Charter Oak-Ute and River Valley split a pair of nonconference basketball games on Monday night at Correctionville.
In the opener, the River Valley girls managed a 44-43 victory with a pair of free throws with three seconds remaining.
In the nightcap, CO-U’s Jesse Hupp and Hunter Clausen both posted double-doubles, as the Bobcats won for the fourth time in five games with a 61-50 triumph over the host Wolverines.
Tuesday’s one-point setback was the second loss in a row for CO-U, which fell to 5-4 overall on the season.
The Lady Bobcats, up 36-33 to start the fourth quarter, led 43-42 late when River Valley’s Makenna Thomas sank two free throws with only three seconds left on the clock for the win.
Thomas was 6-of-8 at the foul line and scored 20 points to lead River Valley. She accounted for all of her team’s trips to the charity stripe.
CO-U, on the other hand, was just 6-of-17 at the foul line and turned the ball over 27 times on the night.
"Throughout the game, we seemed to just miss a lot of good shots we usually make. We left a lot of points out there with turning the ball over 27 times and making only six of our 17 free throws," commented Charter Oak-Ute coach Derek Dougherty.
Casey Carstens tied RV’s Thomas for game-scoring honors with 20 points. She completed a double-double with 13 rebounds to go with two assists.
Taya Thomas added seven points, seven assists, five boards and three steals. Caylie Boyle also had seven points, four boards, four shot blocks, three steals and two assists.
HaiLee Dobernecker contributed four points, nine boards and three steals. Jennifer Stallons had three points, four boards and two steals.
"It was a nonconference game you would obviously like to win, but we just have to let it go, learn from our mistakes and move on," Dougherty said.
Leading by only four points after three quarters at 44-40, CO-U outscored River Valley 17-10 over the final eight minutes to leave town with a win, which moved the Bobcats to .500 on the season at 4-4 overall.
Leading the way for CO-U were Hupp (24 points, 11 boards) and Clausen (18 points, 11 boards), as the Bobcats shot 50 percent from the field after making 26-of-51 attempts on the night.
Caleb Clemons also hit in double figures for CO-U with 15 points, adding four boards and three steals.
Spencer Gress had three points, five boards and five assists for Trent Lally’s club, which outrebounded the Wolverines by a 36-25 margin.
Luke Staley netted just one point for CO-U, but the junior grabbed five boards and handed out nine assists.
"It was a good outing for the Bobcats. The game started out even, but then we had a little run in the second quarter to go into halftime up seven," commented Lally.
"River Valley came out ready in the third, but the Bobcats hung right with them. We outscored them 17-10 to finish them off in the fourth," he added.