East Union 40
AFTON — Lenox co-coach Steve Tussey got the upper hand in the battle of father vs. son, as the Lenox Tigers scored a 44-40 win over East Union here on Friday, knocking off Thad Tussey’s Eagles.
East Union built an early lead in the game, but Spencer Brown scored 16 first-half points to lead the Tigers into the half with 24-23 lead.
“We played well out of the gate against their halfcourt trap and built an early lead,” Thad Tussey said. “Defensive mistakes let Lenox cut into the lead.”
East Union scored just two points in the third quarter, and shot only seven free throws for the game.
“Those numbers won’t win many games,” Thad Tussey said. “Our defensive effort was better the second half. Our kids are building character by handling adversity better and better, and responding to challenges. We don’t want to be an easy W.”
Jesse Akers led the Eagles with 10 points in the loss. Cole Campbell added nine points, while Trevor Barnett dropped in seven. Brandon Hulsey and Dustin Hoyt each netted six points. Sean Schmitz added two points.
Brown led Lenox with 20 points, while Caleb Lange added 12 more. Frank Martinez scored seven points, as Dawson Tullberg scored three and Todd Stoaks added two points.
Nodaway Valley 74, Southwest Valley 49
CORNING — Nodaway Valley held a 26-4 first-quarter lead and never looked back in a 74-49 win over Southwest Valley here on Friday.
“Our press and rebounding were the keys to the game,” Nodaway Valley head coach Darrell Burmeister said.
The Wolverines forced 36 turnovers, 27 of which came on steals. They also outrebounded Southwest Valley 31-19, with 14 offensive rebounds.
TJ Bower led the Wolverines with 29 points, six assists and six steals. Jackson Lamb chipped in 15 points with five assists and seven steals. Delson Grantham added 12 points with seven rebounds and four steals. Zach Plymesser finished with seven rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Scott Vanderhoof led Southwest Valley with 21 points and six rebounds. Keegan Longabaugh recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Evan Baldwin finished with six points.
“After getting off to a rough start with 12 turnovers in the first eight minutes, we found ourselves in a deep hole to dig out of,” Southwest Valley head coach Jim Obermeier said. “Having Colten Drake out with a broken wrist (out four to six weeks) after Thursday night’s practice, we had to play with a smaller lineup than we had anticipated. We will be adding Nick Spring (6-3) to our varsity roster next week after a late start, with hopes he can add some offensive spark to the T’wolves.”
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MOUNT AYR — Mount Ayr fell behind 21-6 at the end of the first quarter in a 59-38 loss to Bedford here on Friday.
“We knew coming into this season that we were going to have some ups and downs with this inexperienced lineup,” Mount Ayr head coach Bret Ruggles said. “Our guard play got pressured tonight and our post play couldn’t get any real momentum. It just caused a lot of confusion. We will get this cleaned up in practice and we will get better from here.”
Rhett Murphy and Caleb Schnoor each scored six points to lead the Raiders. Murphy added five rebounds, while Schnoor had three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Kyle Dolecheck chipped in five points with a team-high six rebounds.
Riley Weehler scored four points, as did Jacob Sobotka and Connor Giles.
“We have a huge week ahead of us as we play two ranked teams and a big rivalry game against Interstate 35,” Ruggles said. “All of these games are on the road in very tough environments, so we will be challenged both physically and mentally.”
Mount Ayr travels to Nodaway Valley on Tuesday.
ORIENT — After building a 43-30 lead at the end of three quarters here Saturday, the Orient-Macksburg Bulldogs held off a late rally by Seymour in a 51-47 win.
“Each team was in foul trouble late in the game,” O-M head coach Drew Dornack said. “Seymour had three players foul out and O-M had two players foul out.”
Chantz Davidson led all scorers with 19 points, while Dylan Nichols added 16 for the Bulldogs. Jordan Thompson scored six points, as both Seth White and Jesse Johnson ended with four. Wyatt Hensley scored two points.
The Bulldogs return to action Tuesday at Iowa Christian Academy.