The Westby girls basketball team participated in the annual Bangor Holiday Tournament, Dec. 27-28.Teams participating included Westby, C-F-C, Stratford and Bangor. The Norse fell to Stratford on Dec. 27 and lost to Bangor on Dec. 28. Bangor won the tournament defeating C-F-C and Westby.
Head Coach Brian Huebner said Westby did not perform well at all offensively which is a great source of frustration for coaches and players.
“With only one practice in six days the Stratford game might have been like a holiday hangover. We obviously lost a great player in Chelsea Olson last season, but we are half way through this season and we have not found a reasonable offensive production,” Huebner said.
Stratford 28, Westby 15
The Stratford game is one the Norse would just as soon forget with an offensive display of only 15 points. Huebner said the team is struggling offensively, but to only put up 15 points is not acceptable at the varsity level.
Despite long offensive possessions and good shot opportunities in the lane Westby failed to convert. At the break the Norse only had five points on the scoreboard, but defensively had held Stratford to just 18 points, keeping the game within range to comeback in the second half.
The Norse doubled its efforts offensively in the second half with 10 points and defensively held Stratford to the same. Huebner said as bad as Westby played offensively in the Stratford game the gap was only six points early in second half.
“We had so few shot possessions and too many small detail mistakes and offensive failures cost us,” Huebner said.
Westby (3-6) shot 20 percent overall (7 of 35). For Westby: Kenzie VonRuden 4, Molly Stenslien 3, Macy Stellner 2, Kiarra Keenlance 2, Miranda Delmedico 2, Grace Hebel 2.
Bangor 54, Westby 20
Westby didn’t come out on the winning side when they faced Bangor in the second day of the tournament, but Huebner said he felt the team performed much better than they did against Stratford.
Bangor has a very solid team and Westby slowed down its offense from past performances, but failed to convert on its own offensive possessions allowing Bangor to pull away to a 54-20 win.
The Norse offense only managed 12 points before the break and eight in the second half. The Cardinals put up 30 points before the break and 24 in the second half.
“Against Bangor the point margin was not as close, but I never felt like Westby was being dominated by the Cardinals. The Norse had many nice open shot opportunities, but just failed to convert them which is what you need to do to win,” Huebner said.
Westby improved its shooting percentage to 25 percent overall, but raised its 2-point conversion shots to 35 percent. The Norse failed to convert any points from the charity stripe against Bangor.
For Westby: Kenzie Von Ruden 6, Lexi Crume 4, Josi Bishop 4, Kiarra Keenlance 2, Miranda Del Medico 2, Alayna Winterfield 2.
“We are half way through season and we are going to continue to work to improve as a program,” Huebner said.
Westby returned to Coulee Conference action on Jan. 4 at Viroqua and host West Salem on Jan. 9.
BANGOR TOURNEY DAY 1
STRATFORD 28, WESTBY 15
Stratford 18 10 — 28
Westby 5 10 — 15
STRATFORD (5-5): Callie Lahman 2, Taya Nett 7, Blair Lindner 4, Macie Schillinger 2, Chelsey Gliniecki 7, Kaylee Hollatz 6.
WESTBY (3-7): Macy Stellner 2, Kiarra Keenlance 2, Kenzie VonRuden 4, Miranda Delmedico 2, Molly Stenslien 3, Grace Hebel 2.
BANGOR 61, C-FC 49
C-FC 26 23 — 49
Bangor 25 36 — 61
COCHRANE-FOUNTAIN CITY (5-4): Lexi Schmidtknecht 11, Makenna Gabel 9, Karen Scharlau 7, Melani Skroch 6, Emily Rivers 3, Lexy Peterson 13.
BANGOR (7-2): Ashlie Lockington 4, Haylee Leonard 2, Alea Fortier 9, Elizabeth Nicolai 4, Emma Wittmershaus 21, Jaclynn Freit 17, Courtney Oesterlie 3, Trisha Jones 1
BANGOR TOURNEY DAY 2
BANGOR 54, WESTBY 20
Westby 12 8 — 20
Bangor 30 24 — 54
WESTBY (3-8): Lexi Crume 4, Kiarra Keenlance 2, Kenzie Von Ruden 6, Miranda Del Medico 2, Josi Bishop 4, Alayna Winterfield 2.
BANGOR (8-2): Ashlie Lockington 6, Haylee Leonard 3, Alea Fortier 2, Elizabeth Nicolai 4, Emma Wittmershaus 17, Jaclynn Freit 12, Courtney Osterlie 7, Trisha Jones 3.
C-FC 50, STRATFORD 39
C-FC 21 29 — 50
Stratford 14 25 — 39
C-FC (6-4): Lexi Schmidtknecht 11, McKenna Gabel 5, Karen Scharlau 8, Melani Skroch 7, Emily Rivers 5, Lexy Peterson 7, Dacotah Rollinger 5, Isabelle Ostrem 2.
STRATFORD (5-6): Taya Nett 4, Jadyn Dahlke 2, Maci Schillinger 5, Marah Zawislan 10, Chelsey Gliniecki 8, Kaylee Hollatz 3, Breanna Ackley 7.