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West Delaware’s Claire Ridenour draws a foul.

While the West Delaware girls’ basketball team lost a pair of road games last week, the Hawks still showed they can play with the top teams in the WaMaC Conference.

Ella Koloc scored 24 points to lead the Hawks in a 56-45 loss, Jan. 22 at Solon, the #11 team in Class 3A.

West Delaware led 13-9 after a quarter and 25-22 at halftime. They trailed by three in the final minute of the third quarter before a foul and free throw gave Solon a 40-34 lead after three quarters.

Coach Matt Uthoff said his kids gave a great effort all night long. “We were beyond proud of the effort our kids gave. We really challenged them after Thursday night because we didn’t think the effort was there that night. For the kids to come out and battle on Friday after having back-to-back games, we were blown away by their effort. It showed we could compete with the top teams in our league.”

Kennedy Klostermann added nine points for the Hawks on 3-for-3 shooting from three-point range. Other statistical leaders were: points — Kayla Felton and Alicia Schulte four, Claire Ridenour and Erin Hellmann two; rebounds — Felton seven, Klostermann five, Hellmann three, Mia Peyton two, Schulte and Koloc one; assists — Schulte three, Klostermann and Peyton one; steals — Koloc six.

Thursday, Jan. 21 the Hawks lost at Monticello 46-30. The story of the game was the first half, which saw the Hawks commit 18 turnovers and only get off 13 shot attempts. The Hawks trailed the Panthers 33-12 at halftime.

“Monticello is really athletic and they have a nice group,” Uthoff said, “but they played us full court man and we hit the panic button a little bit. We had a lot of unforced mistakes.”

Uthoff said his kids played better the second half. “We switched over to our match-up zone in the second half and the kids played great. We were really pleased with the adjustments they made. I was proud of how they came back. They didn’t quit on themselves and didn’t quit on their teammates.”

Statistical leaders for the Hawks were: points — Koloc 11, Ridenour seven, Felton four, Klostermann three, Peyton and Hellmann two and Schulte one; rebounds — Koloc four, Ridenour, Klostermann and Hellmann three, Peyton and Lexi Hartman two, Felton, Schulte and Haley Hamm one; assists — Koloc and Schulte two, Hartman one; steals — Koloc four, Felton, Ridenour and Hellmann one.