Westby hosted its annual holiday tournament Dec 28-29. Teams participating included Bangor, Lancaster, Kickapoo and Westby. Bangor won the tournament defeating Lancaster in the semifinals and Kickapoo in the championship, while the Norsemen lost to Kickapoo and Lancaster.
Kickapoo 56, Westby 45
The Norsemen (2-6) weren’t able to overcome a 15-point first half as Kickapoo (7-1) used 20 points from Jalen Alexander and 16 from Colton Sevede to power past Westby 56-45.
Westby struggled offensively all night missing from outside and inside converting only 14 of its 48 attempted baskets (29 percent). Westby attempted 18 shots from long range, but drained only a handful (27 percent). Alex Gluch led Westby with 15 and was the only Norsemen to hit double digits.
After the game, Westby’s Head Coach Bob Constalie said the shooting stats pretty much sum up the game. We need to shoot the ball better and force more perimeter shots on the defensive end of the floor.
“We are a very young team and we have a lot of areas where we can improve,” Constalie said.
Kickapoo only scored three points from outside, but shot a solid 57 percent inside downing 22 of its 38 overall attempts. Kickapoo its height inside the lane. The Panthers utilized its height inside to secure shots and took advantage of Westby turnovers (11) to add cushion its lead.
The Norsemen spent plenty of time at the charity stripe where they kept the game in range hitting 12 of its 16 attempts (75 percent), but fouls sent the Panthers to the line as well where they were 11 for 15.
Westby spread the scoring between eight players. For Westby: Alex Gluch 15, DaVontae Spears 7, Grant Dayton 5, Sam Strangstalien 4, Joe Armbruster 4, Ryan Daines 4, Hunter Ward 3, Griffin Grass 3.
Bangor defeated Lancaster 78-57 in the first game of the holiday tournament.
Lancaster 57, Westby 42
After being tied 24-all at halftime of the tournament consolation game, the Norsemen (2-7) lost ground after the break when the Flying Arrows took aim from long range downing seven 3-point baskets in the second half, including three straight by Lancaster senior Evan Gates to take control of the game, falling 57-42.
Constalie said Westby played a good first half, but when Lancaster got hot from outside in the second half they pulled away.
Lancaster was led by Dawson Bowen with 19 points, followed by Evan Gates with 18. Bowen was 5 for 9 from long range, while Gates was 4 for 7, accounting for 27 of the team’s entire points in the game.
Griffin Grass came off the bench to spark the Westby offense hitting four 3-pointers in the first half. Grass was 4 for 7 from outside and led the team with 12 points.
Owen Gluch had a solid second half offensively hitting double digits with 10 points for the Norsemen and Grant Dayton also come on strong with nine points in the game.
Turnovers have been an issue for the young Norsemen team who coughed up the ball 14 times, twice as many as Lancaster.
Westby also struggled to put up points in the second half with 18, compared to 33 points for the Flying Arrows. The Norsemen made 18 of its 39 shots attempted (46 percent), were 6 for 18 from long range (33 percent) and in a game with few fouls never made it to the charity stripe.
For Westby: Griffin Grass 12, Alex Gluch 10, Grant Dayton 9, Sam Strangstalien 5, Devin Nelson 4,and Alec Meurer 2.
“Our kids played hard the entire game and I am happy with the effort we gave. We shot the ball better tonight than we did against Kickapoo, but unfortunately we committed way too many turnovers,” Constalie said.
In the tournament championship game, Bangor defeated Kickapoo 74-39.
The Norsemen traveled to Royall on Jan. 2 and return to Coulee Conference action hosting Viroqua on Friday, Jan. 5.
WESTBY BOYS TOURNEY DAY 1
KICKAPOO 56, WESTBY 45
Kickapoo 23 33—56
Westby 15 30—45
KICKAPOO: Wyley Wagner 2, Owen Kaufman 6, Scott Turgeson 4, Colton Sevede 16, Jalen Alexander 20, Wyatt Davis 8.
WESTBY (2-6): Sam Strangstalien 4, Hunter Ward 3, Griffin Grass 3, Alex Gluch 15, DaVante Spears 7, Grant Dayton 5, Joe Armbruster 4, Ryan Daines 4.
BANGOR 78, LANCASTER 57
Lancaster 28 29—57
Bangor 39 39—78
LANCASTER (4-3): Dawson Bowen 4, Hayden Knap 5, Evan Gates 4, Austin Mumm 10, Jordan Reuter 6, Jalen Schmitz 12, Nate Timmerman 16.
BANGOR (5-0): Caleb Miedema 15, Trevor Jones 2, Ethan Jacobson 1, Drew Johnson 9, Theo Muellenberg 3, Luke Reader 25, Hank Reader 2, Cade Amborn 4, Grant Manke 11, Zane Langrehr 2, Garrett Krueger 4.
DAY 2 FINALS
LANCASTER 57, WESTBY 42
Westby 24 18 — 42
Lancaster 24 33 — 57
LANCASTER: Dawson Bowen 19, Evan Gates 18, Jordan Rueter 3, Jalen Schmidt 8, Nate Timmerman 9.
WESTBY: Sam Strangstalien 5, Alec Meurer 2, Griffin Grass 12, Alex Gluch 10, Grant Dayton 9, Devin Nelson 4.
BANGOR 74, KICKAPOO 39
Bangor 38 36 — 74
Kickapoo 22 17 — 39
BANGOR (6-0): Caleb Miedema 14, Trevor Jones 4, Ethan Jacobson 2, Drew Johnson 13, Theo Muellenberg 5, Jaymeson Freit 2, Luke Reader 7, Hank Reader 4, Cade Amborn 6, Grant Manke 11, Zane Langrehr 4, Garrett Krueger 2.
KICKAPOO (8-3): Wyley Wagner 2, Owen Cauffman 5, Scott Turgasen 3, Colton Sevede 14, Jalen Alexander 11, Wyatt Davis 4.\