by Jason Hirdler
The Mound Westonka girls basketball team continued its unbeaten streak on Dec. 4, earning a win over the St. Paul Highland Park Scots, 56-40. The victory brought the White Hawks’ record to 4-0.
The White Hawks started the game with a very dominating defense, with two of the senior tri-captains, Jen Schaible and Maya Thurston, acquiring multiple steals from Highland Park’s bewildered offense. The third tri-captain, senior Ela Springer, used her height advantage to block shots in the paint and added frustration to the opposing team’s offense.
The White Hawks put up 34 points in the first half, with Schaible leading the team with 11 points through the first two quarters. Schaible also led the team in points for the second half, with a total of 24 (including two well-timed 3-point shots).
Juniors Melissa Drill and Makala Shelton contributed points to the victory, as did seniors Thurston and Maddy White. Thurston also recorded an astounding 11 rebounds (nine offensive). Upcoming star ninth-grader Megan Wanner also added points by sinking two free throws after being taken down hard while on a breakaway. Springer also recorded a couple of well-executed assists.
The White Hawks team has developed a great chemistry through the past four games, and both offense and defense are looking very promising with this year’s excellent start. Their next game will be against the Benilde-St. Margaret’s Red Knights on Dec. 8. This will be a huge test, since BSM is a former section (Class AAA) runner-up, and it will be on BSM’s home court.