HULL, Iowa | Ashtyn Veerbeek scored a career-high 39 points and Hull Western Christian needed ever one of them in a come-from-behind 65-59 girls basketball win over Sergeant Bluff-Luton here Thursday night.
Veerbeek, a University of Nebraska recruit, also snared 15 rebounds and blocked five shots as the Wolfpack (7-0), ranked No. 3 in Iowa Class 2A, rallied in the fourth quarter.
Sergeant Bluff-Luton (5-3), ranked 14th in 4A, had the upper hand for most of three quarters, leading for all but four minutes of the first quarter. Kenzie Foley tossed in a career-high 28 points for the Warriors, who had leads of 13-8 after one quarter, 29-24 at halftime and 46-44 at the end of the third quarter.
Veerbeek had 14 points in the fourth quarter, tying it at 46-46 seconds into the stanza. Olivia Granstra gave the Wolfpack their first lead since the 4-minute mark of the first quarter with a free throw and after SB-L drew even on an Anna Lucas free throw, Veerbeek nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key.
That shot, made possible by a hustle rebound from Jessi De Jager, put Western Christian in front for good. The Wolfpack went on a 15-7 spurt to take control.
“It wasn't the prettiest thing but we found a way to grind it out,” Western Christian Coach Justin Negen said. “That's a good team over there, a ranked 4A team. They are a competitive and experienced group, know how to play well together and are balanced. So I was just proud of our effort to find a way to get it done.”
Granstra and De Jager added eight points apiece for the Wolfpack while Abby Postma pulled down seven rebounds.
Abby Wisecup tallied 18 for SB-L, all but four in the first half.