(Panora) Nodaway Valley drained a dozen threes including nine in the first half of a 66-48 District Final win over Paton-Churdan Thursday night.
Each time Paton-Churdan tried to make a run, Nodaway Valley answered back with a bigger spurt of their own. The Rockets fell behind 8-2 early, but clawed back to within one only to see Nodaway Valley go on a 15-2 run midway through the opening quarter and never look back. The Wolverines led 23-9 late in the first quarter when Paton-Churdan again clawed back this time to within six early in the 2nd quarter, but Nodaway Valley answered again with a 16-4 run to end the first half. Down 18 at halftime, Paton-Churdan started the third quarter with a 4-0 run, but never got closer than 14 down in the 2nd half.
Jackson Lamb did most of the damage in Nodaway Valley's initial 15-2 run with three deep pull-up threes in that stretch. He'd score 30 on the night hitting six three's, two two-point field goals, and knocking down 8/13 free throws in the game. Lamb has scored at least 27 points in six straight games. Nathan Andrews, Nate Venteicher, and David Schweitzer all hit at least one three for the Wolverines. Andrews scored 13 points and had a double double, Venteicher scored nine points.
The Wolverines (18-6) go back to Substate where they lost on a buzzer beater in overtime last year to East Mills. Their opponent this year will be 20-5 Fremont-Mills which survived a close call against familiar foe Sidney in the District 14 Final.
Paton-Churdan graduates a great senior class that saw the program go from 0-20 wins over the course of their careers. 4-year leading scorer Jake Carey scored 16 points in the loss--14 in the 2nd half. 3-year starter Noah Juergensen added 15 points and the junior went over 1,000 career points early in the game.