Nora Kastning

Nora Kastning has been seeing a lot of open looks in the lane.

The Husky girls basketball team took on a daunting task – 18-0 Kingsley-Pierson, IA. The Panthers proved they were a team to contend with, winning 63-35.

“K-P has a very strong team,” head coach Adam Timmins said “We played a good first half. We won the second quarter 14 to 13. Early in the 3rd quarter we cut the lead to 8 points. K-P is very athletic and they have about 6-8 girls that can really shoot the ball. They got hot and we struggled to score. There is a reason why they are 20-1 and ranked 3rd in the state in Iowa.”

Nora Kastning scored 6 of the easiest points of her career in the second half of the game against Beresford Feb. 12, as EPJ picked up a 43-23 win.

Kastning was open under the basket for quick passes from Emma Scarmon and Josie Curry to score unimpeded. It was part of a barrage of points inside for the Huskies. They also played their signature stifling defense, leading to lots of turnovers and fast-break points.

On their end, EPJ stuffed the lane against the Watchdogs and Beresford could not get the ball inside. They were forced into long jumpers, and they were cold.

EPJ broke the game open in the first half, outscoring Beresford by 5 points in each of the first 2 quarters. They sealed the win in the third quarter, only allowing 2 points from the Watchdogs.

Kastning ended the game with 12 points and tacked on 12 rebounds. Maddie Hammitt also shot in double-digits, with 10 points. Scarmon led the Huskies with 4 assists and Kaitlyn VanRoekel picked up 2 steals.

“We really played an all around TEAM game against Beresford – we had a team-high 15 assists,” Timmins said. “Our girls saw the floor really well and played an unselfish game from start to finish. We hope that mentality can continue out the rest of the season.”

The girls have just 2 regular-season games left. They go to Dell Rapids St. Mary’s Feb. 18, then play at Tea Area Friday, Feb. 19 in a double-header with the boys. Region play begins Tuesday, Feb. 23. As seed points sit now, EPJ would be the #7 seed and play at Dakota Valley, the #2 seed. However, #1 seed Tea Area has 2 games remaining in addition to EPJ’s and could flip-flop with DV.