By Tim Boser
FOR THE LAKER
The Mound Westonka boys basketball team entered their final week of the regular season looking to build momentum for the section playoffs to start the following week.
On Feb. 28, the White Hawks battled the Dragons from Litchfield at home in front of a large senior-night crowd. The White Hawks honored seniors Calvin Christensen, Zach Bohn, Ryan Bunker and Jordan Taran. Despite the efforts of the White Hawk pep band and supportive crowd, the Dragons roared out to a 25-6 lead midway through the first half. The White Hawks didn’t fold, however and battled back to within eight at the half. The second half started close, but then the Dragons went on to a comfortable victory, 64-42.
The White Hawks had a balanced scoring attack with top point scorers of: Evan Dahl (9 points), Treavon McClennon-Nystrom (8 points), Jameson Sexton (8 points), Dameon Jones (6 points) and Marshall Boser (5 points). Jones led the White Hawks in rebounding with 7.
“We played with good energy, but we still go through long scoring droughts that puts a ton of pressure on our defense to get a stop every time down the floor,” Coach Wade Hokeson said. “We have to be able to play both ends of the floor for an entire game. We go through spurts where we are great on one end and then poor on the other. Consistency will be the key going into the post season and next year.”
On March 2, the White Hawks traveled to Watertown-Mayer High School to take on the highly rated Royals. With two White Hawk big men out for the game (Treavon McClennon-Nystrom and Marshall Boser), the Royals had a big advantage on the boards, commanding a 2-1 rebounding advantage over the White Hawks. The Royals used this size discrepancy to their advantage in the 83-54 victory over the White Hawks.
Jack Kraay led all White Hawk scorers with 13. Other White Hawks contributing on the scoring column were: Jameson Sexton (10 points), Dameon Jones (9 points), Nico Phommahaxay (8 Points) and Evan Dahl (6 points).
“We played tough and were a little short-handed,” Hokeson said. “The great thing about this year has been the fact that a lot of our young kids have been getting great experience which will help us a ton in the seasons to come.”