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Published: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 1:25 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 1:37 a.m. CDT
Nodaway Valley post player Josie Clarke (54) defends Interstate 35 freshman Riley Morris during the second half of Nodaway Valley's 50-46 overtime loss to the Roadrunners on Friday.

Interstate 35 50, Nodaway Valley 46

GREENFIELD — Nodaway Valley battled back from an early 14-point deficit to force overtime against the lone remaining unbeaten team in the Pride of Iowa Conference, but fell to Interstate 35 here Friday in overtime, 50-46.

The Wolverines fell behind 21-7 as Roadrunner freshman Slye Richardson knocked down four 3-pointers early. Richardson finished with six 3-pointers for the game, including a big one in overtime.

Nodaway Valley took its first lead of the game at 38-36 with just under 6:00 remaining in the game on a Paige McElfish basket. McElfish scored a team-high 15 points for the Wolverines and also grabbed 12 rebounds.

Nodaway Valley had a shot to win the game in the closing seconds of regulation, but freshman Josie Clarke’s shot was blocked by 6-0 Roadrunner freshman Gracey Griglione, forcing overtime.

The Wolverines took an early 44-42 lead in overtime, but Richardson hit her sixth 3-pointer of the game to put the Roadrunners back on top.

“We had opportunities to win, but just couldn’t get over the hump,” Nodaway Valley head coach Tom Thompson said. “Great effort and hard work got us back in the game. Girls showed great character by continuing to battle, even when falling behind early.”

Clarke added 12 points for the Wolverines. Josie Carter and Emily Huntington scored six apiece and Jessica Nelson scored five points.

The Wolverines fell to 7-5 overall and 6-3 in the conference, while Intersate 35 improved to 9-0 in the Pride of Iowa Conference before falling to Central Decatur on Saturday, 45-38.

Nodaway Valley hosts Lenox on Tuesday.

Southwest Valley 68, Pleasantville 42

PLEASANTVILLE — Southwest Valley nearly had five players score in double figures here Friday against Pleasantville, as the Timberwolves picked up a 68-42 win.

“We struggled first half against their press, but did much better in the second half,” Southwest Valley co-coach Sandy Winter said. “Our defense was effective against their 3-point shooters.”

Marissa Drake recorded a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Timberwolves. Sydney Maynes added 14 points with four rebounds and three steals. Mikayla Dolch netted 12 points with seven boards. Gentry Johannes scored 11 points.

“We are starting to work well together throughout the game, and it’s evident when four players score in double figures,” Winter said.

Katie Taylor added eight points for Southwest Valley and Lexi Bronner scored seven points.

SE Warren 49,

East Union 32

LIBERTY CENTER — Southeast Warren outscored East Union 17-8 in the second quarter to break open a close game in a 49-32 win over the Eagles here on Friday.

Brittany Malone recorded a double-double for the Eagles, scoring 11 points with 13 rebounds. Kelsey Hoff added seven points and eight rebounds, while Chelsea Hoyt recorded six points and seven rebounds.

Kali Mertens added four points with three rebounds and Stacia Bryson scored two points with six rebounds.

The Eagles host Mount Ayr on Tuesday.

Murray 61, ICA 43

WEST DES MOINES — A nine-minute stretch that spanned the end of the third quarter into the fourth quarter helped the third-ranked Murray Lady Mustangs pull away from Iowa Christian Academy in a 61-43 win here on Friday.

“Attacked the offensive boards well,” Murray head coach Jerry Shields said. “Also did a good job of controlling our turnovers this evening. With three minutes to go in the third until two minutes to go in the game, we went on a 15-4 run and played some very good defense.”

Murray led 25-23 at halftime, and outscored Iowa Christian Academy 36-20 in the second half.

Kate Patton scored 19 points with five rebounds, five assists and four steals in the win. Megan Oswald added 12 points with seven rebounds. Madison Gonseth contributed six points with a team-high 12 rebounds.

McKenzie McIntosh scored six points with six rebounds and three assists. Courtney Siefkas also scored six points. Deena Snyder grabbed six rebounds and finished with four assists.

Murray improved to 12-0 overall and 8-0 in the Bluegrass Conference with the win.

Wayne 71, Lenox 35

CORYDON — Wayne pulled away from Lenox early here Friday in a 71-35 win over the Tigers.

Katie Dukes led the Tigers with eight points and seven rebounds, while Aurora Arevalo scored six points with seven boards. Hannah Mitchell added six points and Jacy Stoaks scored five points.

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