Lady Westerners enter break on season-long winning streak

Thursday, December 28, 2017

REMSEN — Akron-Westfield scored a season-high in points as they beat Remsen St. Mary’s 69-32 on Tuesday, December 19, to enter the break riding a three-game winning streak.

“We ran our offense well tonight, broke the press, did everything we were supposed to do,” Akron-Westfield Head Coach Kent Johnson said. “You don’t want to lose a game before Christmas break because then you have seven days to think about it, so it was nice to get the win here.”

The Westerners pulled out to a 20-5 lead after a quarter as Jaden Harris stole a ball and took it all the way for a layup as time expired at the end of the first.

A-W added to their lead as Danika Smith hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start the second quarter. Johnson said it was nice to see Smith have a good game after a disappointing 1-of-7 night on Monday.

“Danika Smith had a good night shooting the ball,” Johnson said. “The night before, she struggled. Tonight she shot the ball very well. When that happens, it opens up other people and they put some buckets in.”

Smith led the team with 18 points in the game as she made four 3-pointers in the game. She also had three steals.

A highlight for the Hawks came at the end of the third quarter as Tori Galles fought off a pair of Westerners for a rebound, then took the ball up the floor herself and hit a 3-pointer just before the buzzer. The score was 57-28 at that point.

The Hawks surpassed their scoring total from their previous two games combined and scored their most points since a Dec. 1 matchup against South O’Brien. RSM Head Coach Scott Willman commented his team showed spurts of doing some things better and that his team left feeling better about their performance than the last few games.

Brooke Koele ended with 14 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots.

Brynn Van Eldik finished with 13 points to go along with eight rebounds, four steals and three assists.

Harris and Elise Knapp each concluded with nine points as Harris led the team with six steals.

Carly Ortmann led the Hawks with eight points while Sydney Schorg followed with seven and Lexi Harpenau ended with five.

Remsen St. Mary’s enters break with an overall record of 0-9. They will resume play on Jan. 4 at home against Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn.

A-W 20 25 12 12 69

RSM 5 14 9 4 32