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7th and 8th grade girls basketball


7TH GRADE

The 7th grade girls' basketball team put three more in the books. The A-team beat West Branch, but lost against Mid-Prairie and Durant.

The teams traveled to West Branch on Friday, Nov. 22 where the A-team came away with a 29-19 victory while the B-team played to a 6-6 tie in a 15 minute running clock contest.

During the A game, Macy Akers paced her team with 21 points, 1 rebound and 3 steals.

"She has really stepped up to being the floor general, guiding A-team with little experience. We are making progress and hopefully the girls continue to improve," commented Coach Goos.

Her teammates contributed the following: Sydni Dalton 2/0/0, Katie Schneider 4/3/2, Parker Werling 0/3/4 and Elizabeth Baca 0/4/1.

In the B game Skylar Wendt stepped up with 4 points, 3 rebounds and 0 steals. Her teammates contributed the following: Michelle Torres 0/0/0, Nixsia Melchor 2/2/1, Ivania Palma 0/2/0, Xitlalli Rangel 0/2/1, Angey Sanchez 0/0/0 and Airm Quiroz 0/3/1.

Mid-Prairie came to visit on Monday, Nov. 25 and participated in a close contest with the A-team. The young Comets led at half-time 18-17, but could not hold on and lost 27-34.

Again, the bulk of the offense came from Akers scoring 23 points, grabbing 3 rebounds and making 5 steals.

"The difference in the game was that the team could not convert lay-ups off of Akers's spot on passing. We shoot a lot of short shots in practice and we are going to have to keep emphasizing them to get over the losing hump" said Coach Goos.

Teammates contributed the following: Dalton 0/2/0, Schneider 2/2/0, Melchor 0/0/0, Werling 2/2/2 and Baca 0/2/1.

The B-team lost 12-22, but doubled its previous high scoring output of 6 points. A big factor was 8 points from Wendt, along with her 3 rebounds and 6 steals.

Teammates added the following: Torres 0/0/0, Melchor 4/2/4, Palma 0/2/0, Rangel 0/3/2, Sanchez 0/0/0 and Quiroz 0/1/0.

The team traveled to Durant on Monday, Dec. 2, and tried to work off some of its Thanksgiving dinner. Both the A and B teams suffered losses.

The A team fell 24-50. Macy Akers scored 18 points, had 2 rebounds and 1 steal. Teammate contributions came from Sydni Dalton 3/1/0, Katie Schneider 3/1/1, Parker Werling 0/3/1, Elizabeth Baca 0/11/4 and Skylar Wendt 0/0/0.

The B team fell 6-42. Michelle Torres had 2 points, 1 rebound and 0 steals. Teammate contributions came from Nixsia Melchor 2/4/0, Ivania Palma 2/3/0, Xitlalli Rangel 0/2/1, Angey Sanchez 0/0/0, Airm Quiroz 0/1/0 and Skylar Wendt 0/6/0.

The girls have a week and a half before their next game, so time in the practice gym will be welcomed.

"Hopefully we can still make improvements to help us finish the season on an up note," commented Coach Goos.

8TH GRADE

The eighth grade girls' basketball A-team had one away game away against Mid-Prairie before Thanksgiving, taking the win 46-32.

In the first half, West Liberty played well offensively, making several shots and created several turnovers on defense and taking a 36-18 lead. In the second half, the Comets struggled on both sides of the ball. Several turnovers on offense led to many Mid-Prairie baskets.

Although West Liberty was outscored in the second half, it was able to close the game with a victory 46-32, going on to a 7-1 record for the season.

Tatum Koenig led the team with 22 points (8 steals, 5 rebounds) while her teammates contributed with the following; Brianna Morales, 12 points (5 steals, 9 rebounds); Sarah Seele, 4 points (3 steals); Zoey Boehme, 4 points (3 rebs); Mariela Filerio, 4 points (6 steals, 5 rebs).

The B-team put forth a great scoring and defensive effort for its victory. With seven different scorers; it was able to take a 20-2 halftime lead.

The girls never looked back, performing just as strong in the second half for a 36-3 victory, putting B-team at 6-2 for the season.

Emma Martin and Sihisla Puentes led the team with 8 points while the other teammates contributed with the following: Brookelyn Harned, 6 points (4 rebs, 3 steals); Josie Jimenez, 6 points (3 rebs); Mariela Filerio, 4 points (3 rebs); Lauren Aird, 2 points (3 rebs); Emily Vance, 2 points (5 rebs, 5 steals); Nikita Biesler (2 rebs, 2 steals); Alexia Martinez (2 steals).

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