SIOUX CITY – West girls basketball coach Betsy Boetger got what see wanted out of a season-opening contest.
Boetger was able to see all of her available players get ample playing time as the Wolverines posted an 84-41 victory over Lawton-Bronson on Tuesday.
“We saw a lot of positives,” said Boetger, beginning her eighth season. “We had great teamwork, great passing and that they played hard and overall we are very proud of them.”
Hallie Dicus, one of four seniors in the starting lineup for West, led the way with 18 points. The 5-foot-9 wing-player hit three 3-pointers in the game as all four seniors scored in double figures.
Carly Knutson-Kobold, the team’s leading returning scorer from last winter, tallied 13 points. Madison Clayton added 11 points and four rebounds while point guard Ashley Gruis chipped in 10.
The Wolverines jumped to a 24-13 lead after one quarter and it was 44-21 at halftime as the hosts limited Lawton-Bronson to just seven field goals in the first 16 minutes.
“Defense is our focus,” said Boetger. “We run a lot of different defenses. We need to keep working on rotations and getting to where we need to be at.
“Overall, the seniors responded to our challenge but a lot of things we still need to work on.”
Braedyn Downs, a 5-8 sophomore, was one of the bench players to see ample playing time and scoring her first varsity points of her career. She finished with her first double-figure outing with 12 points.
The schedule heats up for the Wolverines before Christmas as they play all six of the other Missouri River Conference foes beginning with Sergeant Bluff-Luton on Monday.
“Our next six games are all conference games,” said Boetger. “We have to definitely pick it up. We have some things to work on, but we’ll get there.
“We are proud of the things we saw tonight, especially with their teamwork and their passing, they were engaged and we are very proud of the way they played.”
Kaitlin Ricke, the leading returning scorer for Lawton-Bronson, led the way with 11 points.
Maggie Oehlerking, one of five freshmen for the Eagles who have no seniors on their 10 player varsity roster, tallied 10 points in a reserve role.
Lawton-Bronson, coming off a 7-16 campaign, showed its youth with 37 turnovers in the game.
Boetger could not comment specifically on when newcomers to the team in Jayda Graham, a transfer from North and Bricelyn Comstock, a transfer from South Sioux City, would be available.