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The Sioux-County Index Reporter Wednesday, February 11, 2009 Wolfpack girls respond well against Indians By Gabe Licht After a disappointing loss in Spencer on Tuesday night, the Western Christian girls respond- ed on their home court with a 43-40 win over the Spirit Lake Indians Friday night. "This was a great win for us late in the season," said coach. Katie Bleeker, who pointed out that the Indians were the num- ber two team in the conference. Spirit Lake was also ranked 15th in the state at the time. Bleeker's squad started with an eight-point quarter and steadily built from there. They had 17 points at the half and added another ten before exploding for a 16-point fourth quarter that sealed the win. Ultimately, the maroon and white squad did what they need- ed to do when it mattered most. "We had some key steals down the stretch and hit a cou- ple key free throws," said Bleeker. "I challenged the girls to treat every one bf these last games as do or die. They responded well--played with intensity in their eyes. Bleeker was especially proud of how her team held Spirit Lake star Amber Kirschbaum-- who scored her 1,000th point against Western on January 6th--to 17 points. "Steph [Fykstra] did a great job of battling Kirschbaum down low all game--keeping her off the boards and making Western Christian Sophomore Kayla Gesink (12) looks to pass around a Spirit Lake defender. her force up shots, said ing their point production, said tions were Kendra Kroeze (five Bleeker. Bleeker. points), Shantelle Gritters (four Fykstra finished with a dou- Top guard for the home team points, four assists, two ble-double of 11 points and 11 was Kayla Gesink, who tied the rebounds and two assists), and rebounds to go with three assists game-high with 17 points. K01ette Heynen (four points and and a steal. "Kayla led us and did a great four rebounds). The Indians' guards also job of stepping up," said "This was a fun game that posed a threat, which the Bleeker. had the tournament atmos- Wolfpack responded to by limit- Also making key contribu- phere," concluded Bleeker. Comets, fall to Lion girls By Gabe Licht It doesn't matter how well a team is shooting if they can't hang onto the ball. Such was the case for the Boyden-Hull girls as they shot over 44 percent but committed 25 turnovers en route to an inverted 35-53 loss at home against the Central Lyon Lions. ,Obviously, we did not do a good job taking care of the ball and, because of that, we gave up opportunities to score," said coach Tim Brunsting, adding, "We had 16 turnovers at half- time and we were only down nine points." Brunsting's squad started with an l 1-point quarter and scored nine points in the second quarter to keep them in the game going into the break. "We played pretty even with them in the second and third quarters," said Brunsting. In those two quarters, the Wildcats added a mere four points to their lead. "We played with more energy on both ends of the floor and challenged them a lot bet- ter." But the fourth quarter-- which is usually the Comets' strongest quarter--haunted the home team as their six-point effort was doubled by their opponents to blow the box score out of proportion. "We played a lot better against them this time around," said Brunsting, referencing his team's 25-point loss to Central Lyon earlier in the year. This time around, Boyden- Boyden-Hull Senior Kary Huls tries to make the cut around a Central Lyon defender. Hull put forth a team effort as Emma Heitritter led with seven points followed by Alyssa De Groot and Kari Huls with six points apiece. De Groot also handed out three assists. April Ten Haken led with six rebounds to go with five points, three steals and two assists. Jamie Hansmann led with five assists and also had five points and five rebounds. Comet girls get by Wildcats By Gabe Licht The Boyden-HuU girls found themselves in an unfamiliar position in Tuesday's road game against the West Lyon Wildcats. After a quarter of play, they led 12-9. After two quarters of play, they led 22-13. "We got off to a really good start," said coach Tim Brunsting. "We did a good job of executing on the offensive end and built a good lead at half." But that lead started to disintegrate in the third quarter, as the Wildcats doubled their point pro- duction. "We did not do a great job of taking care of the ball in the second half and gave West Lyon an opportunity to get back into the game," said Brunsting. "We also missed some easy shots and did not execute like we are capable." With eight minutes remaining, the Comets were hanging on to a two-point lead,which made the difference down the stretch. "We did a nice job late in the fourth quarter on getting key stops we needed," said Brunsting, whose team also came up big on the offensive end. "The girls showed some great composure down the stretch and did a good job of attacking the basket and doing what we needed to do to win," added Brunsting. Kary Huls was a prime example of that com- posure. With 19 seconds remaining, Huls secured an offensive rebound, got fouled, went to the free- throw line and made both free throws to give her team the final lead of the game. Huls' rebound" wa one of 13 offensive rebounds. The Comets had 25 total rebounds on the night. It was also fitting that Huls' free throws sealed the win, as her team earned 19 of their 40 points from the charity stripe on 56 percent free-throw shooting. Huls finished with five points and four rebounds. -Alyssa De Groot led with I1 points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal. Jamie Hansmann contributed nine points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Emma Heitritter and Hailey Koerselman each scored six points. Heitritter also grabbed five rebounds. MS STOPS PEOPLE FROM MOVING WE EXIST TO MAKE SURE IT DOESN'T jointhernovement,org National Multiple Sclerosis Society 5 Western girls fall to Spencer on road By Gabe Licht Coach Katie Bleeker did not sugarcoat her comments after her team's 57-30 road loss against the Spencer Tigers last Tuesday night "We did not come to play," said Bleeker. "We made a good team look great." Bleeker continued by iden- tifying problems on the defen- sive side of the ball. "We weren't intense on defense, we weren't in our spots and we let them go wher- ever they wanted to go," said Bleeker. The bright spot of the game was the Wolfpack's 20 rebounds--including seven offensive rebounds. But, turnovers continued to hurt the 'Pack. "We turned the ball over all too often, while passing up good shots;" said Bleeker, whose squad shot 28 percent compared to their opponents' 57 percent shooting. That 28 percent shooting mark showed up in the form of inconsistent scoring. The road team followed an 11-point first quarter with two points in the second quarter. They finished the game with 10 points in the third quarter and seven points in the final eight minutes. The Tigers had three play- ers in double figures--Megan Anderson and Brittany Peterson with 17 points a piece and Ally Mahrt with 11 points--while Kayla Gesink was the only Wolfpack player to score double digits with 13 points to go with three rebounds. Shantelle Gritters, Jocelyn Bousema and Kolette Heynen each had two thefts. Heynen also had four rebounds wfiile Steph Fykstra f'mished with three rebounds. Bousema handed out two assists, as did Katie Heynen. "This was a disappointing loss, especially at this point in the season," concluded Bleeker. Wolfpack girls drop close game in Sioux Center By Gabe Licht The season isn't quite over, but the Western Christian girls are playing with postseason- level intensity, as they battled the Warriors to the end in Sioux Center Saturday night. The game resulted in a 46- 44 loss, but coach Katie Bleeker called the game "good experience going into tourna- ment time." Bleeker's squad started and finished hot with bookend 14- point quarters, but only man- aged 16 points in between their hot streaks. Though, the visitors may not have scored consistently, they were able to keep them- selves in the game by protect- ing the ball and surrendering a season-low 11 turnovers. "We stuck with them," said Bleeker. "We executed like we wanted to down the stretch and had our opportunities, but did- n't hit the free throws, and they did for the most part." Western shot 5-15 from the charity stripe for the game. "Free throws hurt us tonight," added Bleeker, whose team actually shot better from the field--nearly 40 percent overall--including 45 percent shooting from downtown. Nonetheless, Bleeker was glad to see her team play hard and also took partial blame for the loss. ','We took this one down to the wire," said Bleeker. "I probably should have pressed sooner, but I wanted to chal- lenge the girls to get stops on the half court defense if we are not able to press teams in the future." Stepping up defensively was Steph Fykstra who grabbed 15 rebounds--includ- ing 10 defensive rebounds--- and scored 10 points to finish with her second straight dou- ble-double. Fykstra also had two assists and two steals. Kayla Gesink led with 13 points, four rebounds and three assists. Shantelle Gritters con- tributed six points, an assist and a steal, as did Kristin Scholten, who also came up with three rebounds and her team's only block. kind of tough choices 37 mllion Americans living in po,ery wili be making ody. Find out what 3.m ca do to help. Join the uuubers who care. 6;o to www.ptwertytte, and get invol,ed. 1% Catholic Campaign glW  for Human Development b a m, ieJz,v househd. the p,n.r, line i., $12, 755. t