The Okaw Valley girls basketball team got an early lead in a see-saw battle on Thursday to beat Cerro Gordo Bement, 40-37.
Okaw Valley is only one win away from the double-digit win mark (9-18 overall, 4-0 LOVC NW).
The Okaw twin towers got work right away. Kate Jeffers scored three times. Madison Vogel scored three times. Freshman Mia Harris buried a 3 and Okaw was up 15-8.
CGB got three solo buckets from Shonkwiler, Copsy and Mann. Hart made two free throws.
In the 2nd the pendulum swung to the Broncos, 10-4. Mann was loose like a goose. She made two twos, 1-of-4 free throws and then a triple for 8 of her 16 points. Brandenburg scored, too. Jeffers had a bucket and Ciera Perry and that was it for Okaw. The Timberwolves led at the half by just a point, 19-18.
An extra possession in the 3rd, 9-8, gave them a tenuous 3-point lead to start the 4th. Vogel scored twice and made a free throw. Jeffers scored twice as the twin towers carried the Wolves.
CGB got three solo buckets again from Shonkwiler, Brandenburg and Mann. B'burg also made a throw. Okaw was up, 28-25.
In the fateful furious 4th, it was a barn-burner. Mann scored twice, Brandenburg scored twice and Shonkwiler and Hart, once each.
Okaw matched that effort to emerge with the win. Jeffers scored twice and went to the line for 7 free throws in crunch time. She made 3 and finished with a game-high 19 points and 15 boards for a significant double-double.
Freshman Shyanne Harding scored and made a free throw. Perry made two free throws. Vogel fouled out, but the Wolves got the one possession win.
Kate Jeffers finished with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Madison Vogel had 11 points and 8 rebounds. Bella Benning the 3-point shootist did not play, making the game closer than it would have.
The free throw line decided the game and either team could have won. CGB missed 17 free throws in a 3-point loss, going 4-of-21. Okaw was 7-of-15 at the line, hence the 3-point win.
Okaw Valley 40, Cerro Gordo 37
Okaw stats: Jeffers 19 (8 FGs, 3/7 FTs), Vogel 11 (5 FGs, 1/4 FTs), Perry 4 (FG, 2/2 FTs), Harris 3 (FG), Harding 3 (FG, 1/2 FTs). Team FGs 16. 3-Pointers: 1 (Harris). Team FTs 7-of-15.
CGdo stats: Mann 16 (6-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 1/7 FTs), Brandenburg 9 (4 FGs, 1/4 FTs), Shinkwiler 6 (3 FGs, 0/1 FTs), Hart 4 (FG, 2/4 FTs), Reed (0/3 FTs), Gopsy 2 (FG), Stroisch (0/2 FTs). Team FGs 16. 3-Pointers: 1 (Mann). Team FTs 4-of-21.