OSCEOLA — A hot night from behind the 3-point arc helped Clarke build a 10-point second half lead, but Nodaway Valley chipped away and came away with a come-from-behind 49-47 win over the Lady Indians here on Saturday.
The Lady Indians knocked down six 3-pointers in the first half, including three from senior Carley Robins, in building a 25-19 lead at the break.
Senior guard Libby Bemis got a basket off a Robins pass and then knocked down two free throws to extend the lead to 29-19 early in the third quarter.
But, Nodaway Valley answered with an 18-5 run to take a 38-34 lead when Josie Carter dished to Jessica Nelson in the corner for a 3-pointer. It was Nelson’s second 3-pointer of the run.
Carter had scored the first nine points of the half for the Wolverines, hitting a pair of 3-pointers of her own.
“We used an 18-5 run midway through the third quarter to tie the game and played well enough down the stretch to pull out a hard-fought win against a physical, hot-shooting Clarke team,” Nodaway Valley head coach Tom Thompson said.
The Lady Indians briefly regained the lead when Robins sank another 3-pointer and got a bucket to make it 39-38, but Paige McElfish ended the quarter with a free throw to tie the game at 39-39.
A McElfish bucket with less than 5:00 in the game gave the Wolverines a 44-40 lead, but Robins hit her fifth 3-pointer of the game to make it 44-43.
After Carter converted a layup off a steal, Robins knocked down her sixth 3-pointer to tie the game at 46.
Josie Clarke got a bucket in the post with 2:39 left to make the score 48-46, and Baylie Balcaen would make one of two free throws to cut it to 48-47. Clarke made 1-of-2 free throws with less than a minute left to give Nodaway Valley the 49-47 advantage.
But, the Wolverines had to hold off one last effort from the Lady Indians.
Clarke head coach Eric Zoske called timeout with :04 left in the game and drew up a play for the final shot. Bemis ran off a series of screens in a circular motion from the left wing, to the top of the key and to the left block from the right wing, where she found herself wide open.
But, the inbound pass was just short of Bemis, knocked away by Nodaway Valley, which survived the scare to win 49-47.
“Only 11 turnovers and 10 offensive rebounds were key parts of the win,” Thompson said.
Carter and Clarke each finished with 13 points to lead the Wolverines in scoring, while McElfish recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Robins scored a game-high 21 points for Clarke.
CLARKE (47) — Carley Robins 7 1-2 21, Libby Bemis 3 4-4 11, Maddi Heath 2 1-2 7, Devon Carson 2 0-0 5, Baylie Balcaen 1 1-2 3. Totals — 15 7-10 47. Team fouls — 16. Fouled out — none.
NODAWAY VALLEY (49) — Josie Clarke 5 3-5 13, Josie Carter 5 1-3 13, Paige McElfish 4 2-4, Emily Huntington 2 0-0 6, Jessica Nelson 2 0-0 6, Riley Lonsdale 0 1-3 1. Totals — 18 7-15 49. FG shooting — 18-53 (33.9 percent). 3-point goals — 6 (Huntington 2, Carter 2, Nelson 2). Rebounds — 31 (McElfish 11, Carter 8, Clarke 6, Mercedes Harter 3). Assists — 12 (Christine Gross 5, Carter 2, Clarke 2). Steals — 11 (Carter 4, McElfish 4). Blocked shots — 7 (McElfish 5, Clarke 2). Turnovers — 11. Team fouls — 13. Fouled out — None.
Clarke — 14 25 39 47
NV — 12 19 39 49