The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

High School Sports

February 28, 2014

Hawks dig deep

(Continued)

CLARENCE —

They did just that.

Springville closed within 43-41 on a 3-point basket by Pauly (11 points) with 5:31 left in the fourth quarter, but Craiton Andresen saw an open lane to the basket at the other end and drove in for a layup, then Zaruba made a steal in the backcourt and hit a layup seconds later.

The Orioles never got closer than four after that, and Easton Valley widened the final margin to double digits.

"Our kids are just competitors," Beck said. "Chase is just an incredible competitor. He just hates to lose. This is about the third game this year where he's just turned it on down the stretch to help us get through the top spots. I just can't say enough about our effort."

Zaruba carried Easton Valley's offense much of the night. He scored a game-high 30 points that included six 3-point baskets.

He had a hand in all the points early as the River Hawks built a 10-2 lead. He opened the scoring with a 3-pointer, scored two more off a steal, assisted on a Wilhelm basket and buried another 3-pointer to make it 10-2 with 3:18 left in the opening period.

The River Hawks struggled after that, though.

Springville ended the quarter on a 9-0 run to go ahead. Easton Valley fought back in the second quarter, pulling even on a three-point play by Wilhelm and taking the lead on a 3-pointer by Zaruba. The River Hawks went to the locker room ahead 22-21, with Zaruba (13 points) and Wilhelm (9) doing all the scoring.

"It was kind of a rough first half," Wilhelm said. "We didn't play the way we should have."

The third quarter went back and forth until the late flurry.

A rebound shot by Nissen tied the game at 25, but a pair of free throws by Zaruba put Easton Valley back on top. Nissen scored on a press breaker to tie it again, but a 3-pointer by Jarod Lee put the River Hawks ahead again. Springville scored the next five points, including a 3-pointer by Pauly that put the Orioles ahead again. Then, after Zaruba hit a tying putback, Pauly hit from the free-throw line to give the Orioles their last lead at 34-32.

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