HOLSTEIN - The improving Galva-Holstein basketball teams split a Maple Valley Conference encounter with Odebolt-Arthur here Tuesday night, the G-H girls winning the opener 67-63, and the Pirate boys falling 50-39 to the visiting Trojans in the nightcap.
After jumping to a 19-8 lead in the first quarter in the girls game, the Lady Pirates saw the Trojans battle back with a 19-17 scoring advantage in the second frame to make the score 36-27 at halftime. O-A then outscored G-H 36-31 in the second half to keep the game interesting to the end.
The Lady Pirates sank 26-63 field goals for 41 percent, and made 19-36 free throws in the foul-prone contest.
Heather Joslin led the winners in rebounds with 14, and Mathes grabbed six to go along with a team-high five steals.
"This was another great win for us," said G-H coach Ken Slater. "We were able to come back from a terrific effort against West Monona the night before and play our best game of the year.
"Breanna Mathes hit two clutch free throws for us at the end of the game, and Heather Joslin did a great job on the boards. I was proud of the girls how they battled back and regained control of the game after Odebolt-Arthur tied the game in the fourth quarter. We did what we have to do down the stretch to get the win."
After trailing 24-22 at halftime, the G-H boys were outscored 16-11 in the third frame to take a 40-33 deficit into the final period, with O-A holding on with a 10-6 scoring advantage to seal the deal.
Taylor Nees led the cold-shooting Pirates with eight points and six rebounds, and Jordan Else also scored eight and registered three steals and two assists. Sam Radke tallied seven points.
G-H sank just 13-43 field goals for 30 percent, and netted 9-15 free throws. O-A made 11-19 free throws.
"Odebolt-Arthur was very aggressive on the boards and defensively," said G-H coach Bob Lee. "They took us out of our game early in the second half and we struggled to get back into the game."
The G-H squads play at Kingsley-Pierson tonight and host Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto Tuesday night in further Maple Valley Conference action.