Cats pounce on Spartans, then control rest of the way

Doug Boock
Galva’s Kile Mott (raised hands) and Tauge Rux move in on Ridgewood’s Tyler Nimrick to apply defensive pressure during Tuesday’s 69-54 Wildcat win.

Starting quickly out of blocks, Galva jumped to a 20-7 lead after one quarter and then controlled the game the rest of the way to pick up a 69-54 win over Ridgewood in Woodhull on Tuesday night.

“Before the game, we coaches emphasized to our kids the importance of a good start on the road in conference play and our kids put that advice to good use,” Galva Coach Clay Haurberg said. “Getting a 13-point cushion after one quarter allowed us to settle in to a rhythm on offense and enabled us to really focus on playing solid defense, which we did for three quarters.”

The Cats (5-13 and 2-2), led 32-15 at halftime, and displayed good ball movement most of the night to down the Spartans.

The win came three days after the Wildcats ran into a buzz-saw in Kewanee, where they fell to the Boilermakers 78-55.

“We were overwhelmed by their athleticism,” Haurberg conceded of his team, which plays several underclassmen.

The hosts burst to a 24-11 lead after just one quarter and stretched that to 43-19 at halftime. From there, the Boilers sailed.

For the rest of the recaps of Galva's games against Ridgewood and Kewanee, see the Jan. 28 Galva News.