Zach Goedeke scored the first four points for the Valders boys basketball team on Tuesday and finished with a team-high 14 as the host Vikings earned a 49-42 win over Reedsville.
Early on Goedeke scored almost at will, scoring eight of his team’s 15 first-quarter points as Valders (2-0, 1-0 Olympian Conference) held a 15-7 advantage after the first frame.
Also making his presence felt early for the Vikings was Forest Fenlon who scored five points in the first quarter, including a 3-pointer as Valders built an early lead.
Fenlon finished with nine points along with teammate Marc Bauer who also had nine.
Reedsville (1-2, 0-1 OC), meanwhile, did its best to keep pace with Goedeke and Fenlon as Brock Gilsdorf led all scorers with 17 points for the Panthers.
Valders extended its lead in the second quarter to a 31-14 cushion heading into halftime.
With not much working for Reedsville offensively, the Panthers tried to work the ball inside but the Vikings came prepared, stopping almost every attempt Reedsville made in the paint. This forced the Panthers to shoot from the outside, with not many shots falling.
Gilsdorf controlled the third quarter, seemingly almost willing Reedsville back into the game. The Panthers trimmed the deficit to as little as 10 before Valders extended its lead to 41-27 after three quarters.
Reedsville wouldn’t be deterred.
A 3-pointer by Zach Laabs got the Panthers within single digits, another basket by Laabs moments later pulled Reedsville within six, 45-39, after trailing by as many as 22 in the third quarter.
Coming out of nowhere, Laabs scored all of his seven points in the fourth quarter to get the Panthers within five with just over two minutes remaining.
Holding a tentative four-point lead, Valders got two crucial rebounds by Fenlon, who made three game-clinching free-throws to help the Vikings hold on.
Reedsville and Valders each return to action on Thursday, with the Panthers getting a chance at redemption at Brillion while Valders will look to remain undefeated against visiting St. Mary Central.
Brett Dvorachek 2, Brock Gilsdorf 17, Bryler Kiekhaefer 8, Zach Laabs 7, Cody Schamburek 5, Bryce Wenzel 3.
Marc Bauer 9, Forrest Fenlon 9, Zack Goedeke 14, Dayton Goehring 2, Ryan Jirschele 7, Thomas Schwoerer 8.
3-Point Goals – Reedsville 4 (Gilsdorf 1, Kiekhaefer 1, Laabs 1, Schamburek 1), Valders 3 ( Bauer 1, Fenlon 1, Schwoerer 1), Total Fouls – Reedsville 15, Valders 11.
Brillion 74, Mishicot 27
Mishicot trailed 20-2 after the first quarter and never recovered in the home loss.
Derek Hlinak led the Indians eight points as Mishicot shot 20 percent on the night. The Indians made three 3-pointers in the game and were 6-of-8 from the free throw line.
Manitowoc Lutheran 51, Hilbert 44
Despite scoring only three points in the first quarter, Lutheran (3-0, 1-0 OC) earned the road win as Jared Muench led the Lancers with 16 points while teammate Garrett Buch added 11.
No other information was provided to the Herald Times Reporter as of press deadline.
Lutheran hosts Wrightstown on Thursday.