The West Delaware girls basketball team knew they had their hands full playing a Maquoketa Cardinals team that starts four seniors. A five-minute scoring drought to start the game made things worse.

The Hawks fell behind 13–0 to start the game and never caught up, falling to Maquoketa 58–32 at Seedorff Gymnasium Jan. 3.

Danielle Krogmann’s three-pointer got the Hawks on the board before the Cardinals scored the next six points to lead 19–3. Kayla Felton added a pair of free throws late in the quarter and the Hawks trailed 19–5 at the quarter.

Coach Rod Conrad said Maquoketa’s defense gave his team trouble. “We had some good looks and opportunities to score, but we played too quick offensively. Hats off to Maquoketa, they made us play quick.”

West Delaware’s Allison Collier picked up her third foul a minute into the second quarter, sending her to the bench. “Allison is a leader out there for us and she communicates, letting people know what to do,” said Conrad, adding that a lack of communication hurt his team defensively. “I thought there were times when we didn’t know what we were in on defense.”

The Hawks trailed 31–15 at halftime, playing Maquoketa evenly in the second quarter. Conrad was pleased with how his girls responded in the quarter. “We played right with them. We turned it around and got them to call a time out.”

The Cardinals led 43–21 after three quarters.

“We ran into a buzz saw tonight,” Conrad said. “Maquoketa starts four seniors who have played a lot of basketball together.”

The Cardinals had three players in double figures and were led by Nell Sybesma’s 22 points.

Krogmann’s six points led the Hawks. Other Hawks scoring were Claire Ridenour and Felton five, Erin Hellmann four, Ella Koloc and Carlee Smith three and Alissa Holtz, Brooke Lewin and Collier two.

Conrad said his team worked hard over the holiday break, scrimmaging at Cedar Rapids Prairie, where they played three teams. “Practice over break was great. We won a couple of our games at Prairie. The girls had fun and we improved.”

The Hawks are now 1–8.