(Rosendale) – The Nodaway Valley women’s basketball team took an early lead and never looked back as they beat Albany in dominant fashion and prepared for a district semifinal 16 next week.
The Nodaway Valley Thunder (17-9) flexed their offensive muscles on Saturday morning, quickly taking a 20-7 lead late in the first quarter over the Albany Warriors (0-22), and never looked back. back as they would ride to a 66-24 victory.
“I think it’s a good win for our girls, I don’t know how far you have to go especially for the West Nodaway girls to find a district win, so it’s a good win for us,” said Nodaway Valley head coach Mitch. Barnes told KMA Sports.
The team’s only senior starter, forward Kloe Jenkins, would dominate low and total 16 points throughout the first half as the Thunder mustered a 6-0 run to start the second and close the half. -time with another 7-2 Course.
“I felt like I started off a bit slow today, just because it’s a Saturday morning, but halfway through the first quarter it was, ‘let’s go, we figured it out. ‘” Jenkins said.
“Kloe is one of our seniors, and in fact the only senior who has started for us, and the whole year has come to play ball and the last two games she has come and given all the effort she a,” Barnes said. “She’s sort of our vocal leader and we appreciate her attitude.”
After establishing a 33-15 halftime lead, the Thunder would continue to rain down the points and use a 22-6 third period to pull back and regroup defensively. Meanwhile, the basket remained ice cold for the Warriors outside of a pair of three-pointers from Addison Crawford.
“We tried to work hard, slide our feet and play good team defense,” Barnes said.
The Thunder would then use an 11-2 final quarter to freeze the game and claim their District 16 quarterfinal win. Jenkins finished the night with 20 points, 10 rebounds and four steals, while the forward Freshman Ava Graham joined her in double digits with 11 points and five rebounds. Additionally, Paige Hanson would participate with six points, while Paidyn and Riley Linville finished with four apiece. Also of note, all 11 Nodaway Valley girls who performed fell in at least one bucket.
With the win, they will face North Andrew on Tuesday.
“They’ve had a good run, I think they’ve struggled a bit lately, we’ve watched a lot of movies about them,” Barnes said. “If we come in and do the little things consistently that we know we are capable of doing, I think it will be a good ball game and we will be able to compete.”
Meanwhile, Crawford paced the Warriors with nine points, coming from three shots from deep, while Keylee Siddens contributed with seven, and Abigial Troncin, who fouled in the second quarter, finished with six.
You can watch the full video interviews with Kloe Jenkins and head coach Mitch Barnes below.