by Steve Peterson
Two state-ranked girls basketball teams clashed as West Sioux, ranked ninth in Class 1A, battled Hinton, ranked 13th in Class 2A, in a key War Eagle Conference WEC) clash Jan. 8 in Hinton.
The host Blackhawks used lights-out type field goal shooting to jump to a lead of 22-8 after one quarter and 36-18 at halftime. The Lady Falcons won the second half battle but fell, 48-37 for a 9-3 overall record.
Jade Lynn Vlotho, scored 21 points to lead the Lady Falcons.
“I was proud to see the comeback but they started shooting so well and that gave them a big boost. We did a better job of taking care of the basketball in the second half,” said West Sioux Coach Denny Weerheim.
The Blackhawks, 9-1 record, were led by Alex Yoerger’s 18 points; Lauren Hedlund and Sadie Shuck both had 11 points each for three double-figure scorers. Hinton made 21-of-60 all field goal tries, three-for-eight three-point shots and 13-for-21 from the free-throw line. Hinton totaled 32 rebounds with Hedlund leading the way with 10.
Weerheim said he was pleased with the way the Lady Falcons handled the Blackhawks’ pressing defense as the home team went to more half-court defense.
After the rough first half, a hoop by Vlotho cut the margin to 36-25 two minutes into the third quarter.
Hinton still managed a 16-points lead early in the fourth quarter, 48-32, but a 15-3 West Sioux run closed the gap to 51-47 on a three-point shot by Jenna Rehder with four minutes left.
Hinton then put the clamps on defensively as the Lady Falcons were shut down the rest of the way, on a 7-0 Hinton run.
West Sioux stood at a 9-3 overall record, 4-2 WEC games. Hinton was 5-0 in WEC games.
Junior high game
West Sioux’s junior high squad won, 30-23.
Coaches Against Cancer
Hinton and West Sioux’s crowd participate in the “Coaches Against Cancer” night activities. Several names of cancer survivors or those who have lost their lives to cancer were read in a “glow stick” ceremony.
West Sioux’s ranking
The Lady Falcons were ranked No. 10 in Class 1A as of Jan. 10 Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s ranking.
Statistics for Wynot game
West Sioux girls basketball statistics against Wynot, Neb. at CNOS Foundation Classic at Tyson Events Center/ Gateway Arena, played Jan. 5, a 58-40 loss:
Bailey VanDenBerg: 1 point, 0-of-7 all field goal attempts, 0-of-1 three-point field goal attempt, 1-of-2 free throw attempts, 1 assist.
Rehder: 3 points, 1-of-1 all field goal attempt, 1-of-1 three-point field goal attempt, 4 rebounds, 1 assist.
Allyson Westra: 2 points, 1-of-2 all field goal attempts, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blocked shot.
Hummel: 3 points, 1-of-1 all field goal attempt, 1-of-1 three-point field goal attempt.
Rylee Negaard: 2 points, 1-of-2 all field goal attempts, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal.
Carissa Anderson: 5 points, 1-of-7 all field goal attempts, 3-of-4 free throw attempts, 4 rebounds, 1 assist.
Amanda Mace: 0-of-1 free throw attempt, 1 rebound, 1 blocked shot.
Callie Schmidt: 2 points, 1-of-2 all field goal attempts, 7 rebounds, 1 blocked shot.
Vlotho: 22 points, 9-of-17 all field goal attempts, 4-of-7 free throw attempts, 12 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocked shots.
Team: 40 points, 15-of-39 all field goal attempts, 2-of-5 three point field goal attempts, 8-of-14 free throw attempts, 37 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 5 blocked shots.
West Sioux 16-2-8-14-40