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home : sports : sports Thursday, April 28, 2016

3/13/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Freshman Bailey Moellenbeck sends a pass to a teammate during the Warriors’ game with Prince of Peace.
Warrior junior Stephanie Petersen attempts a shot between two Cedar Valley Christian defenders.
Cal-Wheat girls show improvement in tough campaign

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

The record might not have shown it, but a strong case can be made that the Calamus-Wheatland girls basketball team had a better season this winter than they did last year.

Despite playing in two fewer games this year, the Warriors grabbed 48 more rebounds, dished out 34 more assists and blocked 30 more shots.

Cal-Wheat also shot better from the field (24.7 percent compared to 22.2 percent last year), made five more free throws and scored 1.6 more points per game.

Unfortunately, those improvements did not manifest themselves on the standings as the Warriors were unable to come up with a victory.

That is not to say that Cal-Wheat did not have close calls.

The Warriors dropped a tight game just before the winter break against Lisbon and held a lead for a portion of the second half against Cedar Valley Christian.

The victories are bound to come for a squad that is developing into a veteran group despite still being young.

Cal-Wheat will have to deal with the graduation of senior Abbie Moellenbeck, who led the team in scoring, steals and blocks, but just about everybody else will be back for the Warriors.

That includes five players - Tessa Kauffman, McKenna Luepker, Stephanie Petersen, Megan Slattery and Becca VanderHeiden - who took part in every game this season.

Kauffman led the team in assists with 31, while Luepker was the team's second-leading score. VanderHeiden led the team in rebounds (Petersen was third in the category) with Slattery finishing fifth on the team in steals.

Add in sophomore Sydney Kerr and a talented group of freshmen (Nina Cray, Makenna Christensen, Dana Koester, Bailey Moellenbeck and Ramsie O'Neill), and the Warriors can expect more improvement next year, especially in the standings.

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