The Westby girls basketball team lost a pair of Coulee Conference games last week. On Jan 30, they traveled to Arcadia and on Feb 1 they were at GET.
Then on Feb 8, the Norse hosted Viroqua and held Pink Night the team’s cancer awareness game. Results from the Viroqua game were not available at press time.
Arcadia 41, Westby 29
A couple of the Lady Norse were under the weather when they traveled to Arcadia on Jan. 30. Both Grace Hebel and Macy Stellner, two key bench players for Westby, missed the game as Arcadia won 41-29.
Westby only trailed by two points at the break, 15-13, but lost the handle in the second half allowing the Raiders to score 26 points to 16 for the Norse.
Arcadia sophomore forward Lindsey Sendelbach scored eight of her game-high 14 points in the second half as the Raiders (10-6, 6-3) broke open what was a close game. Annika Anderson and Abby Suchla added eight points each for Arcadia.
Head Coach Brian Huebner said the defense played well, but failed to rebound with any consistency. He said the team had limited opportunities to score, but didn’t take advantage of the chances they did have.
Westby managed to cut the lead to four points in the final four minutes, but couldn’t generate enough offense to get the job done.
“We did not make the plays that winning basketball teams need to make,” Huebner said.
The Norse shot 32 percent overall hitting 34 percent from the two point range, 20 percent from long range and 67 percent from the free throw line. Westby had no players in double digits and were led by Kiarra Keenlance with six. Also for Westby (6-11, 4-4): Kenzie VonRuden 5, Miranda DelMedico 5, Josie Bishop 5, Lexi Crume 4, Kennedy Ornes 2 and McKenna Manske 2.
GET 60, Westby 34
The state-ranked Red Hawks (16-2, 10-0) took care of business early when Westby (6-12, 4-5) traveled to G-E-T on Thursday, Feb. 1.
G-E-T jumped out to a 20-point lead by halftime (27-7) on the strength of five 3-pointers by junior Lexi Wagner, who led G-E-T with 23 points. Meanwhile the Red Hawks defense shut down Westby’s offense only allowing seven points in the first 18 minutes of action.
Westby used a man-to-man defense the entire game, with tighter coverage in the second half, but it was too little, too late, to make a dent in G-E-T’s big lead. Westby put up 27 points in the second half and despite a stronger Norse defensive presence after the break the Red Hawks still scored 33 points in the second half.
The Norse shot 33 percent overall hitting 30 percent from the two point range, 44 percent from long range and 50 percent from the free throw line. Freshman Macy Stellner led Westby with 9 points, followed by Kenzie VonRuden 7, Lexi Crume 6, Josi Bishop 3, Kiarra Keelance 2, McKenna Manske 2, Miranda DelMedico 2, Alyanna Winterfield 2, and Molly Stenslien 1.
“G-E-T has a very good team and we knew that going in. Westby did not play well in the first half offensively, with only seven points on the board. We were just out matched,” Huebner said.
The Norse hosted Viroqua on Feb. 8, traveled to West Salem on Tuesday, Feb. 13 and finish out the regular season at Onalaska Luther on Friday, Feb 16.
ARCADIA 41, WESTBY 29
Westby 13 16 — 29
Arcadia 15 26 — 41
WESTBY (6-11, 4-4): Lexi Crume 4, Kiara Keenlance 6, Kenzie VonRuden 5, McKenna Manske 2, Miranda DelMedico 5, Josie Bishop 5, Kennedy Ornes 2.
ARCADIA (10-6, 6-3): Mercedes Romo 2, Chloe Halverson 6, Annika Anderson 8, Abby Suchla 8, Hannah Suchla 1, Nicole Madden 2, Lindsey Sendelbach 14.
G-E-T 60, WESTBY 34
Westby 7 27 — 34
G-E-T 27 33 — 60
WESTBY (6-12, 4-5): Lexi Crume 6, Macy Stellner 9, Kiarra Keelance 2, Kenzie VonRuden 7, McKenna Marske 2, Miranda DelMedico 2, Molly Stenslien 1, Josi Bishop 3, Alyanna Winterfield 2.
G-E-T (16-2, 10-0): Madison Schmidt 4, Macy Doerr 4, McKenna Vetsch 4, Cassy Schmitz 6, Molly Schmitz 5, Lexi Wagner 23, Olivia Zielke 5.