by Steve Peterson
Akron-Westfield girls’ basketball team played with determination to advance to the second round of the Class 1A regional when the Lady Westerners led almost wire to wire in a 58-29 victory against Siouxland Community Christian of Sioux City Feb. 7.
A-W has an 8-14 overall record.
Junior Bethany Eastman scored 11 points to lead A-W to its eighth win of the season. Kayla Tindall added 10 points for the winners, while Dana Hedlund added eight and Jacynda Banks had seven.
“We played well. We wanted to handle their point guard (Rachel Connelly, their leading scorer) and we did. We played a lot of triangle-and-two defense, and got some nice steals off the press,” said A-W Coach Kent Johnson.
“We went to the basket well,” he said of the offense.
It was 10-10 in the early going before two free throws from Sarah Schroeder sent the Lady Westerners on a 16-0 run. Leading scorer for the season Dana Hedlund and sister Kortney Hedlund both contributed hoops as well as Tindall.
A-W led 30-19 at halftime as Dana Hedlund made a buzzer-beating basket.
Anna Lockling led the Eagles (3-18 overall record) with 10 points.
The Lady Westerners moved on to face Gehlen Catholic (14-5 overall record) there Feb. 12 in the second round. The winner advanced to the Feb. 15 regional semifinals at Gehlen Catholic in Le Mars. The regional final is 7:00 p.m., Feb. 18 in Mapleton.
Gehlen Catholic was ranked 12th in Class 1A but lost to West Sioux, 54-49 in overtime in the regular season finale. The Lady Jays beat A-W the two games the teams played.
Last Thursday, Banks led the A-W rebounds effort with nine. Schroeder and Jordan Hansen had five each, and Tindall and Eastman had four.
Schroeder, Haley Coyle, Kortney Hedlund and Banks all had two assists, and Jordan Hansen had one.
Tindall had three steals while Schroeder and Dana Hedlund had two each. Coyle and Kortney Hedlund both had one steal.
A-W’s reserves Sam Johnson, Ryleigh Schnell (2 rebounds); Hannah Koele (2 points, 2 rebounds) and Cali Westergard (2 points, 1 rebound) all played.
A-W made 25-of-66 all field goal attempts and did not make a three-pointer in four attempts. A-W had 11 steals and was eight-for-13 from the free-throw line.
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Note: All field goals were for two points in this game.
Kortney Hedlund: 6 points, 2-of-8 all field goal attempts, 0-of-1 three-point field goal attempt, 2-of-2 free throw attempts, 2 assists, 1 steal.
Hansen: 4 points, 2-of-6 all field goal attempts, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal.
Dana Hedlund: 8 points, 4-of-7 all field goal attempts, 0-of-1 three-point field goal attempt, 3 rebounds, 2 steals.
Schroeder: 6 points, 1-of-6 all field goal attempts, 4-of-4 free throw attempts, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 blocked shot.
Banks: 7 points, 3-of-7 all field goal attempts, 1-of-2 free-throw attempts, 9 rebounds, 2 assists.
Coyle: 2 points, 1-of-7 all field goal attempts, 0-of-1 three-point field goal attempt, 0-of-1 free throw attempt, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal.
Eastman: 11 points, 5-of-8 all field goal attempts, 1-of-2 free throw attempts, 4 rebounds, 1 steal.
Schnell: 0-of-2 all field goal attempts, 0-of-2 free throw attempts, 2 rebounds.
Tindall: 10 points, 5-of-9 all field goal attempts, 0-of-1 three-point field goal attempt, 4 rebounds, 3 steals.
Koele: 2 points, 1-of-4 all field goal attempts, 2 rebounds.
Cali Westergard: 2 points, 1-of-2 all field goal attempts, 1 rebound.
Totals: 58 points, 25-of-66 all field goal attempts, 0-of-4 three-point field goal attempts, 8-of-13 free throw attempts, 37 rebounds, 9 assists, 11 steals, 1 blocked shot.
Final conference standings
Lady Westerners had a 3-7 War Eagle Conference record for ninth place. Hinton won the league title.