Nodaway-Holt hangs on against South Nodaway
CAPTION: Nodaway-Holt senior guard Kalli Devers launches a three-pointer over South Nodaway’s Mallory McConkey during Tuesday night’s the Lady Trojans’ 51-41 victory. JASON LAWRENCE/DAILY FORUM
By JASON LAWRENCE
For three quarters, the No. 1 team in Class 1 didn’t look much like itself, but in the end, the Nodaway-Holt Lady Trojans pulled out the 17th straight victory.
“It was a tough game, they played well,” Nodaway-Holt head coach David Carroll said. “
South Nodaway led early, before back-to-back threes from Lady Trojans’ senior guards Kalli Devers and Megan Rosenbohm put Nodaway-Holt back out in front 12-7 in the first quarter.
The Lady Trojans jumped out ahead 16-8 after one and held a 26-18 lead at halftime, but the Lady Longhorns weren’t going away as senior guard Leann Walker scored 10 points in the first half on the strength of three three-pointers.
“A lot of times you play those top-tier teams and as a coach you try to get your coach to believe, but this group, I don’t have to convince them, they do believe,” South Nodaway head coach Aaron Murphy said. “The first quarter and fourth quarter we hung with them. If we would have limited and started a little quicker, I believe we would’ve been in striking distance and not forced to do some things that gave them some opportunities at the end.”
They went on a 9-0 run to take a 27-26 lead early in the third quarter — and the lead went back and forth with Nodaway-Holt taking a 38-30 lead after three quarters.
“What was good about the deal was that when they took over the lead from us, we fought back,” Carroll said. “We had a little adversity there and we didn’t quit.”
Rosenbohm scored nine of the Lady Trojans’ final 13 points as they held on for the 51-41 victory.
Rosenbohm finished with 25 points for the Lady Trojans while senior guard Darcie Gallagher and sophomore forward Jordan Long scored five apiece in the win.
Walker finished with 14 points for South Nodaway while senior Andrea Henggeler added 12 and freshman guard Mallory McConkey chipped in with eight points.
Murphy said his pair of freshman guards, Mallory and Meaghan McConkey have blended in well with the seniors on the team to give them some balance at the guard position.
“The guard area is where we’ve really struggled and they fit right into a group of seniors,” Murphy said. “They’re learning every game and they’re getting better every game.”
Nodaway-Holt (17-0) will play Craig/Fairfax Friday night at 6 p.m.
South Nodaway (10-5) is back in action Thursday night as the Lady Longhorns host West Nodaway at 6 p.m.