Lady J-Hawks play two close games

By: 
GARRETT HARR
Outlook staff writer
Photos courtesy of Hank Nowak Joliet’s Holly Nowak is left all alone below the basket for an easy score in their win over the Mustangs.

Coach John Nelson has his hands full as he coaches both girls and boys basketball teams for Joliet this season. Credit is due to him and his players however, as they both have had great starts to the season. Still early, the girls are only two games under .500 and the boys are 4-1.
His girls beat Shepherd and his boys lost against Shepherd. His girls lost to Columbus and his boys beat Columbus. There most likely will be some strange and emotion-filled nights for Nelson this year being at the helm of both teams. His teams can lose and win in the same night.
The Lady J-Hawks pulled off a close win against Shepherd as Tayler Wright blew up for 19 points with a little help from Danni Nardinger and Holly Nowak who had nine and 11 respectively. They will always play before the boys, who started moments after the end of the girls’ game and lost by one point in overtime. The girls will never have the to suffer the same fate as the boys. They play first throughout the season so the fans and players will see if it will help or hurt them. They beat Shepherd by five on Dec. 20, 37-32.

Joliet def. Shepherd 37-32
Shepherd 16 5 7 4 — 32
Joliet 7 10 12 8 — 37
Joliet: Tayler Wright 19, Danni Nardinger 9, Holly Nowak 11, Shayla Webber 6
Shepherd: Kinsey 6, Murray 10, Buyse 12, 4

Two days later on Dec. 22, the boys watched the girls lose a close one against Columbus. The girls didn’t need or want redemption, they just wanted a win and they almost got it.
The girls lost by three, but the entire game was close and hard fought. Vanessa Nowak had 14 and Danni Nardinger had another solid game with 10 in the loss.
Most of the season will be like this: each team from Joliet looking to the other right before or right after a loss or a win. Sometimes it may help, but most times it won’t. Each team has their own identity and, of course, their own personnel.
Regardless, their storylines will cross all season whether they like it or or not. The girls play Bridger next, right before the boys on Jan, 3, 6 p.m. at home.

Columbus def. Joliet 39-36
Joliet 12 7 11 6 — 36
Columbus 15 9 8 7 — 39
Joliet: Tressa Schwend 1, Tayler Wright 7, Shayla Webber 4, Vanessa Nowak 14, Danni Nardinger 10
Columbus: Megan Rouane 2, Alexa Riveland 5, Ulu Brooks, Kayla Peeters, 3, Morgan Kirch 8, Camryn Ault 14, Maddi Carmen 4

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