(Des Moines) For the 2nd straight season the Nodaway Valley boys basketball team sees their season come to an end at the state tournament. The Wolverines fell in the first round to Kuemper Catholic 61-54.
Nodaway Valley hit 4 first quarter three-pointers and led by as much as seven in the first half before foul trouble and Kuemper Catholic’s offensive rebounding prowess allowed the Knights to come back. Kuemper Catholic tied the game up at 27 by halftime and took control early in the second half with a 21-11 third quarter advantage. The Knights ended up with 16 offensive rebounds in the game and outrebounded Nodaway Valley 37-27 in the game. That’s something Nodaway Valley coach Darrell Burmeister pointed two as a decisive factor.
In the second half Kuemper Catholic got big three point makes from Chris Halbur and Carter Ludwig plus more low post scoring from Sam Brincks who finished with a game high 24 points. Nodaway Valley did make a late run to cut a 12 point deficit down to 3 with just over five minutes to play, but never got the big shot to put them over the hump.
Despite the loss it has been an impressive run for a talented group of Nodaway Valley players. Over the last two years they have combined to go 46-6 with half of those losses coming at the state tournament. Alex Welsch posted 16 points, 12 rebounds, 8 blocked shots, and 3 crowd-pleasing dunks. Fellow seniors Dean Frank and Brad Baudler each scored 11.
Click here for the postgame comments of coach Darrell Burmeister