The Westby girls basketball team continued its non-conference action traveling to Brookwood on Nov. 27 and Onalaska on Dec. 1, unfortunately the Norse dropped both games.
The team has working hard to find the right blend of players on the floor to make the Norse magic happen, but is still struggling to stay focused, not taking care of the ball and driven long enough to penetrate deep in the lane to put up points.
Brian Huebner, the Westby head Basketball Coach said it is work in progress and there are definite signs of improvement.
“It’s a long season and will be filled with ups and downs, but I feel like the kids are upbeat and ready to fix some of the small detail issues of our performances,” Huebner said.
Brookwood 46, Westby 29
Westby (1-2) fell 46-29 to a senior strong Brookwood High School girls basketball team in non-conference action on Monday, Nov. 27.
Huebner said the Norse got a slow start and never really meshed the entire game. Returning to the basketball court after the Thanksgiving break the Norse shots didn’t fall and the communication between players was definitely lacking.
Westby turned the ball over 30 times against the Falcons. Kenzie Von Ruden led the Norse with 10 points, followed by Josi Bishop 6, Molly Stenslien 5 and Miranda DelMedico and Lexi Crume had four points each.
Westby shot only 26 percent from the field, but 75 percent from the charity stripe against Brookwood. The Norse scored 14 points in the first half and 16 points after the break.
“Had we scored a higher percentage of shots in the lane the game would have been tighter,” Huebner said
Onalaska 64, Westby 40
Westby faced a tough challenge heading into non-conference action at Onalaska on Friday, Dec. 1.
The Norse (1-3) fell 64-40, a closer score than expected after the Hilltoppers’ leading scorer, Emma Gamoke sprained an ankle at practice on Thursday, Nov. 30. In her absence, sophomore twins, Lexi and Kenzie Miller, each downed 15 points for the Hilltoppers (4-1) to soundly defeat the Norse.
Gamoke, a senior, was recently named the Coulee Region Volleyball Player of the Year and is a tough competitor against any team the Hilltoppers face.
“They pressed and forced us into turnovers and in our half-court offense we were very shaky, but our performance improved in the second half,” Huebner said.
Westby shot 39 percent from the field and 60 percent from the charity stripe against Onalaska. The Norse scored 16 points in the first half and 24 points after the break.
For Westby, Kenzie Von Ruden reached double digits to lead the Norse with 16 points. Rounding out the rest of the Norse scoring: Macy Stellner 6, Lexi Crume 4, Mollie Stenslien 4, Miranda DelMedico 3, Josi Bishop 3, Kennedy Ornes 2, and Alayna Winterfield 2.
“Both of our opponents last week we able to play solid pressure defense and we allowed our opponents to really dictate what we would do offensively,” Huebner said.
The Norse continue non-conference action hosting Sparta on Dec. 5 and open up the Coulee Conference action at Black River Falls on Thursday, Dec. 7.
ONALASKA 64, WESTBY 40
Westby 16 24 — 40
Onalaska 34 30 — 64
WESTBY (1-3): Kenzie Von Ruden 16, Macy Stellner 6, Lexi Crume 4, Mollie Stenslien 4, Miranda DelMedico 3, Josi Bishop 3, Kennedy Ornes 2, Alayna Winterfield 2
ONALASKA (4-1): Lexi Miller 15, Kenzie Miller 15, Lauren Arenz 8, Olivia Gamoke 5, Molly Garrity 5, Berke Radde 4, Kay Dale 4, McKenzie Marcon 3, Mariah Wick 2, Jayln Dobbins 2.