take a 23-2 record into a semifinal game against fourth-ranked Colo-NESCO at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Mustangs are in the tournament for the fourth time in the last five years and are seeking their first title after runner-up finishes in 1997, 2000, 2008 and last year. Bedford, which made it to state for the third in in four years, finishes 17-8.