by Steve Peterson
Based on the attendance, the scheduling of a Saturday afternoon basketball girls/boys doubleheader seemed to win over many as Akron-Westfield hosted South O’Brien on Jan. 5 in War Eagle Conference (WEC) play.
In the varsity contest, the Lady Westerners hustled for 14 rebounds and four steals against the Wolverines and played solid defense. The problem was 6-of-40 all field goal tries in the 29-17 loss to the Wolverines.
“We had 40 field goal tries and they had 43. Defensively, we did a good job on their post player with a diamond-and-one (defense). Offensively, we tried three different offenses but just could not put it in the hole. It gets to be more of a mental thing,” said A-W Coach Kent Johnson.
The Lady Westerners held the Wolverines (7-5 overall record) 15 points lower than their season average, said Johnson. The Wolverines’ leading scorer, junior Rachel Struve, who had scored 20 points the night before in a 50-43 win over Remsen Union, was held to five points.
A-W dropped to 2-8 overall record with the WEC loss and are 2-4 in league play.
A-W, after an 8-0 deficit to start the game, rallied for a 10-9 deficit after one quarter as Bethany Eastman, Kayla Tindall, Dana Hedlund and Sarah Schroeder contributed points.
South O’Brien went on a 9-0 run in the second stanza to open up a 19-9 halftime lead. Schroeder and Eastman had put-back baskets for a 21-13 deficit in the third quarter but the Lady Westerners would score just four points the rest of the way, with three coming on a three-pointer by Kortney Hedlund that beat the game-ending buzzer.
Dana Hedlund had five points, all at the free-throw line, to lead the Lady Westerners and five rebounds. Sister Kortney Hedlund’s trey were her only points while Schroeder and Eastman had four points each. Schroeder had five rebounds.
Leta Wester had nine points to lead the Wolverines.
A-W had just five two-point field goals and one three while the Wolverines had just seven field goals total.
A-W was at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn, which it beat earlier in the season, on Jan. 8. It hosts Spalding Catholic at 6:00 p.m., Jan. 11 in a girls/boys WEC doubleheader. Spalding Catholic played West Sioux to a five-point loss last Friday. A-W is at Westwood in Sloan at 5:00 p.m., Jan. 12 for a non-conference girls/boys doubleheader.
Kortney Hedlund: 5 points, 1-of-2 all field goals attempted, 1-of-1 three-point field goal attempted.
Jordan Hansen: 0-of-2 all field goals attempted, 1 assist, 2 steals.
Dana Hedlund: 4 points, 0-of-13 all field goals attempted, 0-of-5 three-point field goals attempted, 4-of-6 free throws attempted, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal.
Schroeder: 4 points, 2-of-5 all field goals attempted, 5 rebounds, 1 blocked shot.
Jacynda Banks: 0-of-1 all field goal attempted, 0-of-1 three-point field goal attempted.
Haley Coyle: 0-of-7 all field goals attempted; 0-of-2 three-point field goals attempted, 1 rebound.
Eastman: 4 points, 2-of-4 all field goals attempted, 3 rebounds.
Tindall: 2 points, 1-of-5 all field goals attempted, 0-of-2 three-point field goals attempted, 1 steal.
Cali Westergard: 0-of-1 all field goals attempted.
Totals: 17 points, 6-of-40 all field goals attempted, 1-of-11 three-point field goals attempted, 4-of-6 free throws attempted, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals, 1 blocked shot.
Junior varsity update
Coach Johnson was pleased with the efforts of the junior varsity team, which won 42-28 Saturday afternoon. Sam Johnson and Kortney Hedlund are team leaders for the squad, which has had a solid season, the coach said.