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Big second half lifts Wolverines

Published: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 1:33 p.m. CDT

GREENFIELD — Nodaway Valley rallied from a 12-8 halftime deficit in a slow-developing game to defeat Van Meter 35-26 in a Class 2A Region 7 quarterfinal game Tuesday night.

Nodaway Valley had a 27-14 advantage in the final two periods.

“Defense was the key to the win tonight,” head coach Tom Thompson said. “Nodaway Valley struggled to score in the first half, but was much more aggressive going to the basket in the second half.”

Senior Sydney Reeves had 12 points and six rebounds to lead the Wolverines (14-8). Shelby Venteicher added nine points, four rebounds and three assists. Kysa Downing contributed six points and five rebounds.

For Van Meter (13-10), Katie Agey collected eight points and nine steals, and Abby Daly also had eight points.

Nodaway Valley advances to Friday’s regional semifinal at Manning against third-ranked IKM (Manning).

VAN METER (26) — Abby Daly 8, Katie Agey 8, Nicole Meyer 6, Caroline Maher 2, Clare Schoonmaker 2. Totals — 8 1-15 26. 3-point goals — 0-5. FG shooting — 8-44 (18.2 percent). Rebounds — 30 (Clare Schoonmaker 10, Nicole Meyer 9).  Assists — 5 (Katie Agey 2). Steals — 11 (Agey 9). Team fouls — 17. Fouled out — None.

NODAWAY VALLEY (35) — Sydney Reeves 12, Shelby Venteicher 9, Kysa Downing 6, Christine Gross 3, Josie Carter 3, Julie Bricker 2. Totals — 11 13-19 35. 3-point goals — 0-3. FG shooting — 11-30 (36.7 percent). Rebounds — 22 (Reeves 6, Bricker 5, Downing 5, Venteicher 4).  Assists — 6 (Venteicher 3). Steals — 5 (Carter 2). Team fouls — 11. Fouled out  — None.

Van Meter — 6 12 18 26

NV — 4 8 22 35

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