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By Kate Huber, Maquoketa Valley senior
DELHI – After Christmas break, the Maquoketa Valley girls’ basketball team started off right away with a make-up game against North-Linn in Troy Mills.
The Wildcats came out strong and played well through all 32 minutes. The girls played hard and together, but came up short losing, 45-42.
“Though it was not the end result we wanted, I was very pleased with how our team competed against North-Linn,” Maquoketa Valley Coach Scot Moenck said. “With being the first game back from break and playing on the road against a very good team, I thought we handled ourselves very well.
“I thought we rebounded well, took care of the ball for the most part. We just missed some easy bunnies and had lapses on defense and I did a poor job of clock management down the stretch. Those are all things we can and will improve on.”
Brooke Wooten led the team with 9 points and Abby Jay and Renee Huber contributed 8 each. Jay also led the team with 8 rebounds and Nicole Kudrna had the only block of the night.
The Wildcats turned around the next day and hosted a non-conference game against Anamosa. They once again came out ready to play and won easily, 72-36. Kudrna led with 19 points and Heidi Hoeger had 17. Hoeger also led with 8 boards and had with 5 assists.
Going into this game “we stressed to the team that we couldn’t let one loss beat us twice and I was so proud of how our kids came ready to play,” Moenck said. “They really came together as a group and responded like good teams do. We have a very tough stretch coming up so we need to keep improving as the year goes on.”
Moenck also likes the way the junior varsity team is playing.
“These kids are really competing at a high level,” he said. “I am really pleased with the progress these kids have made throughout the year. That says a lot of the job Coach Huber and Coach Scherrman are doing with this group.”