Looking for a lane to the basket is Lady Warrior point guard Ali Hoffert during a home game recently. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Looking for a lane to the basket is Lady Warrior point guard Ali Hoffert during a home game recently. (Photo by Becky Walz)

Going on the road in Upper Iowa Conference action, the South Winn girls’ basketball team (0-3, 0-3 UIC) fell in a close battle to North Fayette Valley (1-3, 1-1 UIC), 59-58.

“We played a lot better as a team against NFV, but still have a lot of work to do to get where we want to be,” expressed Coach Steve Hoffert.

The night began with some cold shooting for the Lady Warriors, as they were held off the board in the first four minutes. That’s when SW came alive to pull within one, 13-12, by the end of the first period. By halftime the Red and Gray gained the one-point advantage, 26-25. The third frame ended in a deadlocked 38-all score, leaving the final period as the crucial element to the game. With the gas tank emptying, SW allowed NFV to roll ahead 53-46 with two minutes remaining before mounting a comeback that fell just short, 59-58.

Ali Hoffert had the hot hand with 22 points, four rebounds and four assists. MaKayla Hageman added 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals. Gracie Schmitt chipped in eight points and six boards, while Liz Tieskoetter had six points and six steals. Ashley Kriener connected for six points, grabbed four rebounds and handed out three assists.

South Winn will play two games in 24 hours this weekend that starts at home versus Clayton Ridge Friday at 6:15 p.m. The Lady Warriors will then take on Rushford-Peterson in the third annual Border Battle in the Decorah High School gym Saturday at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, the Red and Gray will take on the Postville Pirates on the road at 6:15 p.m.