Girls basketball gets back on track with win over Dubuque Hempstead

In search of their third win of the year, the girls basketball team picked up the pace in the second half to defeat the Mustangs 50-41 on Jan. 12.

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Owen Aanestad

BJ Mayer addresses his team during a timeout versus Dubuque Hempstead on Jan. 12.

Owen Aanestad, Online Sports Editor and Yearbook Co-Sports Editor

As one of the only few West High winter sports remaining when it comes to COVID-19 quarantines, BJ Mayer’s squad came into the night hoping to get back in the win column after dropping three straight close games to start the new year. Senior Audrey Koch added 17 points to her career total tonight to push the Trojans past Dubuque Hempstead 50-41. Koch etched her name into the history books last week after scoring her 1,000th point against Waterloo West.

BJ Mayer’s squad struggled to knock down shots for the majority of the night but easy layups for Melae’ Lacy ’24 and Anna Prouty ’23 in the post managed to keep the Trojans up early 10-8. An uncharacteristically slow first quarter put the girls basketball team up four going into the second quarter.

Emma Ingersoll-Weng ’22 and Koch connected for some fastbreak points early in the second to go along with some frontcourt pressure. West continued to struggle from beyond the arch despite some good ball movement for some open shots. After only scoring six points in the second quarter the Trojans went into the half up 18-13.

After not connecting from the three-point line all half the girls basketball team knew they were going to have to find a way to score to get to 3-3 on the year. Back-to-back transition layups from Meena Tate ’23 and Ingersoll-Weng helped the Trojans get out to a 7-0 run two minutes into the second half. A big corner three from Avery Vest ’22 opened up the three-point line and put West up 32-17 late in the third quarter.

Going into the fourth up by 11, the Trojans went back to work in hopes of keeping their lead. Koch used the dribble drive to connect from short-range throughout the fourth and knocked down a three of her own to go up 44-37. After finding an offensive groove and the ability to knock down some shots at the half the Trojans picked up their third win of the year over Dubuque Hempstead 50-41.

The girls basketball team will be back in action this Friday Jan. 15 at home against a talented Cedar Falls team.