By Tera White
The Mound Westonka High School girls basketball team celebrated its two seniors at the last home game of the season Feb. 20 versus Glencoe-Silver Lake. The White Hawks closed the conference season with a 10-16 record and earned the No. 5 seed for the Section 6AAA Tournament.
Senior co-captains Ryann Beyer and Claire White were honored with a video on the new scoreboard, words from their teammates and coach Alan Hiebert, and a reception after the game hosted by the junior parents. Both players agreed that this season has been the “icing on the cake,” as Beyer put it, for a long career, and they were happy to celebrate on their home court with many teammates that were present when they started playing in fourth grade.
“I couldn’t imagine ending my high school career with a better season, team and coaching staff,” White said. Beyer agreed, adding that being “surrounded by those girls, such a supportive community and family is something unique and special.”
Next year, Beyer will study nursing at the University of Minnesota. White will be continuing her basketball career and pursuing a degree in science at the University of Wisconsin—LaCrosse.
Unfortunately for the White Hawks, the Senior Night sentiments and excitement did not translate into game success. The Panthers came out quick and never let the White Hawks catch up. Many of their points were scored off of fast breaks, and Westonka turned the ball over 21 times, allowing the Panthers easy baskets. GSL had a 15-point lead at halftime and finished out the game with a 68-45 win.
Scoring for the White Hawks were: White, 15 points; sophomore Jennifer Schaible, nine points; sophomore Maya Thurston, seven points and nine rebounds; Beyer, five points; sophomore Ela Springer, four points; junior Makenzie Anderson, three points; and ninth-grader Melissa Drill, two points.
Photos by Kristen Beyer
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Feb. 23 was the final conference game of the season at Annandale High School. The majority of the first half was a close game, but the Cardinals were able to pull away when they played big under the basket, hitting the boards hard to grab second-chance shots and the majority of the offensive rebounds. The White Hawks were down 13 at half.
Schaible had a great second half with 11 points, but it wasn’t enough to close the lead. The White Hawks lost 56-38. Scoring for the White Hawks were: Schaible, 19 points; White, seven points; Anderson and Springer, four points each; and Beyer and junior Abby Wharram, two points each.
Coach Alan Hiebert’s corner: We lost to two teams that shot the ball well. GSL has very talented guard play, and they were very good against us. It was still a good night for our seniors, Ryann and Claire, as we had a nice ceremony for them in pregame and post-game receptions. Obviously, the game didn’t go well for us, but our seniors represented themselves and the program well; as they have all season.
Annandale came down to two statistics: 3-point shooting and rebounding. Annandale hit nine 3-pointers against us, and we were 1-for-13 from that range. That imbalance, along with getting out-rebounded 39-16 for the game, were the differences in the game.