CORRECTIONVILLE - River Valley and Galva-Holstein met here for a pair of Maple Valley Conference basketball games on Dec. 14, and both schools came away with a victory. In the opener, the Wolverines trailed the Lady Pirates 36-27 at the half, but stormed back - outscoring G-H 16-5 in the third quarter - and, led by Emily Todd's 27 points, took a 66-58 victory. Three other Wolverines scored in double figures - Charlee Brewer had 12 points, Kaylea Simons 11, and Alissa Slota 10. Heather Joslin had 19 points to lead Galva-Holstein scoring, and her sister Lindsey Joslin added 15.
Galva-Holstein coach Ken Slater said, "This was a game of two entirely different halves. The first half, we gained control through our press and were executing well offensively. In the second half, we regressed, River Valley did a great job of attacking us, and they seized the momentum. They held us to five points in the third quarter. We have to learn how to sustain an effort for the entire period and stop hurting ourselves through turnovers, and putting other teams on the line. All in all, we need to continue to improve, as we are close to turning the corner and turning these games into wins."
In the boys' contest, River Valley "came out very aggressive on defense in the first half, and caused us many problem, " said Pirate coach Bob Lee. The Pirates made some adjustments at halftime, and lee said his squad "played with more focus and intensity in the second half."
Lee said it was a great team effort in the second half, "with Taylor Nees and Mark Cronin working very hard on the boards and Jordan Else finding the open man. I was proud of how our guys maintained their composure and fought back to win this game about a tough River Valley squad."
Nees scored 25 points to lead the Pirates' attack, and he and Cronin snared 12 rebounds apiece to lead the team on the boards. Cronin also pilfered five Wolverine passes. Else dished out 10 assists, and freshman Isaiah Miller scored ten points, and added four rebounds and two steals. As a team, Galva-Holstein
shot 7 of 14 three-point attempts, including Miller's 3 of 5. The Pirates evened their conference mark at 2-2. River Valley's scoring was led by Anthony Volkert, who had 15 points, and Tyler Clark, who scored 12.