Viking girls basketball team plays good defense against Waverly, but has trouble scoring

Posted: Sat, Dec 14, 2019 1:04 PM
Emma Nierengarten dribbles the basketball

The Waverly-Shell Rock girls basketball team beat Oelwein 79-5 on Tuesday night.  The Go-Hawks are ranked #14 in the state in Class 4A.

So the Decorah Viking's 40-20 loss to Waverly at home Friday night showed promise for the rest of the season for the Vikings.  Decorah held an early lead and trailed only 23-14 at halftime.

But all game long the Vikings had trouble with Waverly's defensive pressure and ended the night scoring just 20 points--10 from Bryar Duwe, 7 from Kylah Quandahl and 3 from Ambria Pipho.

When the buzzer ended the game, Decorah had lost 40-20, dropping the Vikings' record to 4-2 and 0-2 in the NEIC.

Decorah head coach Shannon Quandahl said she was pleased with her squad's effort--especially on defense.  The Vikings held Waverly star Abbie Draper, who has verbally committed to play college basketball at Bradley University, to just 10 points in the game.  In fact, Draper wasn't even her team's high scorer--Britney Young had 15 points.

"We struggled to find ways to score against a solid Waverly defense, but I'm confident we will get better," said Quandahl.

Decorah will host Oelwein on Tuesday night, then will travel to New Hampton on Friday night.

Bryar Duwe had 10 points for the Vikings
Ambria Pipho shoots a free throw
Abigail Milburn