By Tera White
The final home game of the season on Feb. 23 was a memorable one for the Mound Westonka girls basketball team. The band created a rousing atmosphere to celebrate the three senior athletes: Makenzie Anderson, Samantha Eidsness and Abby Wharram. The White Hawks had their own mock ESPN analysts, and junior Jennifer Schaible surpassed the 1,000 career point mark by hitting 3-pointer in the first shot of the game. It was the first time in school history that this elite milestone was achieved in a basketball player’s junior year. The icing on the cake was that the White Hawks never fell behind Annandale for a 55-47 win.
Schaible’s milestone make to start the game gave the White Hawks momentum that dominated in the first half. The half ended with a score of 32-18. Annandale came back fighting but, due to missing two of their strongest players, could not pull ahead. Schaible led with 23 points, followed by junior Maya Thurston with nine and sophomore Makala Shelton with five. Wharram had seven assists and four points. Anderson also had four points and two steal, and Eidsness had three points to close out the regular season.
Westonka also played a great game at Glencoe-Silver Lake on Feb. 20 that ended in a tough 68-71 loss. The White Hawks held the lead at intervals throughout the game but could not secure the win. Schaible led with 26 points, Shelton had 10 points and Eidsness had nine. There was contribution from all players with scoring, and every player had at least one assist (led by Wharram with 11). Despite the loss, it was a close game and a tremendous team effort.
The 2018 senior student-athletes have been playing together since the fourth-grade Westonka Youth Basketball program. All three play as guards for the White Hawks. The basketball community appreciates their commitment to the sport, the program and their teammates and wishes them luck in all that their future holds.
#25 Makenzie Anderson will be attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln next year and plans to major in nursing.
#4 Samantha Eidsness will be studying business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
#13 Abby Wharram plans to attend the University of Minnesota, College of Design, to major in fashion marketing and management.
Coaches Corner with head coach Alan Hiebert: As a team, we’ve really been playing good basketball the last few weeks. We competed against a tough Rockford team and came out with a win; we played probably our best basketball of the season against Glencoe, even though we lost; and then beating Annandale also took a complete team effort. As a coach, it’s been really fun to see the girls come together, help each other and really play the brand of basketball we’ve been trying to build here over the last two seasons. It will take another great effort to beat Orono on Wednesday, but if we can put together another game like we have we’ll be tough to beat.
I’d like to thank our seniors and their families for their support of Westonka basketball. And a big congratulations to Jen on scoring her 1,000th point! It was a really fun night with great atmosphere that we can build on as a team and program.