(Stuart) Nodaway Valley's dominant 2nd quarter proved to be the difference in their 77-42 win over Griswold. The 7th ranked Wolverines improved to 22-2 with the win at West Central Valley High School.
Nodaway Valley got out to a 13-5 early lead, but allowed Griswold to close the first quarter on an 11-0 run to make it a 16-15 game. That's the last time it was close the rest of the night as Nodaway Valley started the 2nd quarter on a 16-0 run and outscored Griswold 24-4 in the quarter. The end of the first half was highlighted by Nodaway Valley's suffocating defense and Jackson Lamb's smooth shooting stroke from the outside. Lamb hit four three pointers in the first half including a quick-trigger at the first half horn to push Nodaway Valley's lead to 17 (37-20).
Griswold got nine second half points from senior Tyrel Peters as the Tigers played Nodaway Valley fairly even in the early stages of the second half, but the Nodaway Valley would put the petal back to the metal over the final 12 minutes of the game and put the 35-point rule into effect late in the 4th.
Jackson Lamb ended up with a game high 27 points. TJ Bower had 18 points, 10 rebound, and 8 assists. Bower's defense at the head of the full-court press gave Griswold fits all night.
Griswold ends the season at 15-9 overall. Over half of their losses came to teams that ended up in a District Final or Sub-State. The Tiger's lose a very strong senior class including Peters along with fellow starters Grant Haynes and Jacob Maass. Johnny Duggan, one of the Tiger's top reserves, will also graduate.
Nodaway Valley meets 22-3 East Mills in the Substate matchup at Atlantic Saturday. East Mills is coming off of a 48-28 win over Sidney.
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