A-W basketball falls short against West Sioux

Monday, January 16, 2023

AKRON — The Akron-Westfield basketball teams squared off against West Sioux on Tuesday in games which did not count toward the War Eagle Conference standings.

The A-W girls came up a bucket short in a close 56-54 loss. The Westerners made 11 3-pointers in the game, but it still wasn’t quite enough to get the win. Alyssa Nemesio sank four triples as part of her 17 points.

Leading scorer Makenzie Hughes added two 3-pointers as she finished with 19 points. All nine of Allie Swoyer’s points came from three makes from beyond the arc while Lainey Schuknecht knocked down a pair of threes to go with a free throw to make up her seven points.

Hughes finished with a double-double as she pulled down 12 rebounds to go along with her team-high in points. She also led the team with six assists and was second on the team with three steals, trailing only Swoyer’s four steals.

West Sioux made seven 3-pointers, five of which came from Addi Dekkers to make up all of her 15 points. Cassie Koopmans had the other two as she scored eight points.

Mia Danielson led the Falcons with a double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds. Molly Hulshof and Elizabeth Westra added eight points apiece.

West Sioux sweeps the regular season series after winning 49-40 in December’s conference-counting contest. It is the first time the Falcons have won swept the season series since claiming both contests of the 2018-19 season.

Akron-Westfield fell to 3-7 with the loss. West Sioux improved to 4-5 with the win.

An early 27-9 deficit after a quarter was too much for the Akron-Westfield boys to overcome. West Sioux only added two points to the final margin of victory across the final three quarters as they won by a 68-48 final score.

West Sioux had a hot-shooting night from the perimeter compared to a cold one for the Westerners. West Sioux made 10 3-pointers in the game on nearly 48 percent shooting. The Westerners shot just 15 percent from distance, making 3-of-20.

Mason Coppock had seven triples for the Falcons which helped him to a team-high 25 points. Dylan Wiggins had the other three treys as that brought him his nine total points in the game. Booker Walsh was efficient closer to the basket, making 9-of-10 shots as part of his 19 points.

Jackson Marnach finished with 23 points and 17 rebounds for a double-double to lead the Westerners in both categories.

Next on the team were Laytin Koch, Tatum Wilken, Jack Terpstra and Kasey Nielsen with four points apiece. Wilken led the team with two steals and a blocked shot. Nielsen was second on the team with eight rebounds.

West Sioux continues their winning streak in the series which has lasted a decade. The Falcons swept the regular season series as they won 76-49 in the conference-counting game in December.

West Sioux improved to 8-1 with the win. Akron-Westfield fell to 1-9 with the loss.

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