River Valley out after OT loss; SOS loses to Unity Christian
The Galva-Holstein boys defeated Charter Oak-Ute in Class 1A District semifinal action at Woodbine on Feb. 19. Coach Bob Lee's Pirates defeated the Bobcats of the Boyer Valley Conference 43-36, in a low-scoring affair.
Ben Andresen scored 14 points to lead Pirate scorers,as Galva-Holstein improved their season mark to 12-10. The Pirates will meet MVC rival Woodbury Central in the District final at Mapleton tonight.
Coach Dean Norris' River Valley Wolverines came close, but dropped a 68-66 overtime decision to Maple Valley Conference rival Woodbury Central at Moville, as the Wildcats' Jeremy Rogers sank a pair of clutch free throws with 11 seconds remaining in the extra period.
River Valley was led by sophomore Austin Hansen, who scored 23 points. Tyler Clark netted 14 and Anthony Volkert 10 for the Wolverines, who end their season with a 9-12 record.
South O'Brien had won eight of its last nine games - including an 86-80 win over Orange City Unity Christian on Jan. 25 in Paullina - and led for much of the first half Tuesday, before the War Eagle Conference rival Knights out-scored the Wolverines by 12 in the second half to close out a 67-53 win.
Senior guard Andy Puhrmann accounted for much of South O'Brien's offense, as he scored 31 points in his last game for the Wolverines. Sophomore Jared Syndergaard scored nine points for South O'Brien.
Austin Katje, a 6-4 sophomore, hit his first four three-point shots on the way to scoring 21 points to lead Unity scoring, but received able backing from 6-4 junior Ryan Hoekstra, who scored 19 and grabbed eight rebounds, and his older brother, 6-2 senior Dustin Katjes, who tallied 15 points.
Coach Kiley Yates' South O'Brien team closes out their season with a fine 16-8 record.
Unity Christian moves on to play defending state champion Hull Western Christian in a substate final on Feb. 25 at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, with the winner advancing to the Class 2A state tournament.