On Friday, the Wolverines traveled to Ida Grove to face the number one ranked Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove Falcons, the defending Class 2A state champion.
OA-BCIG used great pressure defense and great shooting to run away from River Valley, finishing with an 88-34 win. Morgan Vandersloot led the Falcons with 20, while Jessie Pauley added 18. Jacie Jepsen led the Wolverines with 7.
Said RV coach Matt Jenness, "'We knew these guys were really good, but we just didn't come to play tonight. We didn't compete. If we are going to beat good teams later in the season, we are going to have to compete better than this."
Monday night brought another road game against another tough opponent, as the Wolverines traveled to Marcus to face Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn in a non-conference tilt, and Erika Dreckman and Kayla Foresman combined for 49 points to lead MMC to a 65-43 win over Coach Jenness' squad.
Dreckman scored 35 points, including two 3-pointers, and was a perfect 11-11 at the free throw line and Foresman added 14 points. Brittany Hunwardsen and Jacie Jepsen each scored 11 points to lead the Wolverines.
The Wolverines returned to their winning ways on Tuesday, when they hosted Remsen-Union in another non-conference game.
River Valley outscored R-U 22-6 in the second quarter to takea 39-10 halftime lead, and cruised to a 56-29 win. Kari Ludvigson led the scoring for River Valley with 13 points, while Brittany Hunwardsen and Brittany Shropshire each scored 12 points.
"Our intensity and defense were much better tonight," said Coach Jenness." We used that to create our offense. We need to keep that intensity and we need to keep improving on the offensive end so we can get on a roll going into the last part of the season."
River Valley (11-3) returns to Western Valley Conference play Friday when they travel to Sloan to play Westwood.