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RV takes two games at Aurelia

Monday, January 18, 2010

River Valley's Brittny Shropshire (23), right, watches intently as her game-winning shot nears the basket at the buzzer to give the Wolverines an exciting 45-44 win over Aurelia Thursday night. Photo by Dan Whitney
Lady Wolverines win on last-second shot

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.

River Valley's Samuel Lundt dribbles the ball up court followed by teammate Austin Hansen, while Aurelia defender Colton Ballantyne waits to guard the Wolverines guard during basketball action in Aurelia Thursday night. Photo by Dan Whitney
Bulldog coach Grant Peckenschneider said he was very happy with his team's first half performance, but felt "we just ran out of gas in the second half." Peck said he thinks that the team's lack of depth really played a role in their second half performance, as it was the team's third game in four days. He did stress, though, that he felt "the boys gave great effort, and we did some real nice things the first half of the game. We played very good defense in the first half." Freshman post Austin Glawe had another double-double game for the 'Dogs, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Glawe also had three steals and three blocks. Nick Hirschman scored nine points for the Bulldogs and added six rebounds and three steals; Jacob Howey scored six and had two assists and two steals; and Colton Ballantyne scored five, had two steals and two assists.

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.

Aurelia's Steve Berg (34), Colton Ballantyne, and Austin Glawe (32) watch the ball at the rim as do River Valley players Zac Gander (55) and Mark Petersen during basketball action in Aurelia Thursday night. Photo by Dan Whitney
The Bulldog teams were scheduled to play at Sioux Central on Friday (Jan. 15) and Laurens-Marathon on Tuesday, before returning home to face their arch-rivals (and future teammates) from Alta on Friday, Jan. 22. The game is also scheduled to feature the second performance by the combined Alta and Aurelia Pep Bands.

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.

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