Lady J-Hawks bounce back strong after loss

Outlook staff writer
Photo courtesy of Hank Nowak.  Lady J-Hawk Danni Nardinger pulls up for a jumper in last week’s game against Columbus. Joliet went 1-1 over the weekend, but Nardinger had two outstanding games with 14 vs. Columbus and 10 vs. Shepherd.

Joliet’s girls played a very hard fought game with an even harder to watch ending in last week’s 51-48 loss to Columbus.
The game was back and forth all night and for the fans a great match to watch, it’s what makes the game of basketball so exciting, the last second shots and the single digit close games.
The Joliet girls got great contribution from Danni Lynn Nardinger with 14 and Holly Nowak and Vanessa Nowak with eight and 11.
“We gave up some timely offensive rebounds, missed some free throws and had a few bad turnovers,” said Joliet coach John Nelson to quickly sum up the loss.
“The effort was great,” he continued. “We just couldn’t find a way at the end to win.”
As a team the girls shot below 50 percent from the line and the only mistakes they made came late, when a team can’t afford make mistakes. They could have won, but didn’t and perhaps the loss prepared them for what came next.

Columbus def. Joliet 51-48
Columbus 10  8 17 13 — 51 
Joliet 9 13 15 11 — 48 
Columbus: Shelby Wolery 2, Megan Rouane 6, Alexa Riveland 6, Kayla Teeters 4, Morgan Kirch 10, Brenna Rouane 8, Camryn Ault 6, Mandi Corman 9. 
Joliet: Tressa Schwend 2, Kiera Steffan 1, Tayler Wright 7, Shayla Webber 4, Vanessa Nowak 10, Tysa Oswald 2, Danni Lynn Nardinger 14, Holly Nowak 8. 

How a team responds after a loss is one of, if not the most, crucial characteristics of a team’s genetic makeup in basketball. The J-Hawks lost last Thursday by single digits to Columbus and then the very next day they beat Shepherd by 17.
Four of coach John Nelson’s girls reached double digits. Shayla Webber finished with 15 to lead her team and Tayler Wright, Danni Nardinger and Vanessa Nowak all had 10.
Their defense was the difference in the game Friday night as they scored 30 to Shepherd’s 15 in the second half.
“We played our best half of defense all year and our offense wasn’t too bad either,” said Nelson. He was so proud of how his girls responded in the game, knowing it could have gone another way.
They play their next game at tonight at home vs. Harlowton at 6 p.m.

Joliet def. Shepherd 51-34
Shepherd: Taylor Buysee 8, Caitlyn Moran 7.
Joliet: Shayla Webber 15, Tayler Wright 10, Danni Nardinger 10, Vanessa Nowak 10, Holly Nowak 6.



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