By Becky Walz,
The season remains alive for the South Winn girls’ basketball team (8-13) as the Warriors defeated Starmont Saturday night at home, 38-24, in the first round of Class 2A Region 4 action.
Denver ends the year 1-21. The Warriors move on to face Aplington-Parkersburg (15-6) in the quarterfinals today, Tuesday, Feb. 15, in Aplington, at 7 p.m.
After Starmont took a 5-1 lead by the 3:51 mark of the first period, it was all South Winn in Saturday’s game. The Lady Warriors combined a Janessa Zweibahmer free throw with back-to-back treys from Morgan Kriener and Morgan Kleve to lead 8-5 at the end of the opening quarter. The SW defense kept the Stars from scoring through the first half of the second period, while stretching the lead to 16-11 at halftime. South Winn held the Stars to a single basket in the third, pulling ahead 25-13.
“That’s a good tough win for this program. Starmont plays in a loaded conference so we knew going into it that they were better than their record showed. We played extremely hard and kept our composure and that helped us on both ends of the floor,” said Coach Justin Izer.
SW had a balanced scoring column with Alison Heying knocking down a team-high 10 points, along with five rebounds and two steals. It was a career night for fellow junior Morgan Kriener with nine points, five assists and five rebounds. Adding eight points and 14 boards to the stat book was Janessa Zweibahmer.
Starmont 5 6 2 11 24
South Winn 8 8 9 13 38
Scoring – Alison Heying 10; Morgan Kriener 9; Janessa Zweibahmer 8; Josie Tieskoetter 6; Morgan Kleve 5
Rebounds – Zweibahmer 14; Kleve 9; Tieskoetter 8; Heying 5; Kriener 5; Hailey Riehle 1; Josie Hemesath 1; Aubrey Willey 1; Assists – Kriener 5; Tieskoetter 2; Zweibohmer 1; Steals – Heying 2; Zweibahmer 1; Zweibohmer 1; Hemesath 1; Blocks – Zweibohmer 1