Decorah point guard Kylah Quandahl races passed the MFL MarMac player during Thursday’s nonconference tussle in Monona. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Decorah point guard Kylah Quandahl races passed the MFL MarMac player during Thursday’s nonconference tussle in Monona. (Photo by Becky Walz)

The Decorah girls’ basketball team (0-2, 0-0 NEIC) had its hands full Thursday night, traveling to MFL MarMac (2-0, 0-0 UIC).

“I am proud of the girls and how hard they worked last week. They never gave up and maintained discipline throughout each competition to accomplish the goals set before them,” said Decorah Coach Shannon Quandahl following the Vikings contests with Xavier Tuesday, Nov. 27 and Thursday’s game at MFL. “February 13th is when the wins and losses really count. Every game between now and then is simply a part of the process.”

A harsh full-court Bulldog defense compounded by a slow offense doomed the Vikings. Decorah put up five points in the first eight minutes, allowing MFL to go up 14-5. The Bulldogs stretched the lead to 32-12 at halftime. In the second half, the Vikings outscored the host squad 25-22.

Ambria Pipho had the hot hand with 11 points. Bella Knutson added eight points. Kylah Quandahl and Emma Nierengarten chipped in six each while Amanda Kuehner had four.

Decorah visits Crestwood tonight (Tuesday, Dec. 4) at 7:30 p.m. in its first NEIC contest of the season.