By Steve Peterson
West Sioux’s girls’ basketball team took its spot in the spotlight of the Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena court for their clash with Dakota Valley on Jan. 10.
Rylee Negaard tallied 18 points and teammate Amanda Mace tallied 16 points but that was not enough against the hot-shooting Lady Panthers as Dakota Valley cruised to a 74-46 win.
The Panthers shot a high percentage of three-point shots and played tough defense. Dakota Valley improved its record to 6-2 with the win. Abby Faldmo led the Panthers with 19 points.
West Sioux’s record dropped to 3-7 overall.
WS trailed 35-18 at halftime.
Mace scored West Sioux’s first five points but the Panthers led 21-7 in the first half.
Negaard had several fast-break lay-ups in the second half to account for most of her points.
Dekkers receives Award
Senior Carly Dekkers won the West Sioux Tomorrow’s Leaders Award as presented by the CNOS Foundation.
The Lady Falcons were at Canton, S.D., Jan. 16 in non-conference play. West Sioux returned to War Eagle Conference play at 6 p.m., Jan. 17 against South O’Brien in Paullina.
Next week WS will host Alcester-Hudson in non-league action on Jan. 21, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn visits for a WEC clash Jan. 24. Game times are 6 p.m. and are girls-boys doubleheaders.