HOLSTEIN - Galva-Holstein boys' basketball coach Bob Lee said the first half of the Pirates' game with Battle Creek-Ida Grove here on Friday "was a great battle, with both teams going back and forth." Galva-Holstein held a 19-16 advantage after the first quarter, and BC-IG was on toop 33-30 at the half.
"Unfortunately," said Lee, "we started out the second half a little flat, and BC-IG used this to their advantage to extend their lead. We played very hard, but weren't able to get ourselves close again." The Falcons had a 54-36 lead after three, and finished with a 74-51 Maple Valley Conference victory.
Individually, Taylor Nees led Pirate scoring with 17 points, and also rebounding, with 11. Nees also had two assists. Mark Cronin scored 11 and had eight rebounds and two assists. Galva-Holstein hit 39% from the field and 52% from the line.
The Falcons had three players score in double figures - Cole Boger, 19 points; Taylor Miller, 17; and Austin Boger, 12.
In the girls' opener, Pirate coach Ken Slater was very pleased with his team's effort the entire game, though they didn't come out on top.
"BCIG played a steady game, and really got hot in the second quarter," said Slater. "In the second half, we kept pace with them, but could not cut into the lead at all. BC-IG is a solid team with some outstanding scorers. This was a good test and I liked how our team responded."
Individually, Brandi Wagoner was the only Lady Pirate who scored in double figures,with 14 points, while Heather Joslin and Brooke Wiese each scored nine . Lindsey Joslin led Lady Pirate rebounders with nine, with Brandi Wagoner adding six caroms.
Slater said that the team's rebounding, offensive movement, and, most importantly, their defensive intensity, really improved from their game with Lawton-Bronson three days earlier.
The G-H teams travel to Correctionville to take on River Valley on Friday.