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Woodbine's Danyelle Steinkuehler (11-20-23)
Woodbine Outlasts AHSTW in Overtime, 49-47 –
(11-20-23) – Opening night thrills started the '23-'24 high school girls' basketball season Monday.
Nicole Hoefer’s layup with a 1: 35 left would be the difference maker as Woodbine held on for a 49-47 win in overtime to AHSTW.
The Tigers, who were ranked 5th in the IGHSAU Preseason poll, trailed by 4 in the fourth quarter before going on a 5-1 run to force overtime. Forward Danyelle Steinkuehler, who had 12 points, including 2 free throws in overtime, told KNOD Sports that improved communication helped them overcome that deficit.
“Our captains Nicole Hoefer and Charlie Pryor, really will keep us together, have us huddle up in a group and make sure that we're all focused and we all work as a team that we remain calm so that way we can work together in tight pressure situations like what we just played in.”
Pryor led all scorers with 16 points while Hoefer had 11. Graceyn Partlow had 10 points to lead AHSTW, while Saydi Paulsen and last year's leading scorer, Delaney Goshorn each had 9 points. Goshorn fouled out of the game late in the 4th.
The Lady Vikes came out in a pressure-trapping full court defense that forced several turnovers by the Tigers and allowed AHSTW to take a 2-pt lead at the end of 1 qtr.
“Coming out, we didn't know really what to expect," said Steinkuehler. "We knew that they had four seniors this year and it was going to be tough. We knew they were long. We've been working really hard in our practices. We've been busting our butts. I think we're gonna go really far this season if we keep playing the way we're playing.”
But Woodbine would dominate defensively in the 2nd qtr, holding their opponent to just 6 points and taking an 8-pt lead into the locker room. Steinkuehler said adjustments made in that quarter helped turn the tide.
“I think we were really adjusting the help side and they run an amazing offense. We've been working on our communication and it's really just what helped was talking through all the plays and talking through the switches and just playing as a team and working together.”
With a tough, emotional win to open the season, Steinkuehler feels this Woodbine team has what it takes to return to the state tournament.
"I think we're going to come back better than ever. We definitely lost Nicole Shearer. She was one of our strongest last year. But we have height and we have more aggression this year and I think it's going to take us a really long way this year."
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