Riley Donnelly

Riley Donnelly had 19 points and 20 rebounds total in the games against West Central and Dakota Valley.

The girls basketball team ended their regular season with yet another heart-breaking loss to a good team that they could have beat. The West Central Trojans, 14-5, left Elk Point with a 54-47 victory Feb. 27.

The Huskies dominated the 1st half, playing ferocious defense that kept the Trojans passing the ball around the perimeter. EPJ did it while committing only 3 fouls. Back-to-back 3s by Addison Stabe helped EPJ build a 28-22 halftime lead.

In the 2nd half, West Central tightened up its perimeter defense; where the Huskies shot 36 percent on 3s in the 1st half, that dropped to just 9 percent in the 2nd. The Trojans came back to tie it up and got their 1st separation early in the 4th quarter, with a 42-38 lead. The Huskies struggled with rebounding late in the game and West Central got some easy 2nd-chance points. That, combined with missed shots from EPJ, sealed the win.

Riley Donnelly led the team with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 3 steals, despite hitting the floor so hard in the 3rd quarter she had to leave the game for several minutes. Lily Kempf had 3 assists and the Huskies’ only block.

It was the last game on the Husky court for seniors Emily Henze, Kenna Curry, Kempf and Donnelly.

See full story in this week’s Leader-Courier.