WRV falls one quarter short in losses to Springs Valley, Owen Valley

Thursday, February 16, 2017

White River Valley lost two games over the weekend, coming up one quarter short in both contests.

The Wolverines (4-15) lost to Springs Valley Friday night because of a disastrous fourth quarter. Owen Valley defeated the Wolverines Saturday night because of a horrid third quarter.

They will host North Daviess at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Springs Valley 68, WRV 45

The Blackhawks (12-8) broke open a close game by outscoring visiting WRV 20-5 in the fourth quarter.

Springs Valley led 17-11 after one quarter and 32-26 at the break. The Wolverines were still within striking distance, trailing 48-40, heading into the fourth.

“Against Springs Valley, we were happy with our defensive effort in the first half,” assistant coach Matt Richter said. “In the second half what (hurt us) was their ability to make shots and their depth.”

He explained the Blackhawks’ reserves are almost as good as the starters. He said that was a good lesson for the Wolverines as they can be a stronger team if they can develop their own depth.

Brayton Cornelius led WRV with 22 points as he nailed four trifectas, and Clayton Hoover scored 15.

Josh Weddle led Springs Valley with 16 points, Ryan Tow tallied 13, and Braden Whitaker added 10.

WRV 11 15 14 5 -- 45

S. Valley 17 15 16 20 -- 68

WHITE RIVER VALLEY (45)

Cornelius 8 2-3 22 2F, Gibson 1 0-0 2 4F, York 1 0-2 2 3F, Hockman 1 0-0 2 1F, Lemmons 0 0-0 0, Murdock 0 0-0 0, Hoover 7 1-2 15 4F, Denham 1 0-0 2 3F, TEAM 19 3-7 45 17F. Three-Point Shooting: 4 (Cornelius 4). Turnovers 15.

SPRINGS VALLEY (68)

Weddle 6 1-2 16 3F, Tow 4 5-5 13 1F, Russell 2 0-0 5, I. Carars 0 0-0 0, Crecilious 4 1-2 9 2F, Z. Carars 4 0-0 9 1F, McElfresh 1 0-0 2 1F, Tucker 0 0-0 0, Whitaker 3 3-5 10 1F, Hughett 0 0-0 0, Land 0 0-0 0, Selby 1 2-3 4, Cooper 0 0-0 0, TEAM 25 12-17 68 9F. Three-Point Shooting: 6 (Weddle 3, Russell 1, Z. Carars 1, Whitaker 1). Turnovers: 11.

Owen Valley 60, WRV 44

Owen Valley visited WRV Saturday night and broke open a close game with a huge third quarter.

The teams played to a 9-9 tie after one quarter. The Patriots (6-14) outscored WRV 20-17 in the second frame to take a 29-26 halftime lead.

Richter said the Wolverines were up one late in the first half, but drew a technical for having six players on the floor. The Blackhawks capitalized on that mistake to go up three. Richter said the Wolverines were slow to regroup, one reason for their abysmal third quarter.

“That was just a major mistake on our part,” Richter said. “That took the wind out of our sails.”

Owen Valley jumped out to a 46-30 lead by outscoring their hosts 17-4 in the third quarter. Both teams scored 14 in the final stanza.

“We had a hard time bouncing back,” Richter said. “Their big kid hit some tough shots.”

Richter said the game should teach the Wolverines they cannot dwell on one mistake, but must bounce back and play good basketball.

Brayton Cornelius drilled four three-pointers to lead all players with 23 points.

Owen Valley placed four players in double figures: Jonah Arthur with 13 points; Corbin Wrightsman and Michael Light, 12 apiece; and Isaac Wood, 10.

Richter noted Owen Valley coach Roger Fleetwood has racked up more than 500 wins in his career and benefited from a team that has seven seniors.

“That’s the kind of team we want to play against, well-coached teams,” he said.

O. Valley 9 20 17 14 -- 60

WRV 9 17 4 14 -- 44

OWEN VALLEY (60)

Arthur 6 1-2 13 3F, Wrightsman 6 0-0 12 3F, Heckman 1 2-2 4 2F, Herrington 4 0-0 9 4F, Light 3 6-8 12 4F, N. Boyd 0 0-0 0 2F, Wood 2 5-6 10 4F, C. Boyd 0 0-0 0 1F, 22 14-18 60 23F. Three-Point Shooting: 2 (Herrington 1, Wood 1). Turnovers: 7.

WHITE RIVER VALLEY (44)

Cornelius 5 9-13 23 3F, Gibson 0 0-1 0 1F, York 2 0-2 4 5F, Hockman 0 3-4 3 2F, Lemmons 0 0-0 0, Hoover 2 3-4 7 4F, Patterson 0 0-0 0, Denham 2 2-3 7 3F, TEAM 11 17-27 44 18F. Three-Point Shooting: 5 (Cornelius 4, Denham 1). Turnovers 13.

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