Home court advantage couldn’t overcome poor offensive performances in the first quarter as the West Delaware girls basketball team dropped a 49-36 game to South Tama Dec. 14 and lost to Beckman, 47-20, Dec. 11.

Against South Tama, the Hawks found themselves down 15-7 after a quarter of play and 31-17 at halftime.

West Delaware limited South Tama to eight third-quarter points but still trailed 39-22 after three quarters.

The Hawks did improve their field goal percentage from previous outings, going 12-of-37 for 32 percent.

Coach Rod Conrad lamented his team’s slow start. “We have to get off to a better start in the first quarter. We fell behind and had to play catch up.”

Foul trouble also plagued the Hawks as Georgie Hilby picked up two quick fouls and Sydney Morris fouled out of the game. In addition, Eva Winn didn’t play due to injury.

West Delaware had 12 steals in the game. “We were able to get transition baskets from a lot of those steals,” Conrad said. “That’s great to see. We have some quick guards and need to do more of that.”

Statistical leaders were: points — Kleitsch and Ella Koloc nine, Miah Winkowitsch and Hailey Hellman five, Allison Collier three, Leah Wegmann and Mia Peyton two, Georgie Hilby one; rebounds — Collier six, Hellman five, Kleitsch, Wegmann, Koloc, Hilby and Peyton three, Morris one; assists — Kleitsch two, Morris, Danielle Krogmann, Koloc, Collier and Hilby one; steals — Koloc four, Hilby three, Morris, Kleitsch, Wegmann, Hellman and Kayla Felton one.

The Hawks again dug themselves a hole against Beckman, trailing 20-4 after a quarter and 36-10 at halftime.

West Delaware shot 8-of-37 from the field and went 0-for-6 from three-point range.

“We worked on breaking their defense,” Conrad explained. “They also beat us back in transition and got a lot of easy baskets. Our goal was to keep Beckman in the 30s. Had we played solid defense in the first half, we had a chance to do that.”

The Hawks played better defensively in the second half, holding the Blazers to 11 points.

Statistical leaders were: points — Winn six, Kleitsch four, Kinley Kolbet, Wegmann, Koloc, Collier and Hellman two; rebounds — Wegmann, Koloc and Collier four, Winn, Kleitsch and Hilby three, Winkowitsch and Peyton one; assists — Peyton two, Kleitsch, Wegmann and Collier one; steals — Kleitsch five, Hilby four, Koloc two, Winn and Morris one.