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Area hoopster achieves 1,000 points

The Akron Hometowner of Akron, Iowa

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Sometimes, it's better to be surprised by good news.

West Sioux girls basketball player Bobbi McManarrran is a case in point. After scoring 30 points to break a school record, she was surprised when informed. Ditto the next game when she had 31. One game after a close battle but loss to Hinton, it was surprise No. 3, as McManaman learned she joined the 1,000 point club at the school with a late-game layup in a 72-28 romp over St. Mary's.

John McManaman, her dad, was one of the first to congratulate the 5-8 senior guard. His daughter's shot came at the backyard ball with brother Ethan, then later organized games with members of the class of 2009, coached by Denny Weerheim even back then.

"It's been quite a few years. We knew that she was close (to 1,000). She worked hard in the gym, though," Weerheim said:

"We've played basketball together since the third grade," Bobbi McManaman said of her hoops experience as a Falcon. The win Feb. 2 gave the Class of 2009 an even 30-wins over two seasons, pretty impressive, for the likes of McManaman, Marissa Van Driel, Rachel Weerheim, and Kaitlin Rehder.

McManaman's historical points came on a simple lay-up, but she was aided by a hot night from three-point land. She started the game with 977 career points.

Mrs. Weerheim, the unofficial historian of the group, thought it may have begun at a tournament in Sioux Falls. They hope for a long run in the post-season tournament starting Feb. 14 against Western Christian.

Bobbi said, by the way, that she can beat her older brother Ethan now.

Being part of the state qualifying 4x8 relay team, and the 800-meter run, as well as cross country, and the excellent Dance Squad makes for a full year at Hawarden, something McManaman said she will miss.

"We've worked hard as a team to achieve what we have. After a tough loss, we just want to work that much harder," McManaman said.

Junior Samantha Engelman had 13 points and Van Driel was her steady effort inside.

The senior starters are always pushed by a group of talented reserves, and that helps, coach Weerheim said.

A few nights before, Hinton emerged with a 58-50 win, their second over the Falcons (11-4) this year and kept their mark unbeaten at 18-0.

West Sioux was the determined team early on, with a 13-11 lead after one and 28-26 at intermission. But the Blackhawaks dominated the second half, with a 20-5 run in the third quarter.

The Falcons did have outstanding efforts from Van Driel's 12 points and strong inside play, Rachel Weerheim led with 15 points and Engelman added 10.

Hinton, ranked number eight in Class 2A, had Brittini Freed's 18 points and 12 rebounds and Mackenzie Small poured in 16 points. Hinton is 8-0 in the WEC.

Two three-pointers allowed the Falcons to trim a 12-point Hinton lead to three on a three-by McManaman (seven points) in the final minute.

I thought Marissa played a strong game inside and Rachel came out of her shooting slump," coach Weerheim said.

McManaman also had broke the school record with 30 points in a 65-39 romp over MMC. That topped a 2005 single game record set by Kayla Weerheim, now a senior at Morningside College. McManaman topped that with a 31-point effort in a 65-36 win over South O'Brien.

"There is still a lot of basketball left. We have four games next week, and can still make a lot of waves," Weerheim said.

The Falcons host Sergeant Bluff-Luton Feb. 6. The girls-boys doubleheader begins at 6:30 p.m.

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Original Publication Date: February 4, 2009

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