Austin girls basketball team falls to Stewartville in season opener

Published 10:28 pm Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Austin girls basketball team opened its season with some offensive struggles as it lost to Stewartville 57-45 in Ove Berven Gym Tuesday.

The Packers (0-1 overall) held a 10-6 lead early on when Emily Hegna broke free for a lay-up, but the Tigers closed the half on a 19-7 run and Austin got no closer than four points in the second half.

Austin’s Emma Dudycha, left, and Emily Hegna, right, double team Stewartville’s Lori Bailey in Ove Berven Gym Tuesday. Rocky Hulne/

The Tigers (1-1 overall) were able to control possession by forcing multiple Austin turnovers and Stewartville also was able to damage on the offensive boards.

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“I thought we did alright for it being game one. This is a process,” Austin head coach Eric Zoske said. “There are a couple of things I saw that we have to get better at that I hadn’t seen in practice. This is a starting point and it now we can move on to tomorrow and try to get better.”

The Packers received a boost from their bench as sophomore Erica Lundberg had 11 points and four rebounds and eighth grader Emma Duycha had five points.

Austin’s Erica Lundberg drives against Stewartville in Ove Berven Gym Tuesday. Rocky Hulne/

“I thought all four of our bench players played phenomenal,” Zoske said. “Erica came in and played well and we had good scoring off our bench. That being said, our starters have got to do a little better job of putting the ball in the hoop. But our bench did great.”

Abby Lewis had 12 points and four rebounds for Austin and Chloe Sheehan had three steals.

Austin’s Kiwi VanZant goes up for a shot for Austin in the first half against Stewartville in Ove Berven Gym Tuesday. Rocky Hulne/

Stewartville 25  32    57

Austin 17  28    45

Austin scoring: Abby Lewis, 12; Erica Lundberg, 11; Kiwi VanZant, 9; Emily Hegna, 5; Emma Dudycha, 5; Paiton Schwab, 2; Kyra Walters, 1; free throws: 60 percent (6-for-10)

Austin’s Abby Lewis drives past Stewartville’s Jada Hale in Ove Berven Gym Tuesday night. Rocky Hulne/