by Steve Peterson
Akron-Westfield’s girls basketball team was facing West Sioux senior Jade Lynn Vlotho who was coming off back-to-back 30-point games.
Coach Kent Johnson had a solid game plan for the Lady Westerners against the 6-foot Vlotho and the center’s points were halved in the War Eagle Conference clash. But Vlotho had help as well as her solid second half effort in a 47-37 West Sioux win in Hawarden on Dec. 18.
“We could not let her get 30 points so we took some chances on defense,” said Johnson.
A-W led 13-10 after one quarter and 18-17 at halftime. West Sioux began to get hot shooting in the second half, led by seniors Carissa Anderson and Bailey VanDenBerg and then got the ball to Vlotho.
Junior Kayla Tindall had 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting and had 10 rebounds for a double-double of statistics for A-W. Bethany Eastman had seven points on 3-of-5 shooting. Dana Hedlund had nine rebounds and Eastman had eight.
A-W slipped to 2-6 record after the loss.
West Sioux, 8-1 record, finished the game with a 14-7 fourth quarter.
“It was good to see our three seniors all score double digits,” said West Sioux Coach Dennis Weerheim.
VanDenBerg had 11 and Anderson 10 points to compliment Vlotho’s 15.
Vlotho scored 30 points in a 60-30 West Sioux win over Trinity Christian and another 30 points in back-to-back nights, in a 60-47 win over West Lyon, Dec. 14 and 15.
Vlotho also has been working on her outside shooting and that has been gaining confidence with each game and practice.
“Just feeling comfortable shooting out there,” said Vlotho, who earned several honors for last season’s 25-2 State Semifinalist team.
“Jade Lynn has her own routine of post moves and working on everything,” said Weerheim of the center.
Coach Weerheim said he liked the way the Lady Falcons have been progressing overall, with their 8-1 record.
A-W returns from Christmas break to face South O’Brien in a WEC clash at 3:00 p.m. on Jan. 5. A-W is at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn on Jan. 8.