HOLSTEIN - Galva-Holstein and River Valley played a Maple Valley Conference basketball doubleheader here on Jan. 17, and each school came away with a victory.
In the girls opener, the Wolverines bested the Lady Pirates by a score of 51-39. The teams were tied at 10 after one quarter, but the Wolverines outscored the Lady Pirates 16-2 in the second quarter and increased their lead to 19 after three quarters before posting the final 51-39 win.
Emily Todd scored 20 and Charlee Brewer 11 for River Valley, while Lindsey Joslin led the Lady Pirates with 10 points, and Heather Joslin added eight.
Breanna Mathes led G-H on the boards with six rebounds, while Heather Joslin grabbed five. Lindsey Joslin recorded a whopping nine steals in the game.
"River Valley gets a lot of credit for this game," said G-H coach Ken Slater. "They simply wanted it more than us and proved they were the better team tonight. On the positive side, our bench came in during the second half and gave us a great spark."
In the boys game, the two teams played "a very exciting game," said Galva-Holstein coach Bob Lee. "Every time we went on a run, River Valley would fight their way back into the game." The Pirates led 20-17 after one quarter, and still had that three-point lead at the half, 33-30. They led by 12 after three, 56-44, and won by seven, 75-68.
"We did a real good job of creating our offense in the third quarter," said Lee. " Mark Cronin and Ben Andresen hit big free throws in the last minute to seal the win."
Andresen led Pirate scoring with 26 points, and also had eight rebounds, two steals, and four assists; Mark Cronin scored 14 for Coach Lee's team, and also had seven boards and three assists; and Sam Radke scored 12. Radke also blocked two shots on defense.
Anthony Volkert scored 18 points, and Zach Hullinger and Austin Hanson 16 apiece to lead the Wolverines' scoring attack. Volkert also pulled down 11 rebounds. Pat Parcel dished out three assists, and Ethan Todd had three steals.
RV coach Dean Norris said, "The game was very physical, and it took a toll on our squad as we had 26 fouls whistled on us. With six minutes remaining, we were down by 12 and ended up being at the line with 29 seconds left trailing by one, so our kids did a good job battling back in a tough environment."