HOLSTEIN - My oh my, can those Galva-Holstein Pirate boys get after it when it needs gettin' after.
Friday night here the Pirates exploded early all over a good Schaller-Crestland team on the way to a decisive, impressive 70-45 blow-out win.
Elijah Miller, a talented Pirate senior bound for Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb. on a basketball scholarship, paved the Pirates' way with 21 points, despite sitting all the fourth and a chunck of the second quarters. Nick Andresen tallied 11 points, and Ben Andresen put in nine for a solid team effort.
Collin Johnson led the youthful Wildcats, with just two seniors on the entire varsity squad.
Ben Andresen also led G-H on the boards with seven rebounds, while older brother Nick pocketed five, and Miller four, along with four assists. Adrian Tracy led the winners in steals with five and Nick Andresen grabbed four.
The Pirates made 28-42 field goals for a sizzling 67 percent effort, many coming on fast-break buckets the Pirates work hard at producing. S-C hit 18-48 shots for 38 percent, and was 4-11 from the free throw line. G-H sank 9-11 free throws.
"We had a pretty good night," understated coach Lee, a Cherokee Washington graduate who was a Pirate assistant for former coach Adam Bisenius. "The guys are working hard and play unselfish basketball. Elijah is tough to stop, and Ben did a great job on the boards and on defense.
"Schaller-Crestland played hard. All of our guys off the bench contributed to the win. It was a total team effort. This is a fun bunch to coach, and I look forward to practice with them."