Nodaway Valley ends P-C's season
By SUE RIEDER
The Paton-Churdan boys basketball team saw their season come to an end when a hot shooting Nodaway Valley crew beat them 66-48 in Panora on Feb. 26. The Wolverines came into the game with more losses than Paton-Churdan, but their record was somewhat deceiving as several of those losses were to 2A schools or to teams who are still alive in postseason play.
P-C got off to a poor start and made only one of their first five shots. Nodaway Valley capitalized on the Rocket’s poor offensive start and their five turnovers to take a 23-15 lead after one period. The 3-pointers kept dropping for the Wolverines and by the end of the second period, they had drained nine from outside the arc and had built up a 39-21 advantage. Despite a great effort, the Rockets could not make a dent in the 18 point half time lead, as Nodaway Valley kept answering any runs that the Rockets made, so P-C’s outstanding 20-4 season came to an end.
P-C was led in scoring by Jake Carey with 16, Noah Juergensen with 15, and Colton Fitzpatrick with 10. Nodaway Valley’s Jackson Lamb led all scorers with 30 points, including six 3-point goals.