Western Dubuque’s girls’ basketball team picked up a much-needed Mississippi Conference win at Waterloo East, Feb. 4, leading from wire-to-wire in a 64-36 win. The Bobcats improved to 5-14 on the year, while East remained winless at 0-19.
The Bobcats had three double-figure scorers on the evening, with sophomore Madison Maahs leading the way with 17 points. Jenna Fiedler was close behind with 15, and senior post Emma Gile had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Western Dubuque was ready to roll early, and jumped to a 15-6 lead after eight minutes. East kept things interesting, outscoring the Bobcats 14-11 in the second period to narrow the gap to 26-20 at the half.
“We were very balanced from the start,” said Western Dubuque coach Amy Ostwinkle. “We were able to press and get the tempo going.”
Western Dubuque came out of the break to outscore the Trojans 38-16 in the second half, with a 20-6 fourth quarter run sealing the deal.
“We’re more successful when we’re a fast-paced team,” said Ostwinkle. “With East we were able to go with our game plan and push the ball. We were able to speed them up and cause turnovers and that helped us get some offense going.”
“We were able to score 64 points,” she added. “ That’s the most we’ve had all season and it gave us some confidence.”
Defensively, Western Dubuque limited East to 23 percent shooting (13-of-57) and outrebounded the Trojans 41-27.
Western Dubuque’s statistical leaders against Waterloo East were: scoring — Maahs 17, Fiedler 15, Gile 14, Abigail Kluesner eight, Ashley Costello seven, Teresa Petsche three; rebounds — Gile 11, Kluesner nine. Fiedler seven, Costello and Maahs five, Leah Digmann three, Maddie Goodman one; assists — Fiedler seven, Costello three, Digmann two, Goodman one; steals — Costello three, Fiedler and Maahs two, Maddie Harris, Goodman and Gile one; blocks — Harris one.
The Bobcats returned home for a senior night meeting with Class 5A, No. 7 Cedar Falls, Feb. 7, and the Tigers looked most deserving of that ranking, knocking down 10 three-pointers on the night on the way to a 64-24 win.
“Cedar Falls shot the ball so well. We tried different defenses to try and slow them down, but they just move the ball so well that it’s hard to recover,” said Ostwinkle.
It was 23-6 after a quarter, with two scores from Maahs and a chip shot by Harris the only Bobcat scores, and when Cedar Falls limited Western Dubuque to only two points in the second quarter — a Maahs basket in the final minute of the half — it was 44-8 at the break.
“Cedar Falls switches defenses so effectively,” Ostwinkle said. “When you come down the floor you have to try and figure out what they’re in. Their combination of quickness and length is tough to attack.”
With the clock running continuously, the third quarter passed without a stoppage, and with both squads getting the entire roster involved in the final period, the Tigers cruised to the 40-point win.
“We did some things well,” said Ostwinkle. “We need to just keep battling. We have one more week and then everybody is back to 0-0. We just need to have that mentality and get off to a fresh start.”
The Bobcats shot 10-of-48 in the contest (21%) and only 2-of-6 from the line, while Cedar Falls was 24-of-58 (41%), including 10 threes.
Western Dubuque’s statistical leaders against Cedar Falls were: scoring — Maahs 11, Fiedler 7, Digmann four, Harris two; rebounds — Gile seven, Maahs six, Fiedler four, Goodman and Kluesner three, Costello and Digmann one; assists — Fiedler two, Sydney hill, Maahs and Gile one; steals — Fiedler one; blocks — Gile two, Maahs one.