SOUTHERN VALLEY- It was a good night to be a Swede as Gothenburg basketball won by a total of 60 points in both games with the Eagles. The girls won 49-29, while the boys won 65-25.
This was a highly anticipated matchup, with both teams ranked 7th in the Omaha World Herald Rankings in their respective classes coming into the contest. The Gothenburg girls got things rolling early in the first quarter behind 8 points in the first by senior Kynlee Strauser. The Swedes scored 12 plus points in both the first and second quarter. Southern Valley chipped into the lead in the third, outscoring Gothenburg 11-8 in the period behind junior Ann Bose scoring 5 points. Four players scored in the fourth quarter for the Swedes to help them outscore the Eagles 14-5 in the final quarter, securing the win 49-29. Gothenburg improved to 14-3, while Southern Valley fell to 14-3.
Gothenburg was led by Strauser who finished with 15 points, while junior Aubrey O’Hare added 11 points. Gothenburg turned the ball over 9 times, knocked down 8 three pointers, and went 5-11 from the free throw line. Southern Valley was led by Bose with 14 points, and only four players scored for the Eagles. Southern Valley committed 15 turnovers, made 1 three pointer, and went 6-11 from the free throw line.
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The boys game was dominated from start to finish by Gothenburg. They started the game on a 17-0 run, and were up 20-2 after the end of the first. They scored 20 or more points in the first two quarters, and were up 42-9 at halftime. Southern Valley could not hold onto the ball in the first half, turning the ball over 15 times, which led to the big deficit. Freshman Isaac Hamilton was the bright spot for Southern Valley, scoring 13 points in the second half, scoring more than the rest of his team combined. The game was in running clock by the mid fourth quarter, and Gothenburg cruised to a 65-25 win. Gothenburg improved to 10-7, while Southern Valley fell to 6-8.
Gothenburg was led by junior Trey Stevens who scored 17 points, while senior Connor McCoy scored 12 points off the bench. The Swedes turned the ball over 12 times, made 8 three pointers, and went 3-5 from the free throw line. Hamilton led the way for Southern Valley with 17 points. The Eagles turned the ball over 25 times, made 3 three pointers, and went 7-11 from the free throw line.
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Southern Valley will be back in action Friday at home against Alma, while Gothenburg will also be home Friday against Valentine.