Okaw Valley boys basketball (22-9) parlayed their 20-win season into a #3 seed at their own Okaw Valley 1A Regional tournament. Okaw took on Casey-Westfield (24-7, the #2 seed Friday night in the regional final, but fell to a similar fate against the Warriors, 57-37.
Okaw Valley played Casey earlier in the season and lost, 59-45. The Timberwolves gave themselves a chance to get revenge, but it was not to be.
Casey jumped on the T’Wolves right out of the box for a 17-5 run. Okaw held their own in the middle quarters, but Casey removed all doubt in the 4th period with a 21-11 blitz.
Okaw started out offline, missing 5-of-6 foul shots in the 1st quarter. Cameron Sharp made one. Elia Hagerman and Kadan Miller had solo buckets and that was it.
Casey rolled with four scores from Jackson Hills alone for 8 points in the 1st.Will Hosselton scored and Noah Livingston got to the line twice, making 3-of-4, then made a 3-pointer and was fouled. He converted the 4-point play at the line for 7 points early.
Okaw was down by a dozen right off the bat. However, they won the 2nd period, even if only cutting the half-time deficit down to 11. Cale Roley, who stepped up in this game as one of Okaw Valley’s leading scorers, scored twice in the 2nd.
Five more T’Wolves scored in the quarter. Sharp, Hagerman, Miller, Tyson Montgomery and Luke VanderBurgh all had a solo two for 14 Okaw points.
Casey had 13 points in the period. Dawson Dallape got on the board with a deuce, a trey and a deuce. Hosselton had a two and 1-of-2 at the line. Colin Branson also got on the board with a trey. Livingston and Hills didn’t score in the 2nd. Casey was up at the half, 30-19.
Okaw Valley won the 3rd quarter, as well. Again, they just clipped Casey by a point. Still, they were able to cut the deficit to 10 to start the final 8:00.
Cole Nichols scored and Sharp split a pair at the line. Montgomery made 1-of-2 foul shots, then a 3-point play, in the 7-6 run.
Dallape connected for Casey from the arc once in the 3rd. Hills mad a bucket and 1-of-2 at the line. Okaw needed to hold Casey back in the 4th and make up the difference. Neither happened.
Casey exploded for a 21-11 run to finish the game and Okaw’s 20-win season. Hills made a 3-point play and scored two more times for 7 points. Livingston scored three times from the floor late and made 3-of-3 free throws for 9 points. Trey Huisinga had a deuce and Hosselton finished with 1-of-2 free throws.
Okaw Valley wrapped their season with 11 points down the stretch. Roley made a two, then a triple Montgomery scored and added 1-of-2 free throws. VanderBurgh made both his free throws late and Nichols made 1-of-2. Sharp fouled out in the 4th.
Montgomery and Roley led Okaw Valley with 9 points each. Roley had four buckets (1-3) and Montgomery had 3 baskets and was 3-of-5 at the line. Casey had there players in double figures.
Hills led all scorers with 18 points on 8 buckets and 2-of-3 foul shooting. Livingston followed with 16 on 4 scores 91-3) and 7-of-9 at the line. Dallape had a dozen on 2 twos, 2 treys, and 2-of-2 at the stripe.
Casey made 20 field goals, four from the arc, for 44 points. Okaw made 14 baskets, one from the arc, for 29 points. Both teams shot about the same number of free throws. Casey was 13-of-18 at the line and Okaw 8-of-19.
Casey will play St. Anthony in the Casey 1A Sectional semifinal on Wednesday at 6 p.m.. The other semi features Central A&M v. Altamont on Tuesday at 7 p.m.