The Westby boys basketball woes continued when they hosted Mauston on Jan. 30, and traveled to Arcadia on Feb 1, dropping both games.
Mauston 70, Westby 58
Westby’s Sam Strangstalien and Davontae Spears both reached double digits with 10 points each, but it wasn’t enough to stop Mauston’s Tyron Fitzgerald who put up 23 points as the Golden Eagles outscored the Norsemen 70-58 in the non-conference match-up in the Westby Fieldhouse on Tuesday, Jan. 30.
Westby was down by 10 at the break, 32-22. They fought back in the second half putting up 36 points. Despite the valiant effort the Norsemen could never gain enough ground against the Golden Eagles who put up 38 points in the second half, as they extended the lead to 12, by the time the buzzer sounded ending the game. Mauston won 70-58.
Overall Westby shot 39-percent (29 of 53) and 75-percent from the free throw line (6 of 8). Westby spread its scoring between eight players: Strangstalien 10, Spears 10, Griffin Grass 6, Grant Dayton 9, Ryan Daines 9, Alex Gluch 8, Devin Nelson 4, Joe Armbruster 2.
Westby’s Head Coach Bob Constalie said Westby struggled early against their half-court trap, giving Mauston an early lead.
“Westby battled all night , but the closest we could get the score was seven points. I feel bad for the kids, they are playing with heart, they keep working hard in practice and really need a win,” Constalie said.
Arcadia 52, Westby 37
Junior Sam Strangstalien put up 13 and Alex Gluch added 11 for 24 of Westby’s 37 points against Arcadia who outscored the Norsemen 52-37.
Arcadia’s Nolan Martin scored a game-high 16 points as the Raiders (11-6, 5-4) locked up the Norsemen in the second half to secure the win. Martin drained four from long range in the first half and was instrumental in setting up drives for the Raiders all night.
Constalie said Westby changed its defensive strategy in the second half in an attempt to shut down Arcadia’s offense, but Martin kept finding ways to assist with successful scoring drives.
The Norsemen trailed 31-25 at the break, but the Raider defense shut down the Norsemen offense in the second half. Westby put up 25 points in the first half, but only scored 12 points after the break.
“You can’t win games if you only score 12 points in 18 minutes,” Constalie said.
Overall Westby shot 44-percent (13 of 29), hit 40-percent from long range (6 for 15) and 50-percent from the free throw line (1 of 2). For Westby (2-15, 1-7): Sam Strangstalien 13, Alex Gluch 11, Griffin Grass 6, Ryan Daines 5, Joe Armbruster 2.
Westby travels to Viroqua on Feb. 9 for a rematch after falling to the rival Blackhawks when Andrew Wedwick drained a shot at the buzzer in the team’s first meeting on Jan. 5. On Tuesday, Feb 13, Westby hosts Brookwood and on Friday, Feb 16, they are at West Salem.
MAUSTON 70, WESTBY 58
Mauston 32 38 — 70
Westby 22 36 — 58
MAUSTON: Trevor Gallagher 3, Cade Hall 13, Dakota Barnier 8, Joe Bauer 10, Daniel Raabe 10, Tyron Fitzgerald 23, Owen Kattenbraker 3.
WESTBY (2-14): Sam Strangstalien 10, Griffin Grass 6, Alex Gluch 8, Davontae Spears 10, Grant Dayton 9, Joe Armbruster 2, Ryan Daines 9, Devin Nelson 4.
ARCADIA 52, WESTBY 37
Westby 25 12 — 37
Arcadia 31 21 — 52
WESTBY (2-15, 1-7): Sam Strangstalien 13, Griffin Grass 6, Alex Gluch 11, Joe Armbruster 2, Ryan Daines 5.
ARCADIA (11-6, 5-4): Trace Bjorge 5, Brennan Scow 8, Damian Boberg 10, Michael Schweisthal 5, Curtis Weltzien 8, Nolan Martin 16.