Missed scoring opportunities eventually caught up to Sibley East’s girls’ basketball team on Monday.
Al Ihrke’s Lady Wolverines opened their 2006-2007 campaign with a 46-36 loss to Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop in non-conference play at Arlington.
Sibley East, against GFW’s zone defense, had several uncontested shots from the perimeter but could not convert.
“We didn’t shoot real well but that can be expected early in the season,” coach Ihrke said. “We had some good looks at the basket but our shots were not falling. Once we gain some confidence, our shooting will improve.”
Neither team had much offensive success in the opening half. GFW’s Steph Kruggel highlighted action early in the game. She poured in 14 first half points including a pair of three point baskets.
Kruggel’s sharpshooting enabled the Thunderbirds to lead 22-18 at the break. Sibley East was led by seniors Tara Dietz and Whitney Trocke in the first half. They scored six points apiece while Andrea Bauer dumped in a pair of baskets.
Sibley East managed to shut down Kruggel in the second half only to have GFW’s Abby Busch pick up the scoring slack.
She scored eleven second half points as the Thunderbirds built a double digit advantage.
Dietz dropped in a pair of three point baskets for Sibley East in the second half but the Wolverines couldn’t keep pace with GFW.
“Aside from our shooting, we played pretty well considering it was the first game,” coach Ihrke said. “We did a lot of things well but also found some parts of the game we need to improve on.”
Dietz and Trocke led all Wolverines in the scoring column with 15 and 12 points respectively. Dietz netted a pair of three point hoops in the setback and was 3 of 4 from the free throw line.
Seven different players scored points for GFW. Kruggel and Busch led the charge scoring 14 and eleven points respectively. Clarissa Schwartz added six points for the winners.