West Sioux clips No. 14 Gehlen 62-50

Sunday, February 20, 2011
(Sentinel photo by Bethany Kroeze) Gehlen's Amber Timmins drives in for a basket during Friday's regional semifinal loss to West Sioux in Orange City.

Weerheim pours in 41 points as Falcons end Lady Jays' season in semifinal round

ORANGE CITY -- The team that scores the most points wins.

That's the basic fundamental of basketball.

(Sentinel photo by Bethany Kroeze) Gehlen's Emily Holtgrewe converts a West Sioux turnover into a quick layup during Friday's game in Orange City.

And the fewer baskets a team misses, the more chances said team has to score points.

That's how Dana Weerheim and the West Sioux Falcons knocked No. 14 Gehlen Catholic out of the Class 1A regional playoffs on Friday.

"They shot lights out," said coach Marty Kurth, whose Lady Jays ended the season with a 62-50 loss to West Sioux at MOC-Floyd Valley in the regional semifinal.

(Sentinel photo by Bethany Kroeze) Gehlen's Becca Swalve passes the ball to a teammate during Friday's regional semifinal loss to West Sioux in Orange City.

"We were down early because of that. They didn't miss at the beginning of the game and we didn't have an answer for Dana (Weerheim)."

Weerheim was 12-for-16 from the field, which includes her 5-for-8 showing beyond the arc, and added a 12-for-13 performance at the foul line as she led all scorers with 41 points.

West Sioux connected on 47 percent of its field goal attempts and was 81 percent from the free throw line.

(Sentinel photo by Bethany Kroeze) Gehlen's Steph Rohe lays in a basket during Friday's game against West Sioux.

Gehlen, on the other hand, made just 30 percent of its shots from the field and 60 percent from the foul line.

"Unfortunately it was just one of those nights where if we shoot a lot better, we probably win the game," Kurth said. "We missed 40-some shots and they didn't. That's the story of the game."

Weerheim and teammate Carissa Anderson, who scored 14 points, each knocked down a 3-point shot in the first quarter as West Sioux took a 16-10 lead eight minutes into the semifinal contest.

Weerheim drained two more treys and converted another 3-point play in the second quarter, as she scored all 13 of her team's points in the frame. West Sioux led 29-22 at the intermission.

The Falcons shut down the Lady Jays after halftime, outscoring Gehlen 13-7 in the third quarter.

Gehlen outscored West Sioux 21-20 in the final eight minutes, but by that point it was too late for the Lady Jays.

The Falcons scored just one field goal in the fourth quarter, but connected on 18-of-24 tries from the free throw line.

"We couldn't keep up with (Weerheim)," Kurth said. "She beat us on the dribble and we fouled and put her on the line."

Amber Timmins, who led the Lady Jays with 15 points, had three opportunities for 3-point plays in the fourth quarter, converting one of them to cut Gehlen's deficit to 48-39 with 5:40 to play.

Emily Holtgrewe drained a 3-pointer with 1:43 to play and Katelin Langel scored inside the one-minute mark to pull Gehlen within nine, but that was as close as the Lady Jays would get.

Timmins led Gehlen with 15 points. The junior also tallied eight rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Steph Rohe scored 14 points to go along with 11 rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Langel chipped in with 10 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals while Holtgrewe scored nine points.

West Sioux advances to Monday's Class 1A regional final, where it will face No. 2 Ar-We-Va on the road in Mapleton for a trip to the state tournament.

Gehlen ends the season with a 16-6 record after placing second in the War Eagle Conference with a 9-1 mark. The Lady Jays graduate one senior in Becca Swalve and will return the other four starters next season.

"Obviously we are disappointed on how the season ended," Kurth said.

"But looking at the season as a whole, we had a great year and we are hoping to extend that into next year and go a little further."

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