‘Cats lose to New Prague, Buffalo

The Waconia girls’ basketball team continues to struggle as the Wildcats’ dropped two games last week to New Prague and Buffalo.

The team is currently 2-4 this season. With just a handful of games to go before the winter break, the team is beginning to come together, according to head coach Carl Pierson.

Junior Miranda Schultz passes around a New Prague defender on Dec. 4.
Junior Miranda Schultz passes around a New Prague defender on Dec. 4.

“We are beginning to figure things out on the defensive end but rebounding remains a big concern,” he said. “Teams aren’t beating us on the first shot. They are killing us with second and third shots.”

He added that the team “will learn a lot about what kind of team we are going to be” in the last games of 2012.

New Prague 64, Waconia 59
Hosting New Prague on Dec. 4, Pierson called the opening minutes of the game “unkind” to the team, as missed shots and turnovers plagued the team. Waconia had a small run midway through the half, but got into foul trouble and trailed 31-25 at halftime.

Down double digits in the second half, the Wildcats began a comeback but failed to get within four points of the Trojans.

Waconia shot 33 percent from the floor (19-58), compared to New Prague’s 37 percent. Both teams had over 20 turnovers during the game.

While rebounding has been a problem thus far, the Wildcats stepped it up against New Prague, pulling down 15 offensive rebounds.

Senior Fiona DeMario had a team-high 11 rebounds on the night, while senior Morgan Iverson grabbed nine. Iverson and DeMario were also the team’s top scorers for the evening, with Iverson leading the way with 16 points, followed by DeMario with 10. Pierson said poor execution on both ends of the court is to blame for the loss.

Buffalo 66, Waconia 63
Iverson again led the Wildcat offense in their Dec. 6 game at Buffalo, scoring 20 points during the game.

Pierson said the team played its best game of the season against Buffalo, in terms of defense and intensity, but struggled to put the ball in the net. Shooting only 28 percent from the floor (24-86), with 23 more shot attempts than Buffalo, the Wildcats surprisingly led for most of the game. But they lost the lead with 25 seconds to go in the game and lost by a three-point margin.

As has become the usual this season, the ‘Cats lost the rebounding battle 50-44. Buffalo grabbed four key offensive rebounds in the final minutes.

Waconia’s top rebounding players included senior Stephanie Dressen (11), Iverson (9), and DeMario (8).