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[NDEX-REPORTER Girls basl;etball playoffs open in Western Christian's Jocelyn Bousema (22) knocks down one of her three 3-pointers during the second quarter of an Iowa girls basketball playoff game on Saturday at WC. --Photos by Eric Viccaro, Sioux County Index-Reporter Pack escapes with victory Horstman secures seven 4 n-quarler rebounds tohelp By Eric Viccaro EDITOR estern Christian High School's Kayla Gesink watched as her shot lipped out during late in the fourth quarter. Thankfully for Gesink, and the rest of the Wolfpack for that matter, forward Abby Horstman grabbed the rebound and scored on a stickback basket. That gave WC 54-52 lead with 1 minute, 30 seconds remaining in the fourth and the Wolfpack went on to a 57-54 victory over Sibley- Ocheyedan during the open- ing round of the Iowa Girls High Athletic Union Class 2A playoffs on Saturday evening. "That was a huge mining point late in the game," said Gesink, who scored a game- high 23 points and helped to counter the S-O tandem of Danelle Miedema and Jessica Ackerman. "Abby was crashing the boards hard for us." Horstman finished with seven rebounds during the fourth quarter alone, which came as a surprise to Abby. "We had to play fast and aggressive and go after everything," Horstman said. "It's exciting for us to go on." Head coach Katie Bleeker was pleased with the Wolfpack's effort, especial- ly during the fourthquarter as WC outrebounded the Generals, 14-7. "Abby picked up her inten- sity inside and she made the decision to fight for the ball," Bleeker said. "It paid off." WC attempted to make defensive stops and limit S-O's second-chance oppor- tunities in the fourth quar- ter, but those were areas the Wolfpack struggled with early. That's why the Generals opened the game with a 20-8 lead, capped by Brenna Gradert's putback layup off a Jessica Ackerrnan miss. Brooke Wolterstorff scored on a follow seconds later, and that proved to be a cata- Western Christian's Abby Horstman reacts after drawing a charging foul during the fourth quarter of Saturday's playoff game. WC won, 57-54, to survive. lyst for the Wolfpack as they went on a 20-4 run in the second quarter. By halftime, WC had a 30-26 lead. During the second-quarter scoring explosion, Jocelyn Bousema canned three 3-pointers, including a baseline laser that put the Wolfpack comfortably in front by six points. WC started the second half on a fortuitous note as S-O was called for a technical foul on account of its start- ing line-up. "Coach told me to put these in and it gave us a good start," said Gesink, who said those were the first two tech- nical free-throw attempts of her career. Kayla made both of tl!em and Horstman fol- lowed with a layup. Presto! The Wolfpack lead was 34-26 at the 7:38 mark of the third quarter, that forced the Generals to play catch-up for the remainder of the second half. The score was deadlocked twice, but WC never trailed during the skein. Dordt College-signee Danelle Miedema knocked down a 3-pointer on the baseline, knotting the score at 42-all with 1:52 to go in the first. Bousema respond- ed by canning a 3-pointer herself, and the Wolfpack had a three-point lead head- ing into the fourth quarter. Miedema made a running bank shot, equalizing the score at 52-all with 2:09 left in the fourth. Then came Horstman's heroics that gave the Wolfpack one last push for the win. Ackerman missed a 3-pointer off the front of the rim, which would have tied the score and sent it into extra time, just as the final buzzer sounded. Bousema finished the game scoring 14 points and Horstman had eight for WC. Miedema and Ackerman netted their averages for the season with 17 and 16 points, respectively, for the Generals. S-O made just 30 percent of its free throws (6-of-15). Saturdav's Result At Hull Class 2A Girls Playoff Game Western Christian 57, Sibley-Ocheyedan 54 Score By Quarters S-O 20 6 16 12 -- 54 WC 10 20 15 12 -- 57 Sibley-Ocheyedan (54) Katie Hansen 1 04) 2A Tessa Van Engen 3 1-4 7; Danelle Miedema 7 1-1 17; Jessica Ackerman 6 4-9 16; Breanna Gradert 2 0-1 4; Maggie Dykstra 3 0-0 6; Abby Schwarzkopf 1 0-0 2; Team -- 23 6-15 54. Western Christian (57) Kayla Gesink 8 5-8 23; Shantelle Critters I 2-4 4; Kristen Scholten 1 1-1 3; Jocelyn Bousema 5 0-2 14; Kim Kreykes 0 0-0 O; Abby Horstman 3 2-3 8; Kolette Heynen 2 0-0 4; Brooke Wolterstorff 1 0-0 2; Team -- 21 10-18 54. Three-point goals -- WC 5 (Bousema 4, Gesink), S-O 2 (Miedema); Personal Fouls -- WC 19, S-O 15; Fouled Out -- None; Technical Fouls -- S-O (line-up error, second half.) How the Pack stands With its first-round playoff vic- tory safely in two, WC improved to 11-10 on the season. The team played Central Lyon in Rock Rapids on Tuesday. Boyden-Hull's Emma Heitritter (14) dribbles toward the basket while defended by Remsen-St. Mary's McKenzie Hajek during the first half of an Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Class 1A playoff game at B-H gymnasium on Thursday. mPhoto by Eric Viccaro, Sioux County Index-Reporter Comets force 31 00turnovers in first-round 1A romp Boyden-Hull takes care, of Remsen-St. Mary's by 17 By Eric Viccaro EDITOR reating 31 turnovers. That's what the Boyden-Hull High School girls basketball accomplished on Thursday night in a 49-32 victory over Remsen" St. Mary's in the opening round of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Class 1A Region No. 1 playoffs. "We used a full-court press against them," said B-H head coach Bruce Keizer. "We wanted to try and force them into turnovers and get steals. We did a fairly good job of playing halfcourt help defense and we rebounded when we had to." B-H will play at George-Little Rock on Tuesday in the second round of the regional playoffs. Game time is set for 7 p.m. RSM finished the season with a 10-11 record, losers of its fmal six contests. G-LR defeated Rock Valley, 44-21, on Saturday to set up the game. So, while RSM was having trouble get- ting into the flow of its halfcourt offense, Boyden Hull sparked to a 12-4 lead by the end of the first quarter. "We got out tO a fast start and that's what you need in state tournaments," Keizer explained. "Whitney (Vander Maten) got us going in the first quarter with a few 3's. You could see the girls gain some corifi- dence from that." With Vander Maten making plenty of perimeter shots early, that opened the lanes for the Comets to drive to the basket, scor- Vander Maten finished with a game-best 18 points, including seven free throws, plus five assists. Emma Heitritter chipped in with seven points and nine rebounds. Hailey Koersehnan and Kassidy Van Voorst contributed six points apiece. Koersehnan also hauled in six rebounds. Additionally, Van Voorst swiped a team- best four steals. Thursday's Result Class 1A First-Round Game At Hull Boyden-Hul149, St. Mary's 32 Score By Quarters St. Mary's 4 10 6 12 -- 32 Boyden-Hull 14 8 10 17 -- 49 St. Mary's (32) Stacie Ahlers 1-9 0-0 2; Emily Klein 2-5 1-4 5; Emma Krier 5-7 1-4 11 ; Makenzie Ricke 1-1 0-4 2; Sadie Lewis 0-0 0-0 O; Mercedes Ricke 3-17 3-6 9; McKenzie Hajek 1-2 0-0 2; Brielle Biezuns 0-4 1-2 1 ; Team -- 13-44 6-20 32. Boyden-Hull (49) Hailey Koerselman 2-4 2-2 6; Kylie Hrdlicka 0-0 0-0 O; Whitney Vander Maten 4-9 7-12 18; Emma HeitrJtter 3-4 1-2 7; Kassidy Van Voorst 2-6 2-4 6; Madison Alexander 2-2 0-2 4; Nicole Ewoldt 2-12 0-0 4; Nioole Polacek 0-0 0-0 O; Hannah Rygaard 0-0 0-0 O; Kelsey Anderson 0-0 2-4 2; Jocelyn Doorenbos 0 2-2 2; Sarah Rygaard 0-1 0-0 O; Team -- 15-38 16-28 49. Three-point goals -- B-H 3-8 (Vander Maten 3-6, Ewoldt 0-1, Koerselman 0-1), RSM 0-7 (Ahlers 0-3, Mer. Ricke 0-2, Hajek 0-1, Biezuns 0-1); Rebounds -- B-H 27 (Heitritter 9), RSM 26 (Krier 10); 'Steals -- B-H 13 (Van Voorst 4), RSM 12; Assists-- B-H 7 (Vander Maten 5), RSM 7; Turnovers -- RSM 31, B-H 19; Personal Fouls -- RSM 23, B-H 20; Fouled Out -- Nicole Ewoldt (B-H), Mercedes Ricke (RSM); Technical Fouls -- None ing on !ap__ps nr drawin fnnl In the end, the Comets had 28 free-throw attempts, making 16 of those shots for 57.1 percent efficiency. Meanwhile, the Hawks made just 6-of-20 from the stripe (a paltry 30 percent). Mercedes Ricke scored on a dribble drive for RSM at the 7-minute, 32-second mark of the opening quarter. That was the only time the Hawks would hold the lead. The Comets went on an 8-0 run, sparked by a pair of Vander Maten trifectas. Whitney also fed the ball into the low post for an easy Madison Alexander layup. Nicole Ewoldt provided the Comets with their first double-digit lead at 14-4 by fol- lowing her own miss. B-H's margin bounced between seven and 13 points in the second quarter. RSM closed within 26-18 with 1:38 remaining in the third quarter as Emily Klein scored on a putback bucket. The Comets' lead was no less than nine points twice during the fourth quarter. B-H had a 1 ?-point bulge three times during the fourth quarter, including the game's final differential. Everyone but one player saw playing time. Monday's Game Rock Valley 36, Boyden-Huli 28 Boyden-Hull was within striking distance of Rock Valley, down 20-19 at the end of three quarters." However, the Rockets scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter en route to their fourth victory overall and second over B-H this season. Nicole Ewoldt paced the Comets by scoring eight points. Whitney Vander Maten netted seven points, including 3-of-7.from the free-throw line. Vander Maten also grabbed seven rebounds, dished off four assists and had four steals. Kassidy Van Voorst chipped in with six points (with one 3-pointer) and Emma Heitritter five, all from the foul line. The game was physical and 44 fouls were called. Scrapped for good Due to the cancellation of school at Okoboji on Tuesday, the Siouxland Conference game between Boyden-Hull and the Pioneers was scrapped for good. That's because the Comets began postseason play on Thursday. How the Comets stand After winning its first-round playoff contest, B-H improved to 3-18 overall.