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Fontanelle Observer

Nodaway Valley fights off late Southwest Valley push

CORNING – With 12 seconds left to play, Southwest Valley had a chance at a bucket to tie or win the game Friday against Nodaway Valley.

The Timberwolves trailed by just two points, but failed to get a shot within striking distance of the hoop, falling 80-78 at the hands of the Wolverines.

Nodaway Valley ran the floor with Southwest Valley for stretches of the game, coming back from a seven-point deficit in the third quarter.

Despite having a shot at the hoop in the closing seconds, what will haunt the Timberwolves the most was their free throw shooting. Southwest Valley finished the contest 18 of 34 from the free throw line.

Twenty-three of those free throws came in the first half as Nodaway Valley found itself quickly in foul trouble.

A one-point game in the closing minutes, 74-73 Wolverines, closed with clutch free throw shooting on the part of Tyler Vandewater. Vandewater hit 9 of his 11 free throws, including 5 of 6 in the closing minutes of the fourth. He finished with a team-high 16 points.

The Wolverines’ two leading scorers Spencer Thompson and Brady Hilpipre both picked up their third fouls before the halftime break, but neither ended up fouling out.

Even with foul trouble, the Wolverines found plenty of offensive help from other personnel.

Cole Shike had 10 points in the first half before finishing with 15. Josh Baudler hit two big 3-pointers, ending the contest with 10 points.

Shike led the Wolverines’ effort from behind the arc with four 3-pointers.

“We needed something like this. We knew we had a pretty good ball team. You never know about the first game back,” said Wolverine head coach Darrell Burmeister.

Hilpipre took over in the fourth quarter, scoring 10 of his 12 points in the final period, contending for baskets even with four fouls.

Five Wolverine players ended the contest with double-digit scoring efforts, a first on the season according to Burmeister.

NV – 22 36 60 80

SWV – 18 41 54 78

NV (FG FT PTS) – Tyler Vandewater 3 9-11 16, Cole Shike 5 1-2 15, Brady Hilpipre 6 0-0 12, Corbin Bond 5 1-3 11, Josh Baudler 4 0-2 10, Spencer Thompson 2 5-6 9, Clay Hohertz 1 2-2 4, Toby Bower 1 0-0 3. 3-point goals – 8 (Shike 4, Baudler 2, Vandewater 1, Bower 1). Team fouls – 25. Fouled out – None.

SWV (FG FT PTS) – Totals – 29 18-34 78. Grant Mauer 9 3-5 21, Trenton Drake 7 7-11 21, Chance Cobb 7 2-5 17, Chace Tepoel 3 6-9 12, Jace Petersen 2 0-4 4, Jadon Bohn 1 0-0 3. 3-points goals – 2 (Cobb 1, J. Bohn 1). Rebounds – 35 (Tepoel 16, Mauer 8, Drake 6, Petersen 2, Cobb 1, Ja. Bohn 1, Jesse Bohn 1). Assists – 17 (Mauer 5, Petersen 4, Cobb 3, Drake 2, Tepoel 1, Ja. Bohn 1, Je. Bohn 1). Steals – 6 (Petersen 3, Drake 1, Cobb 1, Mauer 1). Blocks – 5 (Drake 3, Petersen 2). Team fouls – 18. Fouled out – None.

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