By Tera White
The Mound Westonka High School girls basketball team faced a couple of tough conference opponents last week for the second time around this season.
At home on Jan. 31, Westonka played a fast-paced game against a quick, sharp-shooting Litchfield team. The White Hawks allowed the Dragons an early lead and were not able to make up the deficit throughout the contest. Westonka went deep into the bench in the last few minutes of the game and got a spark with a steal from junior Becca Dvoracek. Sophomore Maddy White hit two 3-pointers to close the gap to nine points for final score of 46-65.
Scoring was led by sophomore Maya Thurston (11 points, three assists), sophomore Jennifer Schaible (nine points, one assist) and senior Claire White (eight points), who returned from a week off with an injury. Many additional players contributed with hustle plays, including Schaible, who had four blocks, and junior Abby Wharram, who was all over the court with five points, four rebounds, four blocks, two steals and two assists. The team had 25 total rebounds, led by Thurston with nine and Schaible with eight.
Away at Watertown-Mayer on Feb. 3, Westonka had another tough Wright County Conference matchup against a team that is ranked Top 5 in the state for 2A basketball. The White Hawks had a lot of looks that just did not fall but played hard and hustled throughout the game, taking a pounding on the scoreboard with a 35-75 loss.
Schaible led scoring for Westonka with 11 points, followed by Thurston with 10 points, junior Makenzie Anderson with seven points and Wharram with six assists. Crashing the boards were Thurston with six rebounds, ninth-grader Melissa Drill with four rebounds and Schaible with three rebounds. The team hustled on defense with blocks and steals: Thurston had four steals, Wharram had two steals and Schaible, Anderson, White, Drill and sophomore Ela Springer had one steal each. Both Schaible and Wharram had three blocks.
Come out and support the White Hawks at home on Thursday, Feb. 9, for Parent Night versus Dassel-Cokato and on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14, against New London-Spicer. The last home game will celebrate the seniors on Monday, Feb. 20, against Glencoe-Silver Lake.
Coach Alan Hiebert’s corner: We played two very good, very skilled teams this week. In both games, we played good stretches of basketball. It may seem odd to be encouraged when you get beat by 40, but the first part of the game, we were right with them and competed the whole time. I think we had at least 10 shots that looked halfway down that rattled out. However, Watertown is one great basketball team, and they took advantage of our mistakes and/or bad luck and really put it to us. This week we play against Belle Plaine and Dassel-Cokato. It’s safe to say that DC will be looking to avenge our overtime win up at their place earlier.
Photos of the Watertown-Mayer game by Kristen Beyer
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