In yet another matchup with a highly ranked team, Western Dubuque’s girls’ basketball team fell to Class 5A’s third-ranked Waterloo West, 66-29, Dec. 21, in Waterloo.

West improved to 7-1 — with its only loss a 48-46 contest with No. 2 City High — while the Bobcats dropped their fifth in a row and fell to 2-7, with four of their losses to ranked teams.

“West showed why they are a top-five team in the state,” said coach Amy Ostwinkle. “They have so many weapons that if you take away one, another one will step up and hurt you.”

West, a state tournament semifinalist in 2020, led from wire to wire, opening up a 22-9 lead after eight minutes and expanding the advantage to 42-16 at the half.

Western Dubuque managed only single-digit scoring in each of the four periods as the WaHawks outscored the Bobcats 24-13 in the second half.

The Bobcats made 12-of-44 field goals (27.3%) and 2-of-5 free throws, while committing 29 turnovers.

Ostwinkle looks for her team to be a much-improved squad after the midseason break.

“We are excited to get back to work over break and make a big jump as we head into the second half of the season,” Ostwinkle said. “Our younger players are continuing to grow every day and are responding to the test of MVC competition.”

Western Dubuque’s statistical leaders against Waterloo West were: scoring — Kaitlyn Thole 11, Karrington Asp 10, Maddy Maahs and Ella Clark three, Hailey Wulfekuhle two; rebounds — Thole 10, Asp eight, Maahs five, Wulfekuhle and Leah Digmann two, Clark, Jacinda McDermott and Lucy Ehlers one; assists — Wulfekuhle and Asp three; steals — Clark three, Wulfekuhle, Maahs and Digmann one.