‘Cats still undefeated in conference
The Waconia girls’ basketball team remains undefeated in the Wright County Conference after defeating Delano and New London-Spicer last week.
Waconia 67, Delano 52
Hosting the Tigers on Jan. 15, the Wildcats opened up a 10 point lead within minutes of the game’s start. The Tigers finally put their first points on the scoreboard four minutes in. Waconia’s strong defense snagged multiple steals in the first half and opened up a large halftime lead.
The Wildcats shot 44 percent from the floor (26-59) over Delano’s 29 percent (16-55). Seniors Morgan Iverson (14) and Caroline Jacobs (13) led the Waconia attack as the only two Wildcats in double digits. But balanced scoring from the team led to the victory, assisted by junior Miranda Schultz, senior Stephanie Dressen, junior Nicole Dressen, and sophomore Anna Schmitt, who all netted eight points.
Stephanie Dressen grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, followed by senior Sarah Christians (9). On the downside, the ‘Cats allowed Delano to grab 30 offensive rebounds.
Waconia head coach Carl Pierson said he was extremely pleased with the way the Wildcats defended the Tigers’ guards.
“We created a number of steals that turned into easy layups,” he said.
Pierson added that the Wildcats are playing at a new, more aggressive level that was nice to see against Delano.
Waconia 58, NL-S 53
It was Wildcats versus Wildcats on Jan. 18 as Waconia hosted New London-Spicer. Waconia led the entire game after breaking out with a 24-3 lead, still holding a 31-21 halftime gap.
The key for Waconia was limiting New London Spicer junior guard Taylor Thunstedt. Thunstedt, who averages 34 points per game and had just scored 50 points against Glencoe-Silver Lake on Jan. 15. Waconia was able to limit Thunstedt to 40 points in this contest.
“Thunstedt it like the second coming of Lindsey Whalen,” Pierson said. “She is tremendous and we did a nice job on her. She had to work for every point she got. It’s not often you can say you ‘held’ someone to 40 and defended them well, but we really did.”
Dressen led the Waconia attack with 15 points, with help from Jacobs (14 points) and Schmitt (14). Dressen also had led the defensive effort with 15 rebounds, four steals, and six blocked shots. Iverson grabbed eight boards.
With a 6-0 conference record, Pierson said Waconia is off to a nice conference start, but the next few weeks are still crucial.
“We’re traveling to the gym of the top teams in the league,” he said. “To win a championship you’ve got to win on the road.”
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