West Salem girls basketball taking pride in balanced scoring, improved defense

A shortened season has not stopped West Salem girls basketball from finding a rhythm on both sides of the floor. The 9-1 Panthers lead the Coulee Conference by a game, and head coach Matt Quick says the best way to describe his group: balanced.

Junior Ella Jordan has led the team with 17 points a game, while seniors Maddie Quick and Kendall Gerke also average double figures, and several other girls have added double-digit performances over the course of their 10 games.

Quick came into this season expecting this group would have balanced scoring, but the other side of the ball has been most impressive.

“Our defense is much improved this year. That’s the biggest difference from last year to this year. We’re defending better in the half-court, and that’s also leading to some transition offense from rebounding and steals,” Quick said.

The Panthers have earned a two seed in their regional as they’re one of the teams bumped up into Division 2 because of other schools unable to play this season.

As a D3 program they reached the regional final a year ago, and Quick says this group would be ready to contend no matter what division they’d been given.

“Onalaska’s our one seed in our grouping, large school. We’re familiar with them, and they have a great program this year, Aquinas was bumped up to Division 3, so no matter which division we would’ve ended up in, we’d still need to beat a good team,” Quick said.

West Salem has one more regular season game on the schedule, a home contest against G-E-T on Saturday.