The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

High School Sports

February 28, 2014

Hawks dig deep

(Continued)

CLARENCE —

The victory left the River Hawks one win away from a trip to Des Moines for the state tournament. They face Danville on Saturday night at Iowa City West High School in the substate final.

"We just need to keep playing like we're playing and make it to the state tournament," Wilhelm said. "That's our goal."

The goal got a little closer Thursday when Easton Valley beat Springville (22-2) for the second time this season. The River Hawks (20-2) took control in dramatic fashion after Wilhelm's fourth foul. They simply pulled him out on the perimeter.

"That was the game plan at the time because they were packing it in there tight," Zaruba said. "They were guarding him tight, so we couldn't get him the ball and post him up, so we had to try something different."

Beck said: "Moving Logan outside with his foul situation — we shoot threes every day; he's a very good three-point shooter. I had a lot of faith in him. That's why I put him out there. Until the kid actually proves it in a game, you never know, but I was pretty sure we'd be OK with him out there."

It didn't take long for assurance.

Following a timeout, Wilhelm, who finished with 19 points, dropped in a 3-pointer from right of the top of the key with 1:20 left in the third quarter to put Easton Valley ahead to stay, 35-34. Zaruba added another one from the right corner with 49 seconds left and completed the strong finish to the quarter with another from the right wing with 12 seconds left.

"Big shots," Zaruba said. "I could definitely feel (momentum) swinging. It was a really good feeling, but the game still wasn't over. We still had to keep the pressure on, play good D and knock our free throws down at the end."

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