Grand Valley sweeps Norwood |

Grand Valley sweeps Norwood

NORWOOD ” The Grand Valley girls basketball earned its second win of the year in six games by downing the Norwood Mavericks 40-32 here on Saturday.

The Cardinals and Mavs battled to a 21-all tie at halftime. And with some key Grand Valley players on the bench due to foul trouble to start the third quarter, Norwood ran out to a 30-24 lead at the end of the period.

Grand Valley starters Holly Steltzlen, Julianne Jones and Jessica Cielatka returned to action in the fourth period, and promptly pounded away at the deficit.

Steltzlen’s free throw tied the game at 32-all with 4 minutes, 44 seconds left. Jones threw in two unanswered baskets with Steltzlen, Jamie Vance and Cielatka adding free throws for the final outcome.

Steltzlen led all Grand Valley scorers with 12 points, Jones added 9, and Cielatka had 8.

Boys earn 73-45 win

It was raining 3-pointers in the boys game.

Grand Valley connected on 11 treys on the night in a 73-45 runaway over Norwood.

The win raised the Cardinals’ record to 5-2 at the holiday break.

Senior Chris Johnson and freshman Sam McKinley combined for 16 of the Cardinals’ 18 points in the first quarter to open a 18-4 lead. McKinley also hit three of the six 3-pointers he had in the game in the opening frame, en route to a 23-point effort.

Johnson added 14 and reserve Shane Tindell scored 13 points.

After the Cardinals built a 36-16 advantage at halftime, Grand Valley coach Scott Kiburis turned the game over to his bench.

In the second half, Cardinal subs making the scoring column included freshmen Luke Braby and Richard Gallegos and junior Dylan Lindauer.

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