CORRECTIONVILLE - The River Valley girls led 26-20 in their Maple Valley Conference game against West Monona here on Jan. 18, and still held a three-point lead, 39-36, heading into the fourth quarter.
The Spartans, led by 26 second-half points by Jessica Hansen, continued their comeback in the final quarter and wound up with a 57-51 victory over Coach Terry Jensen's Wolverines.
Jensen felt his team was showing "the effects of playing six games in 11 days" when they were unsuccessful in holding off the West Monona fourth quarter rally. He did say that the River Valley team "played hard" throughout the game.
RV was led in scoring by Emily Todd with 21 points, while Alissa Slota led the team in rebounding with seven boards, and Kaylea Simons had four steals on defense. West Monona's Hansen had a game total of 36 points to lead her team.
River Valley regrouped to beat Whiting 44-36 in the first round of the Maple Valley Conference tournament,o Jan. 22, led by Todd's 16 points and Slota's 10. Paige O'Neal led the Warriors with 11 points.
"The girls showed good patience against Whiting's zone defense," noted Jensen. "The girls played hard, rebounded well, but lacked a little concentration from the free throw line where they only connected on 13-29 free throws."