Lady Westerners take down Remsen St. Mary’s

Thursday, January 31, 2019
Above, Akron-Westfield’s Kassy Vanderlinden puts up a shot in the lane during Tuesday’s game against RSM. She led the team with 16 points as one of four girls in double figures for A-W.
(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil)

REMSEN — The Akron-Westfield girls came away with a 54-24 victory over Remsen St. Mary’s on Tuesday, January 22.

The A-W girls led 7-2 after a quarter in a slow start for both teams. The Westerners didn’t really get their offense up to speed until late in the first half as Jaden Harris hit a 3-pointer from the left wing and Kassy Vanderlinden followed up with one from nearly the exact same spot as the team took a 23-9 advantage into the intermission.

“I liked our defense, especially in the first half,” RSM Head Coach Scott Willman said. “A-W took us out of our offensive flow in the game.”

Vanderlinden knocked down back-to-back shots from beyond the arc in the first three minutes of the second half as the shots forced a timeout from Willman.

While the Westerners were limited to 23 points in the first half, the team scored 20 in the third quarter.

“The first quarter we were cold and we had terrible passing,” A-W Head Coach Kent Johnson said. “Then as the game went on, the passes got a lot better. You get a nice crisp pass from your guards to your posts, it changes it so much because it makes the zone shift a lot faster. By doing that we got some breakdown in their zone and got some easy buckets underneath and got some 3-point baskets outside, so it was nice to see that.”

Vanderlinden’s outside shooting helped her to a game-high 16 points for the night as she finished with three treys. It was a balanced night of scoring with four players reaching double figures for the Westerners.

“When you see four in double figures, you don’t have to rely on one person,” Johnson said.

Brooke Koele finished with 13 points and added eight rebounds and a pair of blocks. Natalie Nielsen pitched in 11 points while Harris had 10 points and four steals.

RSM, who averages nearly four made 3-point shots a game, was held without one for the first time this season. The bulk of the scoring came from Emma Galles and Brittany Johnson who finished with 10 and eight points, respectively as they each made four shots from the field.

The RSM girls (2-14) will look for a win as Clay Central-Everly visits on Friday, January 25.

The A-W girls (9-8) have now won four of their last five and will look to add another win to that as Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn visits on Friday, January 25.


A-W: Points- Vanderlinden 16, Koele 13, Nielsen 11, Harris 10, Knapp 3, Van Eldik 1.

RSM: Points- E. Galles 10, Johnson 8, Feller 3, Schroeder 3.