STUART — It took Nodaway Valley head coach Darrell Burmeister just 32 seconds to call his first timeout here Thursday in the Class 1A District 13 final against Griswold.
His team had just turned the ball over on its first possession. But after the timeout, Nodaway Valley seemed to get on track, building a 13-5 lead with 4:22 left in the first quarter.
Griswold closed the half quarter on an 11-0 run, however, taking a 16-13 lead into the second quarter.
The Wolverines put the game away in the second quarter, though. Nodaway Valley started the quarter on a 19-0 run, giving the Wolverines plenty of cushion in a 77-42 win.
The win advances Nodaway Valley to Saturday’s substate final in Atlantic against East Mills, which was a 48-28 winner over Sidney.
“We just had to get settled down a little bit,” Burmeister said. “Then we moved TJ (Bower) to the high post, and I thought that helped a little bit. It opened up some stuff. Then we got our fast break going and some steals. Jackson Lamb got hot.”
Lamb knocked down four 3-pointers in the first half, including three in the second quarter as he led all scorers with 27 points, 16 of which came in the first half. The Nodaway Valley sophomore knocked down a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the half.
Bower, who finished with 18 points for the game, had 11 by the break.
For the game, Nodaway Valley shot 71 percent from the floor.
“We shot the ball really well again tonight — 23-of-31 from the floor,” Burmeister said. “Pretty much a perfect night, except maybe that fourth quarter we put them in the bonus there at the end. I don’t think they shot very well, so I think our press wore them down as the night went along.”
Griswold managed just four points in the second quarter, as the Wolverines pulled away with a 24-4 advantage in the frame. The Tigers turned the ball over eight times in the quarter.
One area the Tigers were giving Nodaway Valley problems in the first half was on the glass.
Griswold hit the offensive glass hard in the first half, getting second chance opportunities multiple times.
“That’s all we said at halftime was ‘rebound, rebound,’” Burmeister said. “We needed to get some more defensive rebounds and block out. Then on offensive rebounds, we needed to be stronger with the basketball, because they did a nice job ripping the ball loose if weren’t strong with the ball.
“Basically, that was the only adjustment we made at halftime, was we needed to do a better job of rebounding. We liked everything else that was going on at that time.”
Nodaway Valley kept its intensity up in the second half in front of a raucous crowd that had its half of the West Central Valley gym full 30 minutes before the game tipped off.
“Our fan base is unbelievable,” Burmeister said. “Half an hour before the game, it’s packed. I know at Atlantic on Saturday, when we get there, they’ll be lined up outside.”
After losing nine seniors, including four starters, from last year’s team that qualified for the state tournament, Burmeister said the mindset of this year’s team isn’t any different.
“Our guys won the district tonight, but we were pretty calm in the locker room,” he said. “We’re not here to hand out medals tonight. If we win a district we try to stay focused. We’re one step away.”
The win improved the Wolverines to 22-2 for the season. Next up for Nodaway Valley is 21-3 East Mills in the Substate 7 final in Atlantic.
East Mills averages 61.1 points per game and shoots 43 percent from the field.
Three East Mills players average in double figures, led by junior Keegan Wederquist at 16.9 points per game. Logan Currin and Jacob Schafer both average 11 points per game.
“East Mills, coach Schafer does a great job,” Burmeister said. “They’re well-coached. They’ve got a big guy inside and they’ve got a point guard and shooting guard. They just don’t hurt themselves, and they’re a really good defensive team.”
GRISWOLD (42) — Tyrel Peters 5 2-2 13, Jacob Maass 3 0-0 6, Caleb Schaaf 2 2-2 6, Grant Haynes 2 0-0 5, Walker Mundorf 2 1-4 5, Aaron Metheny 1 2-4 4, Drake Rieber 1 0-0 3. Totals — 16 7-14 42. 3-point goals — 3 (Peters 1, Rieber 1, Haynes 1). Team fouls — 22. Fouled out — Maass.
NODAWAY VALLEY (77) — Jackson Lamb 7 8-10 27, TJ Bower 7 3-3 18, Zach Plymesser 3 4-7 11, Caleb Mueller 2 5-6 9, Delson Grantham 2 3-5 7, Nathan Venteicher 1 0-0 3, Mason Clarke 1 0-0 2. Totals — 23 23-31 77. 3-point goals — 8 (Lamb 5, Venteicher 1, Plymesser 1, Bower 1). FG shooting — xx-xx (xx percent). Rebounds — XX (Names X). Assists — X (Names X). Steals — X (Names X). Blocked shots — X (Name X). Turnovers — XX. Team fouls — 15. Fouled out — None.
Griswold — 16 20 32 42
NV — 13 37 52 77