At first it didn’t seem like they were going to have too much luck.
Nodaway Valley, the No. 4-ranked team in class 2A basketball, was doing everything right, at least on the defensive end. South Central Calhoun wasn’t able to counter and finished the first quarter with just four points to their credit.
That’s when the offense started to build for the Titans.
Over the next three quarters, the Titans started to make their comeback. SCC fought back with a 22-point second quarter but still trailed by one at halftime, 27-26.
The Titans turned up the defense in the third quarter with tremendous pressure that suffocated the Nodaway Valley offense. South Central Calhoun jumped into the lead, spurned by a 17-9 run.
Both teams were able to gain their shots in the fourth quarter, but the Wolverines doubled the efforts of South Central Calhoun with 14 points. The Titans finished with just seven points.
South Central Calhoun had been able to get the ball in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter. Nodaway Valley lost track of the ball handler, and the Titans would have the last shot.
However, the game-winning shot would fall just short, and both teams ended regulation with 50 points each.
In the first overtime period, the Titans held an early lead, but Nodaway Valley surpassed them and would take a three-point advantage for most of the extra period.
In the final minute of the first overtime, SCC had a chance to tie the game, but a three-point shot, which would have made the score 60-60, fell just off the rim. Nodaway Valley took the ball back, but it was stolen by the Titans.
Again, SCC swung the ball out to an open three-point attempt, but the shooter was fouled on the shot.
The Titans were able to make one of the three free throws to close with in two points, 60-58.
Nodaway Valley rushed down the floor and was able to draw the foul to go to the free-throw line.
Only one of those shots fell through the rim, and suddenly, the Titans would have one more chance to extend the game with another three-pointer.
The play had to happen quickly, and the Titans were able to get one more shot attempt off, but once again, it fell short of the rim. Nodaway Valley escaped with a 61-58 victory, and they were able to eliminate South Central Calhoun from the basketball tournament.
Sophomore Kylee Schleisman led the Titans with 16 points. She also had five rebounds. Riley Batta finished with 12 points and six rebounds. Sayer Steig had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Addisyn Korleski finished with eight points and two rebounds. Brielle Korleski added five points.
Emma Anderson and Sally Musselman finished with three points each.
Overall, the Titans were able to finish the season 14-9. Nodaway Valley is 22-0 on the year.