The Westby girls basketball team returned to Coulee Conference action on Jan. 4 at Viroqua where they picked up the 40-31 win.
Head Coach Brian Huebner said Westby played better offensively then they have been and he hopes changes to the starting lineups and rotations will lend itself to overall better performances the rest of the season.
Senior Kiarra Keenlance had a very productive game and really set a nice tone for the team with a rare four point play after she was fouled while shooting from long range, drained the shot and aced the free throw. She finished the game with 11 points.
“Kiarra’s four points put Westby up by six and we never lost the lead after she set the tone,” Huebner said.
Westby led by 10 points on three different occasions, but Viroqua clawed back and closed the game to four points with four minutes left in game (34-30).
“At this point it felt like we were struggling with overall confidence,” Huebner said.
As the minutes ticked away both teams put up points, but Westby used a better than average late performance at the charity stripe to widen the gap after Viroqua was forced to foul the Norse to get the ball back in their hands with time left on the clock.
The Norse shot 42 percent overall hitting 48 percent of its shots from the two point range and 25 percent from long range. Kenzie Von Ruden led Westby with 12 points. Viroqua was led by Claire Anderson with 11 and Natalie Waldenburger with 8.
The Westby JV led 18-13 early in second half and won 52-15, after dominating the second half.
Huebner said the coaches have been experimenting with changes to the lineups and the changes seemed to be effective. He said all the seniors performed well and Lexi Crume had an excellent defensive showing. He added that freshman, Macy Stellner and Grace Hebel, both got plenty of valuable time on the court too.
“We are looking for consistency and we hope the changes we implement will make that happen as we move forward in the season,” Huebner said.
Westby hosted West Salem in Coulee Conference action on Jan. 9 and Royall on Jan. 15.
When the Norse host Royall they will be having a “Throwback Night.” Both varsity teams will be wearing uniforms from 1990’s and Westby History Alive Inc. Project will have a special 1914 Westby girls basketball replica uniform on display. Information will also be provided on the history of girls basketball and at halftime the seventh grade girls team will demonstrate how the sport has changed over time.