The Westby girls basketball team hosted Prairie du Chien in non-conference action on Dec. 19 before breaking for the holiday. The Norse were down 27-17 at the break and fell 42-28 to the Blackhawks.
Head Coach Brian Huebner said the game was a tale of two halves, with Westby playing better early on and right after the break, but everything went south after the Blackhawks converted on three straight attempts in the second half at which point the team’s attitude changed and they defeated themselves.
“We struggled to run quality offense and for a period of time we did not perform well on either half of the court. We are having a difficult time with consistency and as season goes I think if we can strengthen this weakness we could be fine, but it a great source of frustration right now,” Huebner said.
The Norse were unable to defensively stop 6’2” junior Gabbie Richtie who scored 16 points for Prairie. Early in the second half, Richtie got hot and was hitting the mark from outside and inside the lane and freshman Ella Hager added eight points. Prairie pulled away after the break and the Norse just couldn’t complete plays to put points on the scoreboard didn’t handle Prairie’s full court pressure well.
Westby (3-5) shot 21 percent overall (7 of 33), with improved shooting from the charity stripe at 60 percent (12 of 20). Kenzie VonRuden led the way for Westby with 12 points. Also on the scoreboard for Westby: Macy Stellner 2, Kiarra Keenlance 4, Miranda DelMedico 5, Molly Stenslien 2, Josi Bishop 2, Alyana Winterfield 2.
Westby participated in the annual Bangor Holiday Tournament, Dec. 27-28, playing Stratford on Dec. 27. The return to Coulee Conference action on Jan. 4 at Viroqua.
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN 42, WESTBY 28
Prairie 27 15 – 42
Westby 17 11 — 28
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN (3-4): Abby Feye 2, Ella Hager 8, Molly Mason 5, Makenzie Knapp 4, Keya Welch 2, Macey Banasik 3, Gabby Ritchie 16, Hope Meyer 2.
WESTBY (3-5): Macy Stellner 2, Kiarra Keenlance 4, Kenzie VonRuden 12, Miranda DelMedico 5, Molly Stenslien 2, Josi Bishop 2, Alyana Winterfield 2.