Balanced scoring leads Pirates to victory
HOLSTEIN - With just two seniors on the varsity squad, first-year coach Ken Slater knew the road could be long but eventually fruitful for the tradition-rich Galva-Holstein girls basketball team.
A glimpse of that future came here Friday night when the plucky Pirates grabbed a hard-earned 49-45 victory over an equally youthful Schaller-Crestland club.
Balanced scoring and senior leadership led the G-H girls to the win, with Lindsay Joslin leading the scoring with 11 points, followed by Heather Joslin with eight, Dani Boyle eight, Brandi Wagoner seven, and Sam Grayson seven. Boyle and Grayson are the lone seniors on the Pirate team.
Promising freshman Chelsea Clayton led the Wildcats with 16 points, while Becky Willer added 11, and Cassie Schmidt eight.
G-H sank 19-47 field goals for 40 percent, and converted just 11-23 free throws in the foul-plagued game. S-C made 17-59 field goals for a chilly 29 percent, including many inside put-backs that simply would not fall. The Wildcats finished 14-22 from the free throw line.
Grayson and Heather Joslin led G-H in rebounds with five each, while Lindsey Joslin and Brandi Wagoner grabbed four each.
"I'm happy with the play of our seniors," said Slater. "They showed leadership and poise when we needed it most. Our defense tonight was the best all year. We played a solid man-to-man defense for 32 minutes."