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Area girls basketball

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 11:52 p.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 7:23 a.m. CST

Nodaway Valley 60, East Union 44

GREENFIELD — Nodaway Valley used a 36-16 first-half advantage to roll away with a 60-44 win over East Union here on Tuesday.

Freshman Paige McElfish recorded a double-double for the Wolverines, scoring 16 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Freshman Josie Clarke led the team with 17 points and grabbed four boards to go with six steals and five blocked shots.

“Nodaway Valley played a very solid first half to jump out to a 20-point halftime lead,” head coach Tom Thompson said. “Switching defenses kept East Union off balance and NV passed the ball well, having 19 assists on 26 made baskets. A solid team effort to begin the second half of the season.”

Josie Carter led the team with six assists to go with her seven points, while Christine Gross added five assists. Jessica Nelson and Emily Huntington each finished with three assists, as Huntington also scored eight points.

Brittany Malone led the Eagles in the loss with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Kelsey Hoff added 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Chelsea Hoyt scored seven points with five rebounds. Stacia Bryson grabbed five boards and dished out three assists.

Nodaway Valley improved to 5-3 overall on the season and 5-1 in the Pride of Iowa Conference. The Wolverines travel to Pleasantville on Friday and to Clarke on Saturday.

East Union falls to 2-6 with the loss.

Bedford 72,

Lenox 47

LENOX — Bedford grabbed an 11 point lead after one quarter of play and held on for a 72-47 win over Lenox here on Tuesday.

Aurora Arevalo recorded a double-double for the Tigers with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Katie Dukes also scored in double figures with 13 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Taylor Foster and Hannah Mitchell each scored five points for Lenox, while Jacy Stoaks grabbed eight rebounds.

“We cut the Bedford lead down to six at three minutes in the third quarter, and then the wheels fell off,” said Lenox head coach Mandy Stoaks.

Lenox hosts Interstate 35 on Friday.

Mount Ayr 55, Southwest Valley 39

MOUNT AYR — Mount Ayr was able to pull away from Southwest Valley in the second and fourth quarters of a 55-39 win here on Tuesday.

“It was a typical game back from break,” Mount Ayr head coach Thad Streit said. “Both teams got off to a slow start and were a little out of shape. I thought we executed well down the stretch and held our composure the last few minutes. We are taking huge strides in reducing our turnovers.”

Senior Brook Rychnovsky led the Raiderettes with 13 points, knocking down four 3-pointers, and also finished with four assists and two steals. Freshman Macy Larsen added 11 points, while Paige Daughton and Tess Shields each netted 10 points.

Daughton just missed a double-double, recording nine rebounds to lead the team. She also added five assists and four steals. Ashton Johnston dished out five assists.

Sydney Maynes led Southwest Valley with 13 points and six rebounds to go with two assists, two steals and two blocked shots. Mikayla Dolch added eight points with two rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Lexi Bronner netted six points, while Marissa Drake and Katie Taylor each added four points.

Murray 54, ACA 24

ANKENY — The Class 1A fifth-ranked Murray girls basketball team easily dispatched of Ankeny Christian Academy here Tuesday in Bluegrass Conference action, winning 54-24.

“We did a great job defensively on a team that had been averaging almost 62 points per game,” Murray head coach Jerry Shields said. “Held the 22 point per game girl (Madison Laib) to 14 and one that had been scoring 17 points per game (Gabby Snyder) to four. Chellsea Jones and Cheyanne Ashby did very good jobs defensively.”

Kate Patton led the Lady Mustangs with 21 points, four assists and five steals. She also grabbed seven rebounds.

“Kate did a good job of running the floor and Madison (Gonseth) and Megan (Oswald) did a super job on the boards,” Shields said.

Gonseth grabbed 13 rebounds to go with her eight points, while Oswald pulled down 12 boards to go with her nine points.

Murray, now 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the conference, travels to Lamoni on Friday for a matchup between two teams undefeated in the conference.

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