HOLSTEIN - The Galva-Holstein Pirates jumped out to a 10-4 first-quarter lead against Ar-We-Va in Western Valley Conference boys' basketball action here on Dec. 9, then used good team defense and a balanced scoring attack to maintain the lead and go on to a 62-53 victory over the Rockets.
The victory improved Galva-Holstein's season mark to 3-0.
In the boys game, Taylor Nees led the Pirates' scoring attack with 17 points and he also grabbed five rebounds, had two steals and two assists. Patrick McAreavy scored 13 for G-H, with three rebounds and two steals.
Reggie Kock scored 17 points and Jeremy Ehlers 16 to lead Ar-We-Va, which is a member of the South Division of the new Western Valley Conference, while Galva-Holstein is in the North Division.
In the girls' game, the Lady Pirates cut a 26-15 Ar-We-Va halftime lead to 32-29 after three quarters, and pulled within one point in the last minute of the game, but were unable to grab the lead and lost the game, 42-41.
Heather Joslin led the Lady Pirates' scoring with 12 points. Melissa Greeve scored 21 for Ar-We-Va - exactly half of the Rockets' final point total.