GHV cardinals dominate in win over Forest City
GHV won the best two out of three this year with Forest City.
The Cardinals lost to the Indians 42-40 on Dec. 1, then avenged their loss on Jan. 12 with a 54-51 victory.
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.
Meyers led the team with 14 points, Betz added 11, Joynt had eight and Graham posted seven.
Busta led the Indians with seven points.
With the win, the Cardinals travel to the substate final on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Charles City.
Clear Lake falls to Crestwood in overtime
Clear Lake left the gym wondering what almost was.
The Lions fell to Crestwood in a double-overtime thriller 87-83. Senior Zach Lester was the top scorer with 49 points. Lester concluded his season averaging 29.3 points per game.
With the loss, Clear Lake finishes its season with a 17-5 record.
Balance guides Garrigan past St. Edmond
ALGONA — Every St. Edmond run Tuesday night, Bishop Garrigan had an answer for.
The Golden Bears used a balanced offense, and a solid defense in the fourth quarter, to help it to a 73-66 win over the Gaels in a Class 1A district semifinal.
“I just told them ‘You guys grew up tonight,’” Garrigan coach Harry Condoleon said. “We’re a young team – no seniors – and they grew up tonight.”
It was the play of sophomore John Joyce and junior TJ Schnurr down the stretch which really did it for the Bears. The tandem combined for 38 points (19 apiece) and each hit a big shot or nailed free throws in the game’s final two minutes.
The closest St. Edmond would get was 67-65 with just under a minute to play.
After Schnurr’s and Joyce’s 19 each, Cade Winkel scored 18 and Angelo Winkel tossed in 12.
St. Edmond’s Andrew Gibb led all scorers with 32 points.
Garrigan advances to a district final Thursday vs West Fork at Clarion.