Edgewood-Colesburg picked up a solid Tri-Rivers Conference win at Maquoketa Valley, Feb. 9, defeating the Wildcats, 59-35, in Delhi. The Vikings bounced back from a Feb. 6 loss to Springville and improved to 14-4 on the season, while MV dropped to 10-10.
Ed-Co — in a similar fashion to their earlier game with the Wildcats — jumped out to an early lead and were on top 18-9 after a quarter.
Viking coach Justin Olind liked the way his team came out of the gate.
“I was really happy with the consistent effort and focus that we played with,” Olind said. “Maquoketa Valley is very disciplined both offensively and defensively so we knew we had to have the right energy to go to Delhi and get a win.”
The Wildcats focused on controlling the tempo to stay in the game, according to MV coach Eric Conner.
“Coming into the game we wanted to work hard defensively and make it tough for Ed-Co to score by forcing them into long possessions on offense and making them take uncomfortable shots,” said Conner. “I thought we executed that game plan very well. We got into a little bit of an offensive lull midway through the first quarter and allowed them to build a lead.”
It was a tight quarter two with Ed-Co outscoring MV 11-10 giving the Wildcats some momentum going into the half down 29-19.
“I was proud of the way our guys didn’t give up and battled back,” Conner said.
Ed-Co adjusted well to Maquoketa Valley’s plan to limit touches for Parker Rochford and Jack Wiskus, who torched the Wildcats in the previous meeting.
“I felt we really moved the ball well on offense and got great team shots,” Olind said. “We ended up having 19 assists in 24 made field goals which showed how well we shared the ball.”
The Vikings stretched the lead to 45-28 after three, and cruised to the 24-point win on the strength of 52% shooting from the field while turning the ball over only five times.
It was the kind of all-around effort by the Vikings that Olind wants to see in a rivalry matchup.
“Defensively, we knew we really had to get to their shooters as they can really get it going from the outside,” Olind added. “The guys did a great job of challenging their shots and defending as a team.”
Conner liked the effort from his team defensively, and looks to find an offensive spark heading to the tournament season.
“You have to give Ed-Co credit for how the other guys around Rochford and Wiskus stepped up and made the shots that were presented to them,” said Conner. “We met our goal of keeping them under 60 points, but just couldn’t ever get into a rhythm offensively and it was a struggle for us all night. Overall, I thought our guys showed fight through the whole game and you can’t ask any more than that as a coach.”
Ed-Co’s leaders were: scoring — Korey Putz 12, Mason Ashline 10, Wiskus nine, Rochford eight, Konner Putz and Westin Rowcliffe six, Kody Hoeger five, Quintin Hess three; three-point goals — Rochford two, Wiskus, Korey Putz, Hess and Hoeger one; rebounds — Ashline seven, Rochford five, Wiskus three, Konner Putz and Korey Putz two, Hess, Hoeger, Ethan Staner, Rowcliffe, Kiernan Hansel and Jake Jones one; assists — Rochford, Konner Putz and Korey Putz four, Ashline and Hess two, Rowcliffe and Carson Knipper one; steals — Rochford and Ashline two, Wiskus, Hess and Rowcliffe one; team shooting — 24-of-26 (52.2%); team free throws — 5-of-5 (100%); turnovers — five.
Maquoketa Valley’s leaders were: scoring — Andrew Holtz 12, Owen Mensen six, Avery Holtz five, Jacorrey Wallace four, AJ Ambundo and Lucas Orcutt three, Andrew Hildebrand two; three-point goals — Mensen two, Avery Holtz, Ambundo, Andrew Holtz and Orcutt one; rebounds — Avery Holtz, Andrew Holtz and Orcutt four, Ambundo and Wallace three, Miguel Bojorquez two; assists — Avery Holtz five, Andrew Holtz three, Mensen two, Ambundo and Mitch Heims one; steals — Avery Holtz and Andrew Holtz two, Orcutt one; team shooting — 13-of-33 (39.4%); team free throws — 3-of-3 (100%), turnovers — 12.