The West Delaware girls basketball team dropped to 1-8 as the Hawks head into holiday break after a 63-20 loss at Marion Dec. 21 and a 71-49 loss at Maquoketa Dec. 18.
West Delaware trailed 21-2 after the first quarter against Marion, and the Indians extended their halftime lead to 43-8 over the Hawks.
West Delaware shot 19 percent from the field, going 6-for-31 on the night.
“We got some decent looks, but obviously they didn’t go in,” said coach Rod Conrad. “Defensively, Marion is pretty tough. They really caused some havoc. We had a hard time getting into our offense.”
He added, “The one thing, our girls never gave up. They didn’t quit and that’s encouraging.”
Conrad said the Hawks know what they need to work on over break to improve. “We are going to be working on a lot of footwork drills and getting up a lot of shots. We have to shoot the ball better and cut down on our turnovers.”
Conrad said the team will scrimmage at Cedar Rapids Prairie as well.
Statistical leaders were: points—Kayla Felton five, Georgie Hilby three, Macey Kleitsch, Kinley Kolbet, Ella Koloc, Allison Collier, Mia Peyton and Hailey Hellman two; rebounds—Allison Collier four, Sydney Morris, Koloc and Peyton three, Miah Winkowitsch two, Brigid McMahon, Carlee Smith, Leah Wegmann, Morgan Collier and Hilby one; assists—Kleitsch two, Koloc, Morgan Collier and Allison Collier one.
Against Maquoketa, the Hawks put up the most points they’ve scored in a game this season and led 16-14 after the first quarter. West Delaware led by six late in the second quarter before a couple of easy breakaway baskets for Maquoketa and a Cardinal three-pointer at the buzzer gave Maquoketa a 35-28 lead at halftime.
The Hawks were led by Koloc’s 13 points, while Kleitsch added 12.
“Turnovers killed us tonight,” said Conrad. “We had 29 turnovers and still made a game out of it.”
Conrad addressed getting off to a good start in the locker room before the game began. “I addressed that we have to be ready to go right from the start,” he said. “We were ready to go tonight and that was so promising. This is a great group of girls to coach. I know they are trying extremely hard.”
Other statistical leaders were: points — Hilby seven, Allison Collier five, Morris and Wegmann four, Peyton and Hellman two; rebounds — Kleitsch six, Kolbet and Allison Collier four, Felton and Hilby three, Peyton two, Morris, McMahon, Wegmann, Koloc and Hellman one; assists — Kleitsch four, Koloc two, Winkowitsch one.