Decorah girls bow out in semifinals

By Becky Walz,

Finishing their senior campaigns as part of the Decorah girls’ basketball program Saturday were (l-r) Brooke Anfinson, Gabbi Dixon, Brynn Storhoff and Yazmeen Whitsitt. (Photo courtesy of Tami Bohr)

The amazing careers of four seniors came to an end Saturday night in the regional semifinals, held at Western Dubuque, 62-36.
Western Dubuque took a 17-6 record into the Class 4A Region 2 final against undefeated Waverly-Shell Rock (22-0) Tuesday, Feb. 20, for a chance at a trip to the state tournament.
Decorah finishes the year 15-8 and was second in the Northeast Iowa Conference with an 8-2 record.
The Vikings couldn’t get the offensive rhythm flowing in the bookend quarters as the Bobcats rolled out to a 15-6 lead in the first. That early momentum for the home team carried into the second, as Western Dubuque put up 17 points to lead 32-16 at halftime. Decorah cut into the lead in the third quarter but continued to trail 45-32. That was as close as they got as the Vikings scraped out just four points in the final eight minutes.
Yazmeen Whitsitt led the team with 22 points to go with four rebounds. Sydney Thompson produced six points while Brynn Storhoff provided four. Gabbi Dixon had six boards and two points. Completing the scoring was freshman Liz Bucksa with two points.
Decorah graduates four seniors off the squad — Yazmeen Whitsitt, Gabbi Dixon, Brynn Storhoff and Brooke Anfinson. However, they return with a wealth of underclass experience in Clara Hjelle, Claire Storhoff, Renae Wilson, Sydney Thompson, Liz Bucksa and Brooklyn Fromm.

Scoring – Yazmeen Whitsitt 22; Sydney Thompson 6; Brynn Storhoff 4; Gabbi Dixon 2; Liz Bucksa 2
Rebounds – Dixon 6; Whitsitt 4; Claire Storhoff 4; Bucksa 4; Thompson 2; B. Storhoff 1; Assists – B. Storhoff 1; C. Storhoff 1; Thompson 1; Steals – Whitsitt 1; C. Storhoff 1; Thompson 1; Clara Hjelle 1; Blocks – Whitsitt 1; Dixon 1

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