North Fayette Valley girls beat Starmont
A determined Regan Wolverton fends off a Postville defender as she drives to the bucket. Wolverton led the TigerHawks in scoring (12 points), assists (3), and steals (3) Tuesday, Jan. 21 in Postville. (Jerry Wadian photo)
NFV girls beat Starmont
By Jerry Wadian
North Fayette Valley girls beat Starmont on Friday, Jan. 24, on the Stars’ home court. The TigerHawks lost the other two games last week, despite some classic fourth-quarter rallies.
Tuesday, Jan. 21, NFV lost at Postville, 60-52, and Saturday in Calmar it dropped a 56-45 decision.
Before the game in Postville, TigerHawk head coach Sean Leonard said “Postville was tall and athletic, but hasn’tbeen able to put it all together yet; however, they are due to do that soon.”
The Pirates proved Leonard a prophet as they did everything right most of the game.
The NFV gals fell behind early, trailing by 12 at the end of the first quarter and by 19 at the half. The Pirates increased their lead to 23 points entering the final eight minutes of play when the TigerHawks caught fire.
NFV used a frantic pressure defense and hit some treys to outscore its hosts, 20-5 ,over the final minutes.
Regan Wolverton led NFV with a dozen points. Kim Rounds had a pair of 3-pointers in collecting eight points. Kaitlin Dinan came off the bench to lead the team in rebounds with four.
NFV 7 13 12 20 52
Post. 19 20 16 5 60
NFV (52)- Wolverton, 12; Rounds, 8; Daughton, 7; Moser, 6; Lehmann, 6; Reierson, 5; Mackey, 3. 3-pointers- Rounds, 2; Daughton, Wolverton, Reierson. Rebounds- Dinan, 4; Mackey, 3; Daughton, 3; Rounds, 3; Lehmann, 3; Wolverton, 2; Moser, 2; Kurdelmeyer, Kaeppel. Assists- Wolverton, 3; Rounds, 2; Reierson, 2; Dinan, 2. Steals- Wolverton, 3; Daughton, Rounds, Reierson. Blocks- Moser.
The next night, NFV was a tale of two different halves. The TigerHwaks won the first 16 minutes, 30-19, but the Stars came back to take the second half, 29-20.
“It was the first time this season that we got off to a fast start,” noted Leonard.
The TigerHawks lost their lead twice in the fourth quarter but fought back for the big W. NFV went 14-20 from the charity stripe, including some big free throws down the stretch.
Once again, Wolverton led the scoring with 13 points. Becca Miller added 11 points, and Shelby Lehmann put in seven points.
Hanna Moser had her best game of the season with six points, four rebounds, and led the team in steals (6) and blocks (4).
NFV 10 20 10 10 50
Star. 4 15 14 15 48
NFV (50)- Wolverton, 13; Miller, 11; Lehmann, 7; Rounds, 6; Moser, 6; Daughton, 3; Kaeppel, 3; Reierson. 3-pointers- Wolverton, Kaeppel. Rebounds- Miller, 7; Wolverton, 4; Moser, 4; Kaeppel, 4; Lehmann, 4; Daughton, Rounds, Mackey. Assists- Daughton, 2; Miller, 2; Wolverton, Rounds, Reierson. Steals- Moser,6 Rounds, 5; Wolverton, Daughton. Blocks- Moser, 2.
Saturday, NFV and South Winn finally got their contest in Calmar; it had been postponed twice.
The TigerHawks fell behind early and could never catch up.
“We did some silly things that we haven’t done for a long time; it was November all over,” commented Leonard.
NFV trailed, 50-32, with 4:46 left in the game before mounting a furious rally to trail by only nine, 50-41, with 1:25 to play. However, SW hung on, outscoring the TigerHawks 6-4 down the stretch.
Once again, NFV shot well from the free throw line, going 16-22; however, they were only 13-53 from the floor.
Lehmann led NFV with 12 points and eight boards. For the third straight time this week, Wolverton was in double figures with 10 points.
NFV 8 13 9 15 45
SW 15 17 10 14 56
NFV (45)- Lehmann, 12; Wolverton, 10; Miller, 9; Rounds, 7; Daughton, 4; Mackey, 2; Moser, 3-pointers- Wolverton, Rounds, Miller. Rebounds- Lehmann, 8; Moser, 5; Daughton, 3; Miller, 2; Wolverton, 2; Rounds, Reierson, Kaeppel. Assists- Miller, 2; Rounds, 2; Daughton. Mackey. Steals- Miller, 2; Daughton, Lehmann. Blocks- Moser, Miller.