Area girls basketball
Nodaway Valley 75, Lenox 50
LENOX — Nodaway Valley pulled ahead early and never looked back in a 75-50 win over Lenox here on Tuesday.
The Wolverines improved to 10-4 overall and 8-2 in the Pride of Iowa Conference, while Lenox falls to 1-13 and 0-10.
Shelby Venteicher led the Wolverines with 16 points, five assists and five steals, while Sydney Reeves added 13 points and six rebounds. Josie Carter chipped in eight points, while Emily Huntington added seven points.
Christine Gross and Hollie Perrin each scored six points, Kysa Downing and Emily Schildberg scored five points and Mackenzie Meisenheimer added four points with six rebounds.
Katie Dukes led Lenox with 15 points, six rebounds and six steals while Aurora Arevalo added 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Madison Douglas scored eight points with six rebounds, while Taylor Foster chipped in seven points and four steals.
CORNING — Ella Akin’s solid shooting night led Corning to a 54-49 win over Martensdale-St. Marys here on Thursday.
Akin shot 6-of-8 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line to score 19 points. Marie Palmer added 14 points and 13 rebounds with four blocks. Taylor Gaule added 12 points and shot 5-of-6 from the free throw line down the stretch to keep Corning in front.
Pagie Jessen scoredd six points with six assists off the bench, and co-head coach Julie Krauth said Kelsie Kinman provided excellent defense toward the end of the game.
Corning travels to Nodaway Valley on Tuesday.
Twin Cedars 43, Murray 42
MURRAY — Twin Cedars reached the finals of the Bluegrass Conference Touranment in a matchup Saturday with Moravia after nipping host Murray Thursday night, 43-42.
In a game in which neither team led by more than six, Twin Cedars made a free throw tih 8.8 seconds to go ahead 43-39. Murray grabbed the rebound on the missed second shot, and Megan Oswald’s 3-pointer at the buzzer closed it to the final one-point margin.
“We have lost three games so far this year by a total of six points,” said Murray coach Jerry Shields. “We have to be able to get over the hump and win the close one.”
Deena Snyder totaled 12 points and nine rebounds for Murray. Kate Patton added 10 points, five rebounds and four assists. Courtney Siefkas scored eight points. Oswald totaled seven points and eight rebounds. Alee Hugen had a game-high 20 points for Twin Cedars.
Murray, 11-3, meets Melcher-Dallas in the consolation finals at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Twin Cedars takes a 12-2 record to the championship game.