Western Dubuque’s girls’ basketball team picked up a 37-29 non-league win at Mount Vernon, Feb. 2, before dropping a 48-30 Mississippi Valley Conference contest to Hempstead, Feb 5, and a 65-48 decision at Class 3A’s No. 11 West Liberty, Feb. 6. The Bobcats are now 4-15 on the season.
Mount Vernon has struggled this season, with only one win, but the Mustangs gave Western Dubuque all it could handle as the two teams were tied 16-16 at the half. It was a one-point game after three before a decisive 13-6 fourth quarter sealed the win for the Bobcats.
“Our girls did a great job of executing in the fourth quarter to get the victory over Mount Vernon,” said coach Amy Ostwinkle.
Freshman guard Carson Koerperich led the way with 16 points, five steals and four assists, while Madison Maahs chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds.
“Carson continues to show her versatility and Maddy also had a strong performance,” said Ostwinkle. “Although we did not shoot the ball well, our girls stayed tough on the defensive end and held Mount Vernon to single digits every quarter. Our pressure forced them into 23 turnovers and we were able to outrebound them by 11 even with their size down low.”
Western Dubuque statistics against Mount Vernon: scoring — Koerperich 16, Maahs 12, Abigail Kluesner three, Brooklyn Firzlaff, Hailey Wulfekuhle and Morgan Mescher two; three-point goals — Maahs one; rebounds — Maahs 10, Kluesner five, Firzlaff and Wulfekuhle four, Mescher three, Koerperich and Ella Clark two; assists — Koerperich four, Maahs two, Firzlaff and Wulfekuhle one; steals — Koerperich five, Firzlaff and Maahs two, Wulfekuhle, Kluesner, Clark and Mescher one; team shooting — 14-of-42 (33.3%); team free throws — 8-of-19 (42.1%); turnovers — 16.
Dubuque Hempstead turned the tables on the Bobcats in Epworth, reversing a 48-43 December loss. Western Dubuque’s shooting was nearly as cold as the weather outside, as the Bobcats converted only 11-of-53 shots from the field.
“It was a rough shooting night for us against Hempstead. We got good looks on the offensive end. We just were unable to get them to fall,” said Ostwinkle. “Our young players are continuing to put in the time and know in the long run it will pay off.”
Hempstead led 21-11 at the halftime break, and extended that advantage to 38-15 after three to cruise to the win.
Western Dubuque statistics against Hempstead: scoring — Koerperich 13, Maahs 10, Firzlaff, Wulfekuhle and Mescher two, Kluesner one; three-point goals — Koerperich three, Maahs one; rebounds — Maahs nine, Clark five, Firzlaff, Koerperich and Kluesner four, Wulfekuhle two, Mallory Feldmann one; assists — Firzlaff and Koerperich two, Clark one; steals — Firzlaff three; team shooting — 11-of-53 (20.8%); team free throws — 4-of-6 (66.6%); turnovers — 10.
Drake volleyball recruit Macey Daufeldt scored 29 points to lead West Liberty to its win over the Bobcat there, Feb. 6. The Comets raced to a 20-6 lead after a quarter and Western Dubuque — while playing even the remainder of the contest — couldn’t recover.
“The first quarter was really the difference in the game. We gave them too many second-chance opportunities and transition looks early,” said Ostwinkle. “We stayed even with them the rest of the way and just couldn’t cut into the lead.
“I was happy to see more of our outside shots fall and better balance on the offensive end. The balance of our scoring stemmed from our ball movement against their zone and making the extra pass to teammates.”
Western Dubuque statistics against West Liberty: scoring — Koerperich 12, Wulfekuhle 11, Maahs nine, Kluesner eight, Firzlaff five, Feldmann three; three-point goals — Wulfekuhle three, Koerperich and Maahs two, Firzlaff and Feldmann one; rebounds — Firzlass, Koerperich, Maahs and Kluesner four, Feldmann and Clark three, Mescher two; assists — Firzlaff and Maahs four, Feldmann and Clarktwo, Koerperich one; steals — Koerperich three, Wulfekuhle two, Maahs and Clark one; team shooting — 17-of-45 (37.8%); team free throws — 5-of-11 (45.5%); turnovers — 21.