CORRECTIONVILLLE - Aurelia basketball coach Grant Peckenscheider said his Bulldog team "came out very flat" in their non-conference tilt against River Valley here on Jan. 15, turning the ball over "at least seven times in the first five minutes."
Though Aurelia outscored the Wolverines in the second half, 43-36, Peckenschneider felt the outcome of the game was determined during the opening four minutes of the contest. RV was ahead 13-2 with two minutes left in the first quarter, and, he says, "we had to crawl back from there."
Despite that bad start, Peckenschneider said his team played very good ball the rest of the way, and he was very happy with how the guys made adjustments and listened."
RV was up at half time, 34-18, and though the 'Dogs cut the deficit to less than 10 a couple of times in the second half, the Wolverines hit some clutch free throws and a couple of huge 3-point shots in the 4th period to keep things just out of reach for Aurelia.
The final score was River Valley 71, Aurelia 60.
Coach Peckenschneider was not happy with his team's defensive effort on Thursday.
"We had been playing pretty good man-to-man lately, and this was not a very strong game in that area," he said.
"You hate to lose, but I saw a lot of positives in the loss," said Peckenschneider. "The boys did some great things, and had it not been for such a horrible start, who knows?"
Zach Hullinger poured in 27 points to lead the Wolverine scoring attack, and Sam Lundt (13), Austin Hansen (12) and Anthony Volkert (10) also scored in double figures. Volkert led in rebounding with nine while Hansen and Lundt dished out five assists apiece.
Aaron Bruce led the Bulldog scoring with 20 points, and Jordan Glawe continued his recent scoring surge, totalling 16 points. Nick Hirschman had 11 and Cam Meyer eight for the 'Dogs. Meyer also garnered 10 rebounds, while Glawe had nine, Hirschman eight, and Bruce six. Bruce also had three steals, while Meyer had two steals and added four assists.
River Valley now sports a 4-3 season record, while Aurelia is 1-7.
In the opener, the River Valley girls ran roughshod over the Bulldog girls, taking a 16-0 lead before Aurela got on the board in the second minute of the second quarter. Aurelia also failed to score in the third quarter, and the final score read River Valley 65, Aurelia 16.
River Valley's Charlee Brewer outscored the Bulldog team, notching 17 points to lead the Wolverines, while Amber Bauer was right behind her with 16 points and Emily Todd added 14.
Meghan Glawe led Aurelia with seven points, as only four Bulldogs scored. Glawe and Erin Laursen led the team's rebounding effort, with seven boards apiece.
River Valley improved their record to 4-5, while the winless Bulldogs lost for the ninth time.