Buoyed by strong bench play and Drea Brumfield’s 17 points, the W.F. West girls basketball team handled Rochester Wednesday night, 58-17.
It's the Bearcats’ (8-2, 4-1 2A EvCo) first game of a series of seven games in nine days.
“Good team win,” Bearcats coach Kyle Karnofski said. “We played a deep bench, everyone contributed.”
Karnoski went to his bench to make sure his players had enough rest to be able to compete for the next three days, before a one day break and two more games immediately after. Emily Mallonee came up from the junior varsity team to drop five points in good minutes, and Karnoski commended the play of Kyla McCallum, Lexi Roberts, and Olivia Remund in well-rounded efforts.
McCallum had six rebounds, 12 assists, and five steals to go along with her scoring, Brumfield had four assists and four blocks, Roberts had seven steals, and Remund had three.
For the Warriors, despite the lopsided loss, coach Davina Serdahl was proud of her team’s effort.
“I was pleased with our hustle and no quit mentality,” Serdahl said. “We will get better and work on the things we need to to be competitive against these types of teams. They played very well with pressure defense that led to a lot of fast break points.”
Serdahl said that Angelica Castro gave the Warriors strong minutes, leading them with seven points, and Sofie Sand and Roisin Stull battled inside against the taller Bearcats and never backed down.
The Bearcats will play Thursday against Black Hills in a makeup game on the road, while Rochester has another tough contest against Tumwater on Friday.