Season ends after District comeback falls short
SLOAN - The Galva-Holstein Pirates got off to a very slow start, due to what coach Bob Lee termed their "sloppy play," and found themselves down 10-2 after one quarter, and 32-6 at the half , in their Class 1A District Tournament game with Whiting here on Feb. 22.
Coach Lee said he was "real proud of how our guys fought back in the second half to make it a game. Whiting came ready to play and put the pressure on us right away."
The Pirates had cut the deficit to 15 by the end of the third quarter, trailing 42-27, but in the end, they had dug themselves too big of a hole, and the Whiting Warriors won the battle of Maple Valley Conference teams, 52-45.
John Dentlinger had a double-double for the Pirates, leading the team in both scoring, with 16 points, and rebounding, with 12. The big guy also blocked two shots. Adrian Tracy scored 10, including two 3-pointers, Nick Andresen scored eight, and Ben Andresen seven for Galva-Holstein.
In a rarity, the Pirates did not score any of their points from the free throw line, missing the only two attempts they had.
Whiting, which was led in scoring by Drew Hanson, with 26 points, and Michael O'Neal, with 15, took on Woodbury Central Monday night in the District semi -final, with the winner to play the winner of the Charter Oak-Ute/ West Monona game at Maple Valley on Thursday night for the District 2 championship.
Whiting beat the Wildcats 57-51, and Charter Oak-Ute handled West Monona 62-52 to set up that District final.