Western Dubuque’s Karrington Asp scores inside during the Bobcats’ 49-44 loss to West Delaware, in Epworth, Dec. 6.

West Delaware overcame a slow start offensively to defeat Western Dubuque’s girls’ basketball team, 49-44, in a non-conference tilt, in Epworth, Dec. 6.

“This was a tough one. We made runs, but we could never get back to where we needed to be,” said coach Amy Ostwinkle. “They play hard, but we seemed out of sync a bit compared to Friday. We were hesitant on the offensive end and got into foul trouble early. It makes a difference and gets into your mind a little bit. It makes you less aggressive on both ends of the floor and gives them better looks.”

The Bobcats had difficulty converting from the free throw line down the stretch.

“It’s a game you want back and would like to play again,” Ostwinkle said. “It has been a struggle recently. It’s taking your time, taking a deep breath. They seem really rushed, but it will come over time. It does make a difference.

“There was a possession where we had free throws, got the offensive board and then missed them again. That could be a three-point play that makes a difference in a tight ballgame.”

The Bobcats pounded the ball into the post and had West Delaware in foul trouble in the second half.

“Karrington and Kaitlyn are coming into their own. They are gaining more confidence,” said Ostwinkle. “When Krogmann went out it made a big difference for us. When they were in foul trouble at the end of the game, we wanted to stop the clock and get to the free throw line, and we did, but it was a little too late by that time.”

Western Dubuque hit 15-of-37 field goals (40.5%) and 14-of-26 free throws (53.8%). The Bobcats were hurt by 27 turnovers.

Western Dubuque’s statistics against West Delaware were: scoring — Kaitlyn Thole 13, Karrington Asp 11, Madison Maahs eight, Leah Digmann and Hailey Wulfekuhle three, Ella Clark, Jacinda McDermott and Natalie Leisen two; rebounds — Maahs 10, Asp seven, Clark five, Carson Koerperich and Lucy Ehlers two, Digmann, Wulfekuhle, McDermott and Haylee DeLong one; assists — Thole two, Maahs, DeLong and McDermott one; steals — Thole two, Clark, Digmann, Wilfekuhle, Asp, Maahs, Leisen and Ehlers one.

Class 5A’s seventh-ranked Iowa City West took care of business in Epworth, Dec. 7, racing to a 75-52 win over the Bobcats.

West dominated the first half, taking a 24-12 first-quarter lead and extending that advantage to 46-26 at the halftime break. A more competitive second half saw things end with the Trojans winning by 23.

“We had a strong start taking an early lead. West turned up their defensive pressure and we struggled taking care of the ball in the full court,” Ostwinkle said. “Too many turnovers on our part led to too many fast-break opportunities for West.

“In the half-court, I thought we did a nice job attacking the rim and getting to the free throw line. Kaitlyn Thole continues to make an impact on both ends with a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Karrington Asp added 12 points and five rebounds.”

The Bobcats shot 18-of-43 (41.9%) from the floor and converted 13-of-19 free throws (68.4%). The turnover bug again hurt the Bobcats, with 24.

Leading WD against West were: scoring — Thole 14, Asp 12, Maahs seven, McDermott five, DeLong and Leisen four, Wulfekuhle and Ehlers three; rebounds — Thole 13, Maahs six, Asp five, Clark three, Ella Rowles two, Wulfekuhle, Leisen and Ehlers one; assists — Maahs three, Gabby Kaiser two, Wulfekuhle, Asp, McDermott, DeLong and Ehlers one; steals — Maahs two, Asp one.

The Bobcats rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit, at Dubuque Hempstead, Dec. 11, but came up just short in a 57-54 loss to the Mustangs.

“In the first half we did not get enough shots up and Hempstead capitalized on it, taking a 12-point lead into the break,” Ostwinkle said. “Our girls did a tremendous job responding in the second half. Although it ended in a loss, we cut it down to three and had chances in the fourth quarter to tie the game up. The little things are making a difference right now, and if we fix them, we will continue to see growth.”

It was 17-9 after eight minutes, and Hempstead extended that advantage to 34-22 at the break. There was no quit in the young Bobcats, and they slashed the lead to three points with three minutes remaining, but that was as close as they would get.

“Karrington Asp continues to gain confidence in her early career with 21 points, four assists and six rebounds. Madison Maahs has been the leader on our team, and it really showed in the second half. Her determination and toughness allowed us to cut down Hempstead’s lead.”

The Bobcats hit 21-of-46 from the floor (45.7%) and 9-of-15 free throws.

Western Dubuque statistics: scoring — Asp 21, Maahs 16, Thole seven, Wulfekuhle five, Clark three, DeLong two; rebounds — Maahs 10, Thole seven, Asp six, Clark two, Wulfekuhle one; assists — Asp and Maahs four, Clark, Wulfekuhle, Digmann, McDermott and Feldmann one; steals — Maahs three, Wulfekuhle and Thole one.