Norse rally for two DC wins

            Whitehall’s Ashlyn Clatt released a three pointer during their game against Alma Center Lincoln on Friday.       (Times photograph by Andrew Dannehy)

The Whitehall girls basketball team overcame two slow starts to win a pair of games last week.

The Norse struggled in the first half against Eleva-Strum last Tuesday, but a 12-3 run helped the team to a 43-37 win. On Friday, Whitehall had an 18-13 lead at halftime before getting breathing room with a 10-0 run and beating Alma Center Lincoln, 61-37.

The road wins put Whitehall’s overall record at 12-7 and tied them with Melrose-Mindoro on top of the Dairyland Conference Large Division with a 6-4 mark. The conference title could’ve been decided on Tuesday of this week as Mel-Min played at Whitehall. The Norse play at Blair-Taylor on Friday.

Whitehall’s regular season ends next week as the team plays at Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau on Tuesday and at home against Augusta on Thursday.

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After struggling in the first half, the Norse began the second with a 12-3 run to take the lead.

Whitehall managed just 13 points in the first half, but were aggressive to start the second. Ashlyn Clatt and Olivia Killian scored to bring the team within two.

After an E-S free throw, Clatt made two free throws to bring her team within one. After an E-S basket, Killian scored to make it a one-point game against before Kyla Lambeck stole the ensuing inbounds pass and scored to put the Norse ahead 23-22 about four minutes into the second half. 

Killian scored to give Whitehall a three-point lead. E-S came back to tie the game at 25 and then scored again to take a 27-25 lead, but Lambeck scored on a break to put Whitehall back ahead 28-27 with nine minutes left in the game.

Free throws by Killian pushed Whitehall’s lead to three. Clatt gave the team more breathing room when she drilled a three to make the score 35-29 with 6:21 left in the game. 

Killian scored 16 points and pulled in 15 rebounds to lead Whitehall. Clatt was second on the team with eight points.

Whitehall (field goals/attempts-free throws/attempts-rebounds-fouls-points) — Sluga 0/2-3/6-5-1-3 Killian 6/18-4/7-15-4-16 Correa 1/9-0/0-3-1-2 Lambeck 2/8-1/2-5-4-5 Ausderau 0/5-2/2-5-1-2 Aasen 2/11-2/4-4-3-7 Klomsten 0/0-0/0-2-1-0 Clatt 2/10-3/4-3-4-8

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The Hornets made life difficult for the Norse early, but the local team pulled away in the second half.

Whitehall went on an 8-1 run to close the first half and take an 18-13 advantage into halftime, but the Hornets stuck with the Norse early in the second half. 

The Norse had a 21-20 lead before ACL’s Felicity Frey inadvertently scored a basket for Whitehall. That began a 10-0 run that included a three pointer by Sluga and baskets by Aasen and Lambeck to put Whitehall ahead 31-20. 

Whitehall’s defense shut down ACL, which made fewer than 20 percent of its field goal attempts. 

Killian again stuffed the stat sheet for the Norse, scoring 19 points and grabbing 18 rebounds. Aasen added 10. 

Whitehall (field goals/attempts-free throws/attempts-rebounds-fouls-points) — Sluga 1/6-1/2-3-1-4 Herman 0/0-0/0-1-0-0 Killian 8/15-3/6-18-3-19 Correa 2/9-0/2-1-1-5 Lambeck 2/6-2/2-4-0-6 Ausderau 3/8-0/0-4-2-6 Back 0/0-0/0-1-0-0 Aasen 3/9-3/3-9-4-10 Hensley 1/1-0/0-0-0-2 Klomsten 3/4-0/0-1-0-7 Clatt 0/8-0/0-6-3-0 

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