HOLSTEIN - The Aurelia girls' basketball squad played well in a low-scoring first half in Class 1A District Tournament semi-final basketball action here on Feb. 7, leading host Galva-Holstein by a 14-12 score at the half, before being outscored by a whopping 39-8 in the second half on the way to a decisive 51-22 loss.
Aurelia coach Tim Galvin said he felt his team "played a great first half, but things just did not click for us in the second half."
Brandi Wagoner led the Lady Pirate attack with 22 points - most from down low, but the post player hit on one three-point shot, also. Alissa Martin scored eight points and Heather Joslin seven for Coach Ken Slater's Galva-Holstein team. Freshman Audrey Winterhof led the Bulldogs with eight points and senior Leah Kai tossed in seven in her last game for the Bulldogs. Meghan Glawe had nine rebounds for Aurelia, while Winterhof and Tiffany Johnson grabbed five boards each. Kai had four rebounds, one block and one steal, and also dished out three assists to lead the Bulldogs.
Galvin said, "We knew going into the game that it would be a tough game against an athletic team."
Heather Joslin grabbed nine rebounds to lead the winners on the boards, while Wagoner snagged six, and Breanna Mathes five. Lindsey Joslin led G-H in steals with three.
"The first half, Aurelia did a great job of keeping us to one shot and done, so we could never get into a rhythm," said G-H coach Slater. "Our defense was doing its part. Our offense came to life in the second half as we got some shots to fall. The second half was very encouraging and we want to continue that production on Tuesday against a tough Clay Central-Everly team."
Galva-Holstein moves on to the District final game Tuesday at Everly, against a tough CC-E team. The Mavericks were 59-23 winners over Harris-Lake Park in their Thursday semi-final, and have lost just three times this season.