A-W girls gain .500 mark

Posted February 14, 2014 at 4:26 am

By Steve Peterson


Basketball Coach Kent Johnson is surrounded by the Westerner seniors who were honored at the last home game Feb. 7. From left, Sarah Schroeder, Jacynda Banks, Dana Hedlund, Coach Johnson, Bethany Eastman, Jordan Hansen, and Kayla Tindall.

On Feb. 7, Akron-Westfield girls’ basketball team and its six seniors Dana Hedlund, Jacynda Banks, Jordan Hansen, Bethany Eastman and Sarah Schroeder enjoyed Senior Night festivities with a solid War Eagle Conference win over Remsen St. Mary’s, 51-34.

A-W improved its record to 10-10 overall and was 2-0 in games last week.

“We played very good defense. We struggled at times with our shooting but we came up with some steals and easy baskets. I thought the seniors played hard; we wanted to win it for the seniors,” said A-W Girls Basketball Head Coach Kent Johnson.

Eastman led the Lady Westerners with 14 points, Kayla Tindall had 10 points and 15 rebounds, Banks had eight points, and Schroeder seven tallies to lead a balanced attack. Kortney Hedlund had five steals and Dana Hedlund led in assists with six. Eastman blocked six shots. Schroeder had five rebounds and three blocked shots. Kayla Tindall also had five assists in addition to her other contributions.

After a slow start, A-W gained a 10-point lead on two Kayla Tindall hoops, 16-6, in the second quarter. A-W led 20-14 at halftime.

The Lady Westerners led by nine points, 27-18, after an Eastman hoop in the third quarter and extended the lead to 35-22 after three on a basket by Kortney Hedlund.

A-W really was impressive to start the fourth quarter with a 12-5 run for a 20-point lead.

RSM, which had a 50-points-per-game average going in, had a 6-13 record after the loss.

A total of 13 Lady Westerners played in the Friday night game.

Post-Season Games

The Lady Westerners concluded the WEC contests and the regular season at Hinton Feb. 11.

It’s on to the regional clashes next as the Lady Westerners hosted Remsen Union Feb. 13 with the winner advancing to the second round at A-W, Feb. 18. Playoff games start at 7 p.m.

RSM 2-12- 8-12-34

A-W 6-14-15-16-51

A-W Statistics

Kortney Hedlund: 4 points, 2-of-9 all field goal attempts, 0-of-1 three-point field goal attempts, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 blocked shot.

Ann Hedlund: 2 points, 1-of-1 field goal attempt.

Dana Hedlund: 6 points, 3-of-9 all field goal attempts, 0-of-5 three-point field goal attempts, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals.

Danika Tindall: 1 assist.

Banks: 8 points, 4-of-5 all field goal attempts, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal.

Jordan Hansen: 0-of-4 all field goal attempts, 0-of-1 three-point field goal attempt, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal.

Eastman: 14 points, 7-of-12 all field goal attempts, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 6 blocked shots.

Schroeder: 7 points, 3-of-6 all field goal attempts, 1-of-4 free-throw attempts, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 3 blocked shots.

Ryleigh Schnell: 1 rebound.

Kayla Tindall: 10 points, 3-of-12 all field goal attempts, 0-of-2 three-point field goal attempts, 4-of-4 free-throw attempts, 15 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 steal.

A-W team totals: 51 points, 23-of-58 all field goal attempts, 0-of-9 three-point field goal attempts, 5-of-8 free-throw attempts, 40 rebounds, 18 assists, 10 steals, and 10 blocked shots.

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