By Tera White
The Mound Westonka High School girls basketball team hosted its first-ever dedication game at home on Feb. 2 before facing off with Watertown-Mayer for the second time this conference season.
Each varsity and JV player selected someone for whom they dedicated their play that game. The people selected impacted the players’ lives and/or the sport. Each of the dedicatees in attendance was presented with a letter from the athlete and a pin of honor to show appreciation. The captains also invited personally impactful educators and honored them at half court.
“We were honored to conduct a dedication game for the first time in program history, and we intend on making it a tradition,” said head coach Alan Hiebert. “The girls did a great job with their letters to their chosen people, and it was a great way for them to show appreciation to the people that have helped shape their basketball careers and other important parts of their lives.”
Unfortunately, the touching start to the game did not translate into victory. The White Hawks lost 56-25 despite kicking in the defensive play in the second half.
Earlier in the week at Litchfield on Jan. 30, Westonka had the lead through the first half of the game, up by 3 at halftime. In the second half, the Dragons put on the pressure and were able to outscore the White Hawks by 12 points for a 47-56 loss.
Coach Alan Hiebert highlighted the fact that junior Maya Thurston had a triple double with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 deflections, which resulted in six total steals. “We’ve never had anyone get to double digits in deflections before,” said Hiebert.
Junior Jennifer Schaible, who averages 14.8 points per game, had a double double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Samantha Eidsness had eight points, followed closely by junior Ela Springer with seven.
The JV team has been showing promise with an exciting 40-38 overtime win against Litchfield and a 49-46 victory over Watertown-Mayer.
The White Hawks play at Dassel-Cokato on Feb. 8, at New London-Spicer on Feb. 13 and at home again on Feb. 16 against Rockford.