SIOUX CITY - The Galva-Holstein Pirates grabbed a 13-11 first quarter lead over Boyden-Hull in their Class 1A Substate game Feb. 26 at the Tyson Events Center here, but that turned out to be the highlight of the evening for coach Bob Lee's Pirate squad, which dropped a 65-45 decision.
"Boyden-Hull stretched our defense out and made it hard for us to give help," said Lee. "By the time we had made adjustments to take care of this, we had a couple of guys in foul trouble."
The Comets now join fellow Siouxland Conference member George-Little Rock and move on to the State Tournament at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on March 3.
Ben Andresen scored 15 points to lead the Pirates in scoring, and the senior also grabbed six rebounds and had three assists and three steals. Freshman Isaiah Miller came off the bench to score 10, and Taylor Nees, one of the Piates who struggled with foul trouble throughout the game, scoed nine and also had nine boards.
Derrick Moss led the Comets with 22 points and Josh Vander Mator had 19.
G-H sank 18-56 field goals for a cool 32 percent, including a costly 3-15 three-pointers. The Pirates made 6-12 free throws, while Boyden-Hull netted 17-28 for a decided advantage.
Coach Lee said "I was proud of how our guys kept playing hard until the end. Our seniors did a great job of leading us this season. The fact that we made it to the subsate game is because of their play and leadership. We'll definitely miss Ben Andresen, Sam Radke, John Forristal and Jamison Voss next year."
Galva-Holstein bows out with a 13 -11 record.