Elkhorn Valley and Elgin Public/Pope John fans got all the excitement they wanted and more on Tuesday night when the two teams clashed in Tilden.
In a battle of two of the best teams in the area, the Lady Wolfpack and Falcons went shot-for-shot for three quarters, entering the final frame with Elkhorn Valley leading 35-31. However, in the fourth quarter, EPPJ put in an effort for the ages to secure the win, going on a 25-3 run to take the victory 56-38.
Lydia Behnk led that Wolfpack attack with 14 points. Allyson Wemhoff added 13 and Paige Meis and Calli Krebs each put in 12. Meis completed the double-double by adding 11 rebounds, a feat Behnk nearly duplicated with eight rebounds of her own.
Elkhorn Valley was led by juniors Hannah Ollendick and Sierra Rystrom. Ollendick finished with a team-high 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting while Rystrom finished with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The boys was equally as exciting, as both squads entered the night looking for their first win of the year. Each team took their turn at the lead, with EPPJ leading 18-12 after one and 23-21 at the break. However, it was a third quarter surge from Elkhorn Valley that sent them into the final frame ahead 37-24, which was enough for them to hold on for a 48-43 win.
The first Falcon win came thanks to the efforts of seniors Brayden Effle and Kalen Dittrich. Effle led the Falcons with 17 points and nine rebounds while Dittrich added 10 points. Julio Sierra was a force in the middle, finishing with three blocks to go with his game-high 15 rebounds.
The Wolfpack got another outstanding performance from Ashton Evans, who hit five three-pointers as part of his 21 points, the only Wolfpack player in double figures. Adam Dreger added six points and six rebounds and Kyle Schumacher had five points of his own.