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MV’s Avery Holtz lays in a basket against Central City, Dec. 21.

Maquoketa Valley defeated Central City in Tri-Rivers Conference boys’ basketball action, 65-37, at Delhi, Dec. 21. With the win, MV goes into break 5-3.

The Wildcats led 14-6 at the quarter and 33-18 at halftime. Despite the lead, coach Eric Conner said his team needed a better effort on defense.

“We weren’t great on the defensive end and weren’t doing the things we work on. We had to focus on that in the second half and did a much better job.”

Maquoketa Valley had three players in double figures — Lucas Orcutt with 19 points, Avery Holtz 16 and Kody Hoeger 13.

Conner said the win sends a positive message heading into the break.

“I can’t say enough about the extra pep a win gives everyone. The attitude of going into a break after a win is good for both coaches and players.”

Other statistical leaders for Maquoketa Valley were: points — Brock Trenkamp six, TJ Cook four, Lance McShane and Noah DeVore two and Brock Daack one; rebounds — Trenkamp nine, McShane seven, Orcutt and Hoeger five, Cook and Daack three, Toby Grimm and Landen Deutmeyer two, Holtz and DeVore one; assists — Holtz four, McShane two, Grimm, Orcutt and Trenkamp one; steals — Holtz five, TJ Cook four, Grimm, Deutmeyer and McShane one.