Seeded seventh, Westby entered the post season hosting 13th seeded Nekoosa in the Westby Fieldhouse at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 21. The lady Norse shredded the Papermakers to advance to the second game of Regional action facing G-E-T on Friday, Feb. 23.
The second seeded Red Hawks earned a bye in the first round and swooped in quickly to take care of the Lady Norse ending Westby’s season in a 60-25 victory at G-E-T.
Westby 52, Nekoosa 33 2-21-18 Westby freshman Macy Stellner hit three 3-pointers to get the Norsemen (10-13) going in the first half, and then a strong defensive showing helped keep them ahead in the second. Freshman Grace Hebel scored a game-high 14 points for Westby, while Stellner and Kenzie VonRuden each added 11.
“We got a nice bounce in offensive productivity from Hebel and Stellner who both had nice games. Lexi Crume guarded their primary scorer very well and ultimately it was a very statistically positive and balanced game for the Norse,” Head Coach Brian Huebner said.
The Norse shot 43 percent overall hitting 44 percent from the two point range, 38 percent from long range and 64 percent from the free throw line. Also putting up points for Westby: Miranda DelMedico 6, Kiarra Keenlance 4, Lexi Crume 2, McKenna Manske 2,and Molly Stenslien 2.
Westby led 25-18 at the break and added 27 additional points in the second half to seal the deal and advance to play G-E-T on Friday, Feb. 23.
“Earning one more opportunity to play in front of the hometown fans is always a plus and winning the game is icing on the cake, especially for the senior girls,” Huebner said.
Marissa Harnisch and Jenna Baker led Nekoosa with 10 points each.
G-E-T 60, Westby 25 2-23-18 The Red Hawks defeated Westby 60-25 in a WIAA Division 3 Regional Semifinal girls basketball game on Friday in Galesville. The Norse had high hopes heading to G-E-T, but failed to stop the Red Hawks biggest offensive threat, junior Lexi Wagner who scored 17 of her game-high 26 points in the first half, while teammate Molly Schmitz added 15 points for G-E-T.
“We turned the ball over against their press and our offense and ball movement in the half court was slow. We fell prey to a very good team,” Huebner said.
The Red Hawks (19-4) jumped out to a 37-11 lead at the break, a hole too deep for the Norse to come back from. The loss spelled the end of the high school basketball career for several Westby seniors. Coach Huebner thanked them all for their time and dedication to the girls basketball program and wished them all the best for the future.
The Norse shot 33 percent overall hitting 10 percent from the two point range, 80 percent from long range and 64 percent from the free throw line. Westby senior Kenzie VonRuden led the Norse with nine points. Also putting up points for Westby: Grace Hebel 7, Macy Stellner 3, McKenna Manske 3, Miranda DelMedico 2, and Lexi Crume 1.
Westby finished its season 10-14.
“A testament to this group is we had a very solid record last month. We only lost to West Salem and GET twice and these are quality teams. I can say without a doubt we played our best basketball in February, with a solid 5-3 record,” Huebner said.
Huebner added that the team said good bye to very nice group of seniors six young women have helped make Westby Girls Basketball solid over the last four years.
“The season is over, but the work for underclassmen is just beginning,” Huebner said.
WESTBY 52, NEKOOSA 33
Nekoosa 18 15 — 33
Westby 25 27 — 52
NEKOOSA (6-17): Kallee Dhein 6, Marissa Harnisch 10, Cassandra Mortel 1, Tess Keenan 6, Jenna Baker 10.
WESTBY (10-13): Lexi Crume 2, Macy Stellner 11, Kiarra Keenlance 4, Kenzie VonRuden 11, McKenna Manske 2, Miranda DelMedico 6, Molly Stenslien 2, Grace Hebel 14.
G-E-T 60, WESTBY 25
Westby 11 14 — 25
G-E-T 37 23 — 60
WESTBY (10-14): Lexi Crume 1, Macy Stellner 3, Kenzie Von Ruden 9, McKenna Manske 3, Miranda DelMedico 2, Grace Hebel 7
G-E-T (19-4): Madison Schmidt 3, Cassy Schmitz 6, Molly Schmitz 15, Alexa Hammond 2, Lexi Wagner 26, Olivia Zielke 4, Kamren Auer 4