They keep rolling! West Hancock girls put together a complete game to move on to State

Joella Leider photo

The West Hancock girls jump with joy after officially punching their ticket to the State Tournament by defeating Kingsley-Pierson 76-44 in Sioux Rapids on Feb. 18.
Photo courtesy of Blake Stubbs, The Record, Moville, IA

            A year ago the West Hancock girls basketball team was on the cusp of a State tournament berth.

            The team lost in devastating fashion in overtime against Kee from Lansing.

            The team didn’t look the same as they had during the season and they failed to score a single point in OT in the 39-46 defeat.

            On Feb. 18, the second-ranked Eagles atoned for their missed opportunity by defeating No. 10 Kingsley-Pierson 76-44 in the Class 1A Regional championship in Sioux Rapids.

            “This team has been, I don’t know if you want to say, destined in their minds to find some time down here at State,” coach Paul Sonius said. “This group this year was not going to be denied.”

            The game was a culmination of their determination in the 2018-2019 season, in which they’ve steam-rolled through the majority of their schedule on the way to Des Moines.

With their physical and intense style, the team had left an impression in the first quarter leading to the team pulling away in the second half for a convincing win.

            The Eagles took a 15-5 lead at some point in the first, but Kingsley-Pierson managed to put the game to 15-11 to end the quarter.

            But the opposition already showed signs of fatigue, so much so that the West Hancock players had commented about it during timeouts.

Read the complete story in the Feb. 27 Leader.