The Westby girls basketball team continued its Coulee Conference action hosting Arcadia on Dec. 12 and G-E-T on Friday, Dec. 15. The Norse fell to Arcadia 47-42 and G-E-T 59-34.
The Norse continue to struggle with turnovers, communication, consistency, and accuracy at the charity stripe, something Head Coach Brian Huebner said the girls will be working to improve over the holiday break.
Arcadia 47, Westby 42
Westby started out strong against Arcadia holding a 25-17 lead at the break, but were outscored 30-17 by the Raiders in the second half of action. Huebner said he felt the Norse were in position to win the game until late in the second half when Westby rushed shots, didn’t handle the full court defensive pressure, with 13 turnovers, and were ineffective at the free throw line.
Arcadia appeared more disciplined and able to efficiently move the ball and draw out final possessions to put up points, which was our demise in the end,” Huebner said.
Huebner said he was disappointed Westby could not finish with a win in a game that should have ended with the Norse on top.
Westby downed 14 of its 38 shots for an overall average of 36.8 percent. The Norse were led by senior Kenzie Von Ruden who played a solid game with 17 points and Lexi Crume hit double digits with 10. Also putting up points for the Norse: Josie Bishop 7, Miranda DelMedico 4, Alayna Winterfield 2, and Grace Hebel 2.
Linzy Sendelbach and Chloe Halverson each put up 12 points for Arcadia.
ARCADIA 47, WESTBY 42
Arcadia 17 30 — 47
Westby 25 17 — 42
ARCADIA (4-2, 2-1): Mercedes Romo 5, Chloe Halverson 12, Abby Suchla 2, Ellie Hoesley 7, Hannah Suchla 4, Nicole Madden 5, Linzy Sendelbach 12.
WESTBY (3-4, 1-1): Lexi Crume 10, Kenzie Von Ruden 17, Miranda DelMedico 4, Josie Bishop 7, Layna Winterfield 2, Grace Hebel 2.
G-E-T 59, Westby 34
Junior Lexi Wagner made four 3-pointers, scored 25 points surpassing 1,000 points for her career as the Red Hawks (7-1, 4-0) downed the Norse to remain tied for first place in the Coulee Conference with West Salem.
Westby only managed to put up 14 points in the first half half and 20 in the second half, while Wagner scored 18 points alone for the Red Hawks in the second half, and G-E-T teammate Olivia Zielke scored nine of her 11 total team points in the first half.
The Norse spread its scoring across 11 players, with no one hitting double digits. Kenzie Von Ruden led the team with seven and Kiarra Keenlance had six. Rounding out the scoring for the Norse: Lexi Crume 2, Macy Stellner 3, Miranda Del Medico 3, Molly Stenslien 4, Josi Bishop 3, Alayna Winterfield 2, Claire Griffin 1, Grace Hebel 4.
Huebner said G-E-T is a very talented ball club and Westby needed to play close to error free basketball if they had a chance to win.
Instead Westby committed 25 turnovers and made some fundamental defensive errors on items Huebner said the team had identified as being keys to winning the game.
With Westby starters not connecting as Huebner was hoping the door opened for some of sophomores and freshmen players to gain valuable court time.
“Claire Griffin was a huge surprise with her six minutes of very solid basketball,” Huebner said.
Westby shot 36 percent overall, but did improve its free throw percentage to 58 percent.
“It was a tough way to end the week, but we will get better and move forward,” Huebner said.
The Norse host Prairie du Chien in non-conference action on Dec. 19 before breaking for the holiday. Westby will participate in the annual Bangor Holiday Tournament, Dec. 27-28.
G-E-T 59, WESTBY 34
G-E-T 26 33 — 59
Westby 14 20 — 34
G-E-T (7-1, 4-0): Kate Kulas 4, Madison Schmidt 2, Macy Doerr 3, Cassy Schmitz 2, Elise Higley 1, Molly Schmitz 9, Alexa Hammond 2, Lexi Wagner 25, Olivia Zielke 11.
WESTBY (3-5, 1-2): Lexi Crume 2, Macy Stellner 3, Kiarra Keenlance 6, Kenzie Von Ruden 7, Miranda Del Medico 3, Molly Stenslien 4, Josi Bishop 3, Alayna Winterfield 2, Claire Griffin 1, Grace Hebel 4.