Letter winners returning to the Decorah girls’ basketball team are (l-r) Abigail Milburn, Ambria Pipho, Kylah Quandahl, Amanda Kuehner and Emma Nierengarten. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Letter winners returning to the Decorah girls’ basketball team are (l-r) Abigail Milburn, Ambria Pipho, Kylah Quandahl, Amanda Kuehner and Emma Nierengarten. (Photo by Becky Walz)

The Decorah girls’ basketball team is hoping the experience gained last season will spearhead a winning 2019 season.

In her fourth year as head coach, Shannon Quandahl is ready to begin the new campaign with a group of young ladies who are determined and eager to leave a lasting legacy for other young basketball players to follow.

“Overall, I’ve been impressed with the girls’ energy and effort, and most importantly, their willingness to play for one another,” said Coach S. Quandahl.

Helping S. Quandahl on the bench will be assistant coaches Brigit Storhoff and Tyler Wedemeier.


Growing pains

In 2018-19, a young squad, featuring just one senior, the Lady Vikes struggled to get their first victory and went on to finish with a 5-18 overall record, while going 3-9 in the Northeast Iowa Conference.

After topping Independence in the quarterfinals, 47-16, Decorah fell to No. 4 Mason City in the Class 4A regional semifinals, 98-31.

As a team, Decorah averaged 33.5 points per game. The Vikes connected on 31.7 percent of their field goal attempts and 19.6 percent of three-point attempts. Decorah produced 25.3 rebounds per night.

Graduating after the season was Skyler Malone.


Point production back

S. Quandahl has five letter winners she can look to for leadership.

 

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