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River Valley girls clip Wildcats, 56-41

Monday, February 7, 2011

River Valley's Bailey Fitch dribbles the ball past a defender during recent girls basketball action in the Western Valley Conference Tournament. Photo by Jolene Smith
The River Valley girls defeated Woodbury Central in Western Valley Conference tournament play on Thursday.

The Wolverines got out to an early lead of 14-3 after the first quarter and led 26-15 at halftime. They used a huge third quarter to break the game open, outscoring the Wildcats 17-3 to take a 43-18 lead into the fourth quarter and the score ended up 56-41.

River Valley used pressure defense to get 18 steals, led by Kari Ludvigson with seven and Mackenzie Fitch with five. Britney Shropshire led the scoring attack with 19 points, while Fitch and Lexie Chester both added 11, and Ludvigson added nine.

River Valley's Brittany Hunwardsen shows excellent shooting form on this free throw attempt in recent girls Western Valley Conference basketball action. Photo by Jolene Smith
The win gets the Wolverines to 10-8 on the year. They host Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn on Monday and head to Remsen-Union on Tuesday, before opening up District action against Whiting on Thursday.

"We have been playing great defense the last couple of games and we have been turning that into good offense," said River Valley coach Matt Jenness. " We are getting steals and getting out and running to get ourselves some good shots. We are hitting our stride at the right time of year, which is always our goal. I am very proud of our girls. They have worked hard and it is really paying off for them."

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