Area boys basketball
Mt. Ayr 53
BEDFORD — In a close Pride of Iowa battle Tuesday, the Bedford boys defeated Mount Ayr 58-53.
Kyle Dolecheck scored 14 points with seven rebounds for Mount Ayr (7-9) and Jake Sobotka added 13 points and eight rebounds. Jack Jones scored 10 points. Riley Weehler handed our four assists.
Bedford (11-5) made two more 3-pointers in the game and that was a difference in the outcome, Mount Ayr coach Bret Ruggles said.
“This was another chapter in a great rivalry,” Ruggles said. “I thought both teams played extremely hard and showed a lot of class out there. Bedford is a really good defensive team and can really bottleneck an offense. I really felt that we did a great job defensively as well and made their role players step up in the scoring.”
Nodaway Valley 64, SW Valley 27
GREENFIELD — Nodaway Valley blitzed Southwest Valley 46-15 in a precision-like first half on the way to a 64-27 victory Tuesday night.
The fifth-ranked (Associated Press) Wolverines shot 17-of-21 from two-point range in the first half for 81 percent and 21-of-30 for the game for 70 percent. The score was 55-20 at the 4:00 mark of the third quarter and the last 12 minutes of the game was played under the mercy rule running clock.
“Our guys played some of their best basketball of the season in the first half,” NV coach Darrell Burmeister said. “Pressing, passing, transition, defense and rebounding were all excellent.”
T.J. Bower had 26 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Wolverines (14-1 overall, 12-0 Pride of Iowa). Bower made four of the team’s seven 3-pointers. Delson Grantham had 10 points and nine rebounds. Jackson Lamb finished with 10 points, six assists and five steals in three quarters of play.
Burmeister was pleased with the team’s defense in limiting the Timberwolves to single digits in all four quarters, and with leading scorer Keegan Longabaugh held to seven points.
Colton Drake led Southwest Valley with 10 points and five rebounds. Scott Vanderhoof had six rebounds. Gunnar McCuen had a pair of steals.