CORRECTIONVILLE - In a low scoring game, the River Valley girls came away with a 32-25 Western Valley Conference win over Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto here Friday night. Both teams played great defense and forced their opponent into a lot of turnovers and missed shots. It was very low- scoring first half, and ended with MVAO leading by a score of 13-9.
The Wolverines used tough defense in the second half to hold MVAO to only 12 points in the second half, while scoring 23 points themselves.
RV Coach Matt Jenness said, "In a game like this, we knew we just had to continue to play defense. MVAO handled our press pretty well, but we were able to get a few easy buckets in the 3rd and 4th quarters, and we were able to hold on for a victory."
Lexie Chester led the Wolverines in scoring with 12 points, while Lindsay Brown led the Rams with 10. Brittany Hunwardsen and Britney Shropshire added six points each for River Valley.
" I am very proud of our girls," said Coach Jenness, "because this is the type of game we maybe don't win last year. It is great to use our experience to start pulling out close games."
The Wolverines are now 3-0 on the season.
In the boys' contest, RV lost a 51-49 heartbreaker, as an MVAO player scored with .5 seconds left to win the game for the Rams.
After being tied at half-time, RV had battled back from a 10 point deficit to take the lead with four minutes to go in the game, but turnovers killed the Wolverines down the stretch, and MVAO was able to get the ball for a final possession and, ultimately, the win.
RV Coach Dean Norris said that Mark Petersen did an outstanding job on both ends of the court to keep River Valley in the game. Petersen led the way for River Valley with 15 points and six steals, and also guarded MVAOs top scorer, 6-5 Brady Wright. Point guard Brody Riedemann added 10 points and four assists for RV, while Zak Gander pulled down 11 rebounds.
Freshman Mason Alitz played 24 minutes, and did an excellent job, including tying the score with a jumper with 19 seconds left in the game.
Although Coach Norris said he was disappointed with a loss, he felt the improvement his team made in this game from their first game was significant, with the kids again "showing a lot of heart to battle back and give us a chance at victory," he added that "until we can stop turning the ball over 30 times and committing fouls, we are making it difficult on ourselves."
The RV boys and girls teams play at Kingsley-Pierson Friday, and at South O'Brien Saturday.