by Steve Peterson
West Sioux Basketball Coach Dennis Weerheim liked several aspects of how the Lady Falcons played against Scotland, S.D., in the Tri-Valley Tournament Jan. 26.
The final score was not one of them as Scotland edged West Sioux, 46-43 at Alcester-Hudson.
“We played a good game but did not finish well,” said Weerheim.
Sophomore Callie Schmidt led the Lady Falcons with 12 points, one of the pluses Weerheim referred to. Also, West Sioux used an intense defense and got several fast-break baskets.
Bailey VanDenBerg added nine points and Jade Lynn Vlotho was next with seven.
West Sioux, 11-7 overall record, gained its last tie at 42-42 on two Vlotho free throws with one minute left. But the Scotland Highlanders took the lead for good on a 15-footer by Morgan Frey. She added two free throws with 16.3 seconds left.
West Sioux’s Carissa Anderson got to the free-throw line and made the first for a 46-43 deficit with 2.9 seconds remaining but missed the next two shots, one possibly to set up a rebound shot but the Highlanders got the rebound.
The Lady Falcons started the game well with a 12-6 lead. Scotland took a 21-18 lead after one quarter. VanDenBerg’s three-pointer gave the West Sioux team a 32-18 lead in the second half, and the Lady Falcons led 36-33 after three.
West Sioux’s biggest lead in the fourth quarter was a 38-35 lead on a Vlotho free throw.