ODEBOLT - The Galva-Holstein Pirates took on the Odebolt-Arthur Trojans in Maple Valley Conference boys basketball action here on Nov. 30, and got off to a good start, leading 16-7 after one quarter and increasing that lead to 35-21 at the half.
The Trojans outscored the Pirates 23- 12 in the third, though, to narrow G-H's lead to three heading into the fourth. Galva-Holstein held on, though, tallying eight to O-A's five, in a low-scoring final quarter, and coming out with a 55-49 win.
In the girls opener, O-A prevailed 64-57.
G-H boys coach Bob Lee said, "Our defense was much improved from earlier in the week. We did a nice job of passing the ball and finding the open man. Odebolt-Arthur played a real good second half and never gave up."
Ben Andresen led the Pirates in scoring with 16 points, including 4-6 from three-point range. Andresen also added four steals and a blocked shot on the defensive end of the floor. Sam Radke scored 10 and played a good all-around game, and Taylor Nees scored eight points, had seven rebounds and four assists. Kellen Jacobsen had five rebounds and blocked two shots, and Jordan Else dished out six assists.
Michael Larson, with 17 points, and Marcus Hanson, with 15, led the Trojan scoring.
For G-H in the girls game, Heather Joslin led the scoring with 16 points, while Breanna Mathes and Brandi Wagoner each tallied 10, and Brooke Wiese eight.
The Pirates sank 20-45 field goals for 44 percent, and cashed in 21-31 free throws. O-A made 23-54 shots for 43 percent, and netted 18-32 free throws in the foul=plagued game featuring 47 fouls and 63 free throws attenpted.
Heather Joslin also led in rebounds with 11, and Mathes grabbed seven.
"Their offensive rebounding was the difference in the game," said G-H girls coach Ken Slater. "They came down with 20 offensive rebounds and out-rebounded us 35-26 for the game. We need to improve our rebounding and take care of the ball. We had 35 turnovers. We can't do that and expect to win."