The West Delaware girls’ basketball team lost all three games last week, including a 46-42 loss to Solon, Jan. 13, that the Hawks led late into the fourth quarter.
Against the Spartans, West Delaware shot 50% from the field, going 16-of-32 and shot 70% from the free throw line (7-of-10). But 29 turnovers cost the Hawks a chance at the win.
Tied 11-11 after the first quarter, West Delaware took a 22–-5 lead into halftime. The Hawks led 32-29 after three quarters before Solon outscored West Delaware 17-10 in the final quarter to get the win.
Besides the turnovers, West Delaware was outrebounded on the offensive glass 15-6 by the Spartans.
“I told the team at halftime it would come down to rebounding the ball. We didn’t do a very good job of that in the second half,” head coach Rod Conrad said. “We shot the ball very well but Solon ended up with 17 more shots tonight than we did.”
Allison Collier led the Hawks with 10 points and nine rebounds. “Allison did a nice job for us against Solon,” Conrad said. “She works so hard and is so easy to coach.”
Kayla Felton and Alivia Schulte each scored seven, while Ella Koloc added four, Mia Peyton and Claire Ridenour three and Danielle Krogmann and Hailey Hellmann two.
The Hawks traveled to Mount Vernon Jan. 14 and lost to the Mustangs 51-32.
Felton led West Delaware with 13 points. Koloc added six, Schulte four, Collier and Hellmann three, Carlee Smith two and Ridenour one.
West Delaware trailed 13-7 after a quarter and 28-16 at halftime.
“We got down early to Mount Vernon and kind of dug ourselves a hole and had to play catch up,” Conrad explained. “We didn’t shoot the ball as well as we did against Solon.”
West Delaware lost 64-33 at home to Central DeWitt Jan. 16. The Sabres jumped on the Hawks early, leading 21-7 after a quarter. The Hawks went 0-of-10 from the field in the second quarter, failing to score and trailing 35-7 at halftime. West Delaware trailed 59-20 after the third quarter.
The Hawks committed a season-low eight turnovers in the game.
Koloc led the Hawks with 11 points, followed by Felton with eight, Collier, Hellmann and Ridenour with four and Brooke Lewin with two.
The Hawks are 1-12 for the season. Conrad complimented his team on their determination. “This is a fun group of girls to coach. They don’t give up and are very coachable. They just keep fighting and come to practice ready to battle again. That’s all you can ask.”