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By Kate Huber, Maquoketa Valley senior
DELHI – Last week, the Maquoketa Valley girls’ basketball team traveled to Monticello for a conference rivlary game.
Because of conference changes next year, this would be the final time Maquoketa Valley would have a shot at the Panthers. Knowing the importance of the game, the girls played hard the entire time – including in double overtime.
Renee Huber led the Wildcats with 18 points and Nicole Kudrna had 13. Senior Heidi Hoeger led with five assists. Kudrna led with three steals and an extremely impressive 19 rebounds. Kudrna also had the only block of the night.
Although the Wildcats battled hard through extra play, they came up short, losing in double overtime by two.
“This game was a tough one to swallow,” Coach Scot Moenck said. “I felt our kids battled and this was a classic Maquoketa Valley-Monticello basketball game.
“We need to be able to close games out. We’ve lost two games in the last week-and-a-half that we should have won but against good teams you have to take care of the little things and pay attention to details.”
The girls bounced back last Friday, beating Springville, 47-21.
“I thought this was one of our most complete games yet,” Moenck said. “We are doing a much better job on the boards than we were at the beginning of the year.”
Hoeger and Kudrna each had 10 points while Renee Huber followed with nine. Brooke Wooten had three assists and Kudrna led once again on the boards with 13 rebounds.
The following night, the Maquoketa Valley traveled to Manchester to play another rival game against West Delaware. The girls came out ready to go and pulled off a 39-23 win against the Hawks.
Wooten led with 14 points. Hoeger had four assists and also led with nine rebounds, four of which were defensive.
“West Delaware is a very well coached team and we knew they were coming off an upset of West Dubuque the previous night, so I felt it was important to get off to a fast start,” Moenck said. “We limited our turnovers and rebounded the ball very well. I feel better with where we are at but we still have room to improve and grow as a team.”
District pairings will be released Monday.