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Garner-Hayfield-Ventura won the best two out of three this year with Forest City.

The Indians won a last-second buzzer beater 42-40 on Dec. 1, then avenged fell to the Cardinals on Jan. 12, 54-51.

When the two met on Tuesday, Feb. 20, the story was much different. GHV stepped up its defense, routing Forest City in a 49-29 victory in the Class 2A district final.

The Cardinals held Forest City scoreless through the first quarter, taking a 9-0 lead. Junior Avery Busta led the fight for the Indians in the second quarter, sneaking in two layups to light up the scoreboard. Seniors Grady Holvenga and Sam Snyder would add a combined four, but GHV only extended its lead.

The Cardinals put forth a team effort in the second, senior Ryan Meyers racked up six points, senior Connor Burke and junior James Betz added two each, and senior Matthew Heinemann added five.

Forest City started to find the bucket in the third, adding 11 points, GHV stayed in a comfortable stride, adding 10 for a 34-19 score. The closest the Indians could get was in the fourth quarter, where back-to-back 3s by seniors Ryan Theel and Chris Jermeland closed the deficit back to nine, 36-25.

But the rest was history, senior Nick Joynt got to work down the paint with four points, adding another four from the line. Junior Jared Graham and Meyers stayed consistent from the line, making a combined eight.

Busta led the Indians with seven points.

Forest City concludes its season with a 20-3 record. 

Snyder finished the season as the Indians' score leader averaging 14.7 points per game for 338 points. Busta led the team with 108 assists and 65 steals. 

​Reach sports reporter Leah Vann at 641-421-0526.

Follow her on twitter at @GG_LeahVann


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