AURELIA - The Aurelia Bulldogs and River Valley Wolverines met here in a non-conference basketball doubleheader Thursday night, and the Wolverines came out on top in both games.
In the opener, the teams played pretty close all the way, with Aurelia usually holding the lead. Free throw shooting is usually a strong point for the Bulldogs, but some missed shots from the charity stripe near the end of the game and a miscommunication on defense allowed River Valley's Brittany Shropshire to launch a shot that dropped in with :01 left on the clock, giving the Wolverines a 45-44 win.
Despite the disappointing ending, Bulldog coach Aaron Ware felt his team played a good game, considering that it was their third game of the week. Erin Laursen and Meghan Glawe both had "double-doubles" for Aurelia, with Laursen scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds and Glawe scoring 11 and taking down 15 caroms. Audrey Winterhof added eight points for Aurelia.
Game hero Shropshire scored 16 points to pace the Wolverines, but teammates Lexie Chester (11) and Kari Ludvigson (10) also scored in double figures for Coach Matt Jenness' RV squad.
In the boys' game, the first half made it appear that the night's second game would be as close as the opener. Aurelia was up 20-19 with one minute to go in the half, but RV went on a four=point run to take a 23-20 lead at the half, then continued their run in the second half. THe Bulldogs scored just 14 points in the second half, and River Valley ended up winning, 62-34.
For the Wolverines, Austin Hansen had another big game, with 25 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and five assists, while point man Sam Lundt added 15 points and five assists, and Andrew Volkert, like Hansen and Aurelia's Glawe, had a double/double, with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Brody Riedemann provided a big spark off the bench for RV with eight points.
River Valley's record now stands at 7-4 on the season and Aurelia is 1-10.
RV also played away games on Friday and Tuesday, at Westwood and Woodbury Central, respectively, and return home to face Lawton-Bronson at Correctionville on Friday the 22nd.