by Steve Peterson
West Sioux girls’ basketball team will look to get back on track this week as the Lady Falcons lost two contests last week.
West Sioux will host Remsen-St. Mary’s at 6:00 p.m. on Jan. 25 in a War Eagle Conference (WEC) game. They also had South O’Brien in league play on Jan. 22 and will be at the Tri-Valley tournament hosted by Alcester-Hudson Jan. 26.
West Sioux fell to Alcester-Hudson, 58-53, in an away non-conference game Jan. 15.
Against the Cubs Jade Lynn Vlotho had 21 points to lead the Lady Falcons and Bailey VanDenBerg added 17 points.
“I could tell we weren’t ready to play and told them to get focused in the locker room,” said West Sioux Coach Dennis Weerheim.
“Our guards have to do a better job of handling the pressure,” said Weerheim.
West Sioux lost to H-M-S
West Sioux, ranked 10th in Class 1A, lost to Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, 53-40, in league play Jan. 18 for a 10-5 overall record.
Vlotho and VanDenBerg led the Lady Falcons with nine points each and Callie Schmidt added seven. Rylee Negaard did a great job at the defensive end and contributed six points to the offense, said Weerheim.
Vlotho’s play was limited due to an illness.
West Sioux led 11-6 after one quarter and it was tied 20-20 at halftime. The Hawks’ Jessica Strofferan scored 23 points to lead the home team’s upset.
West Sioux was 5-2 record in WEC games for third place. H-M-S improved to 6-8, 2-4 record in WEC contests. This week’s league foes, South O’Brien was 4-4 WEC play, 9-5 overall record and Remsen-St. Mary’s was 4-3 WEC play, 7-6 overall to start the week. West Sioux beat both teams earlier this season.
“We had a hard time with South O’Brien (a 51-46 win) at our place and it will be even harder there. We have to turn it around as the (post-season) tournament is near,” said Weerheim.