Lady Eagles beat West Bend- Mallard at the free throw line

Jordan Kastler brings the ball down court to start a play versus the Wolverines. The junior had five rebounds in that game, and scored six points versus Lake Mills. Photo by Les Houser

In an exciting finish in front of the home crowd, the Eagle Grove girls varsity basketball team came back and then hung on for a 41-39 win over West Bend-Mallard on ‘Coaches vs. Cancer’ night. It made for their second win in the last four games, and with regionals in about two weeks it’s the perfect time for them to get on a roll.

The Wolverines were leading 18-11 at halftime, with the Eagles outscoring them by three points over the third period to cut the deficit to 27-23 to start the final eight minutes. They kept slowly chipping away, finally taking the lead late then hitting their free throws to seal the deal.

Natalie Vrba drained 16 points thru the hoop, including a nice 10 of 14 from the charity line. Hannah Sampson and Kaitlin Sampson each scored seven points, with each hitting a three-pointer, while Kenzie Crail and Ari Lyman dropped in four points each and Lea Friedl a shot from long range for thre points. Vrba nearly reached a double-double in grabbing eight off the glass, with Kastler and Lyman getting their hands on five rebounds each. Hannah had four, Cali Schultz three and Crail, Brittney Osborn and Friedl all two apiece.

Lyman dished out four assists, with Crail, Friedl, Kastler, Hannah and Kaitlin all credited with one each. Lyman also picked pockets for four steals, with Crail, Vrba, Schultz and Hannah all collecting one each.

Read the full story in the February 1 edition.