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College basketball: Lady Jays far from perfect, but good enough

Minnesota West Lady Jay Katherin Ihnen puts up two in Saturday's college basketball game against Dordt JV. (Aaron Hagen/The Globe)

BY AARON HAGEN

The Globe

WORTHINGTON -- Emily Haubrich said it wasn’t the best game.

But nevertheless, Haubrich and the Minnesota West women’s basketball team improved to 2-0 with a 69-60 victory over Dordt JV Saturday at the Sanford Classic.

“Coming from last year and how we are this year, we could have played way better,” Haubrich said. “But it’s our second game of the season. We’ll just keep improving. It wasn’t our greatest, but it’s early in the season.”

The Lady Jays had beaten Northwestern JV the night before, and some fatigue could have played a part into the slow start, according to head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka.

“I think a little of it is we played really hard last night. It was an up and down game,” she said. “Some of us aren’t in shape yet. We’re still getting there. A little bit maybe of dead legs. I know a couple of them were pretty sore this morning. Not an excuse, just a reality of some of that. Maybe that’s part of it.”

For Haubrich, the sophomore is learning a new position as she is taking over some of the point guard duties. For the past two years, Taylor Noid had filled that role, but with her moving on, Haubrich is filling in her shoes early this season.

“I liked it a lot more when Taylor was there because she was so calm and collected with it and I’m so panicky,” said Haubrich, who finished with a game-high six assists. “It was great to have Taylor, but we have to push through it. I’ll get there, I’ll get used to it eventually.”

West shot just 35 percent from the field in the first half, but found it’s groove in the second half to shoot 52 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes.

“I think we were just too panicky,” Haubrich said. “We were all too anxious and wouldn’t run the plays and wouldn't set the screens. We were used to having it inside, so we were always trying to look for the inside game, but the passes weren’t there. If we would have ran the play and reversed it, our inside game would have been there. Coming into the third quarter, we got into the groove and we started finding our shots and finding out posts and it all worked out eventually.”

Katherin Ihnen finished with 16 points to lead MW, while Avery Van Roekel and Haubrich each had 14 points. Andrea Hinkeldey finished with 13.

“We did slow the game down and we relaxed and realized, ‘We got this, play the Lady Jay basketball that we’ve played two years,’” Haubrich said. “We just played our game and everything just fell into place.”

Dordt led 16-10 after the first quarter and maintained a 25-22 advantage late in the second. However, Ihnen scored four quick points, Alex Stanley scored on a drive and Van Roekel made two free throws to give the Lady Jays a 30-25 advantage. The Defenders scored the half’s final four points, but trailed by one at half.

A Dordt free throw tied the game at 30-all out of the halftime break, but Hinkeldey scored a basket as West took the lead. The Lady Jays never trailed in the second half.

“We have to find some rhythm on offense, no doubt,” Hayenga-Hostikka said. “Even last night, we struggled a little bit with our rhythm on offense. I guess if we can play like that and go 2-0 on the weekend, we’ll be OK.”

Dordt JV 16 29 44 60Minnesota West 10 30 49 69 DORDT JV (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) -- Veldkamp 0-1-1-3, Mann 0-1-3-5, Grubbs 1-0-0-3,Kooiker 0-5-1-11, Megchelsen 0-2-1-5, Regnerus 0-1-6-8, Noteboom 1-0-5-8, Voss 1-7-4-17. Totals 3-17-31-60.BLUEJAYS (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) -- Mike 0-0-1-1, Haubrich 4-1-0-14, Stanley 0-1-0-2, Hinkeldey 0-6-1-13, Wabeke 2-1-2-9, Van Roekel 0-4-6-14, Ihnen 0-7-2-16. Totals 6-20-12-69.
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