By Mara Drill
The Mound Westonka High School girls basketball team is celebrating Senior Week. Senior captains Melissa Drill and Sam Otto along with Makala Shelton and Hailey Peterson have been playing basketball together since fifth grade. Taylor Hollins joined the White Hawks last year and has made a great addition to this group from the Class of 2020. Best wishes to our seniors.
Over the past month, the White Hawks have faced some tough conference opponents. In the Glencoe-Silver Lake game Jan. 21, the team cut the Panthers’ lead to 6 with 8 minutes left in the game. They battled back from a large deficit in the first half but couldn’t come up with a victory, losing 47-61. Drill led the way with 11 points and 8 rebounds, followed by junior Greta Blanck with 10 points. Sophomore Annie Springer pulled down 8 rebounds as well.
Litchfield was the White Hawks’ next stop on Jan. 24. Unfortunately for Westonka, the Dragons controlled most of the game. Shelton led the way in this game with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Blanck and junior Sydney Eidsness both scored 9 points. The final score was 49-70.
Watertown-Mayer and Rockford came to town at the end of January for competitive games. The White Hawks led by 4 in the first half against Watertown on Jan. 28 and cut the lead to 3 in the first half against Rockford on Jan. 31. Sophomore Megan Wanner scored 19 against Watertown and led the way against Rockford with 18. Drill led the way with 17 rebounds for the two games. The White Hawks had an impressive 10 steals against Rockford. The White Hawks lost 49-66 to Watertown and 43-70 to Rockford.
New Ulm finally made it to the White Hawks’ gym Feb. 4 after being postponed twice. The game was within 1 at halftime; however, the Eagles’ shooters got hot in the second half to pull away. Blanck had a double-double in this matchup with 12 points and 10 rebounds, followed closely by Drill with 9 points and 11 rebounds. Wanner also scored 12 points. The final score was 53-65.
Coach Alan Hiebert reflected on the past few weeks stating, “We’ve played stretches of really good and exciting basketball. The girls have continued to bring a growth mindset to practices and games despite the frustrations we all feel in the wins and losses results. We look forward to finishing the season strong and gearing up for section play.”
The team will wrap up its regular season over the next two weeks with the final home game on Monday, Feb. 17, and will start section play on Feb. 26.