The Waconia girls’ basketball team has now collected seven consecutive wins, including two last week over Orono and Litchfield. With both conference victories, comes a still-unblemished Wright County Conference record. The Wildcats are now 13-5 this season.
Waconia 48, Orono 35
At Orono on Jan. 22, the Wildcats built a double-digit lead in the opening minutes for the 32-13 halftime lead.
The second half proved troublesome for both teams, as Waconia made just two baskets and limited the Spartans to just three points in the first nine minutes.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well at all in the second half,” said Waconia head coach Carl Pierson, “but fortunately our team defense was strong throughout and it carried us.”
Nevertheless, the ‘Cats captured the win, thanks for double digit scoring from senior Morgan Iverson and sophomore Anna Schmitt. Waconia was 16-53 from the floor (30 percent), over Orono’s 14-70 (20 percent).
The Spartans outrebounded the Wildcats 46-43. Senior Stephanie Dressen grabbed 12 rebounds for the ‘Cats, while senior Sarah Christians added eight.
Waconia 64, Litchfield 41
Although the Wildcats controlled much of the first half at Litchfield on Jan. 25, they held a narrow 24-20 halftime lead due to multiple missed layups.
“We dominated the first half but it didn’t look that way on the scoreboard as we had another tough time finishing shots in the paint,” Pierson said.
The second half turned the game for the ‘Cats, as they opened up a double digit lead in the early minutes. Waconia made eight of 15 two-points shots in the second half, padded by the team’s 9-19 success at the three-point line that night.
Iverson, Schmitt, and senior Caroline Jacobs all posted double digit points, three of 10 scoring Wildcats. Dressen pulled down 10 rebounds and blocked a season-high seven shots. Freshman Madelin Dammann, junior Nicole Dressen, and Iverson each grabbed three steals.
Pierson credits the defense as the reason the ‘Cats currently lead the conference, and while Steph Dressen, Iverson, Jacobs, and Schmitt are all forces to be reckoned with on the court, the whole team is responsible for the success.
“We have the best bench players in the conference and that is the biggest reason we are in first place,” he said.
The Wildcats will host No. 5 (2A) Annandale on Feb. 1 and Mound-Westonka on Feb. 5.
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