Pirates play Boyden-Hull in Class 1A Substate
MAPLETON - Playing what their coach Bob Lee called "Our best half of basketball this season," the Galva-Holstein Pirates took a 34-17 lead into the locker room at halftime of their District final match with Woodbury Central here on Thursday Feb. 21st.
Lee said his team was "executing well on both ends and playing with a lot of hustle" in the opening half. In the second half, they cooled off a bit on offense, but maintained their excellent defensive play and secured a 60-42 win.
The Pirates (13-10) now advance to the Class 1A Substate game Feb. 25 at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City against Boyden-Hull (13-11), a 76-54 winner over Le Mars Gehlen Catholic on the 21st.
Woodbury Central, the Pirates Maple Valley Conference opponent coached by Northwest Iowa veteran coach Terry Horsley, ends its season with a 10-10 record.
Coach Lee said that "Sam Radke and Cole Egger did an outstanding job defensively on Jeremy Rogers," holding the Woodbury Central scoring leader to 15 points.
Offensively, the Pirates again did a nice job of spreading things around. Post man Taylor Nees had 19 points to lead Galva-Holstein, but Mark Cronin (12 points) and freshman Isaiah Miller (10) also scored in double figures for the Pirates. Ben Andresen tossed in eight points and also grabbed seven rebounds, dished out five assists and had two steals. Jordan Else score seven for the Pirates.
Nees led the team's rebounding with nine, Miller grabbed six, and Cronin four. Cronin and Miller also each had two steals on defense.
The Pirates sank 21-53 field goals for 40 percent and cashed in half of their free throws, going 16-32 from the line. The Wildcats made 10-17 free throws.
The Galva-Holstein / Boyden-Hull winner on 2/25 will go to the State Tournament at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on March 3.