Alyssa Martin of Galva-Holstein fires up a shot in recent girls basketballl action in Holstein. Photo by Reta Todd
AHS, MMC, RV, G-H, SOS teams fall in tourney
The post-season didn't last very long for the girls' basketball teams representing the Chronicle Times' coverage area. Between the opening round of Class 1A tournament games on Feb. 12 and the 2A openers on Feb. 14, all six teams in the area played and lost their opening games, so the season's over for those girls.
Many of the teams were pretty young, so there is hope that with added maturity and experience, the area teams will go a little further in the coming seasons.
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn's Jalyn Doeden grabs a rebound as Aurelia defenders, including Erin Laursen (22) surround her in recent basketball action in Aurelia. Photo by Sarah Gengler
In 1A action on Feb. 12 at Everly, the 15th-ranked Clay Central-Everly Mavericks beat Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn, 61-50.
At Kingsley, Kingsley-Pierson topped their Western Valley Conference foe, the Galva-Holstein Lady Pirates, 42-39.
River Valley also fell to a conference foe, Woodbury Central, 61-47, on WC's home court in Moville.
The G-H girls were led by Heather Joslin's 12 points, while Brooke Wiese and Alyssa Martin tallied nine each. Joslin grabbed nine rebounds, and Victoria Andresen had seven and tacked on four steals.
G-H sank 20-65 shots for 31 percent, and was 3-7 from the line, while K-P made 16-44 shots for 36 percent, and was 10-12 from the line.
"This game wasn't much different from our past games with K-P, except we were down this time and made a comeback to take a two-point lead with under two minutes to go," said G-H coach Ken Slater. "K-P made a couple free throws that put them ahead in the end and we missed a couple shots. We have a strong nucleus coming back and the future looks good for our girls."
Galva-Holstein's Heather Joslin races to the ball as River Valley's Kari Ludvigson also battles for ball possession in recent girls basketball action in Holstein. Photo by Reta Todd
The other 1A team in our coverage area, Aurelia, had a first-round bye, and took on Alta, which knocked off Schaller-Crestland on Thursday, on the Cyclones' home court in Alta on Feb. 14. The Bulldogs, too, fell to their (Northwest) conference rival, by a 79-55 score. Meghan Glawe led the Bulldogs in scoring with 23 points, and Audrey Winterhof and Amber Loucks added nine points each. Glawe and Winterhof each had six rebounds, and Erin Laursen dished out five assists. The Cyclones of coach Jeannie Henningsen displayed a potent 1-2 scoring punch, with Jordan Henningsen connecting for 34 points on 14-22 shooting, including 3-5 from three-point land, and Emily Grieme chipping in with 17 points, on 8-9 shooting. Grieme also contributed 12 rebounds. The Cyclones hit 53.9% from the field as a team. Aurelia coach Tim Galvin said, "Of course, Saturday's loss as disappointing. The girls played one of their best games of the season. Even though we got down big i the second quarter, we never gave up. This loss put an end to a frustrating season for the girls. We didn't get as many wins as we expected (the team had just one win), but the team always played hard. We improved throughout the season, and a couple of girls really 'came out of their shell.' "
In Class 2A tournament action, the South O'Brien girls took on the always-tough Unity Christian girls at Unity on Feb. 14th and the Knights pulled away in the second half and topped the Wolverines, 58-39.
Kendra De Jong led Unity with 17 points, while three of her teammates scored eight or nine points apiece. Chelsie Rohrs led the Wolverines with 16 points and Megan McCauley added 12. Rohrs also played solid defense, with six steals and five defensive boards.
Freshman Reagan McDaniel shoots a lay-up as Aurelia freshman Audrey Jessen defends in recent girls basketball action in Aurelia. Photo by Sarah Gengler
At Lawton-Bronson, Cherokee lost a 2A battle 63-33 Saturday night. The young Cherokee gals finished with an 0-22 mark (see story elsewhere on the sports page).
No game statistics were submitted for River Valley and MMC girls.