Waconia picks up two wins

Junior Ryan Boll powers up for a shot during the Wildcats’ Jan. 29 game. Boll scored 24 points against Holy Family and then repeated at Annandale.

Junior Ryan Boll powers up for a shot during the Wildcats’ Jan. 29 game. Boll scored 24 points against Holy Family and then repeated at Annandale.

The Waconia boys’ basketball team picked up two conference wins last week to put the Wildcats on a six-game win streak. Now 15-4 this season, Waconia is locked in a three-way tie for the top of the Wright County Conference. With 3-1 records, No. 4 (3A) Delano, No. 8 (3A) Waconia, and Mound-Westonka are all leading the WCC – East.

Update: Waconia defeated Mound-Westonka on Feb. 5, so the Wildcats and Delano are now the only two teams at the top of the WCC.

Waconia 62, Holy Family 50

Hosting Holy Family on Jan. 29, the Wildcats played a solid game throughout, holding a five-point halftime lead.

“The second half didn’t have the same flow to the first half,” head coach Pat Hayes said, “so it was difficult to get any rhythm going on either end.”

Fortunately, Waconia was able to make enough defensive stops against the Fire to secure the win.

Senior Josh Lenz drives around a Holy Family defender in Waconia’s win last week.

Senior Josh Lenz drives around a Holy Family defender in Waconia’s win last week.

Junior Ryan Boll led the ‘Cats offense with 24 points, including sinking 11-15 shots and going 2-3 in free throws. Hayes called his performance “outstanding.”

Junior Jacob Herd (13) and senior Matt Rachey (12) also contributed double digit points for the Wildcats. Rachey grabbed a team-high three steals and also pulled down six rebounds, as did senior Josh Lenz. Seniors Alex Chandler and Wylie Ferron each grabbed four boards of the Wildcats’ 26.

As a team, the Wildcats’ shot just under 50 percent (21-44) from the floor and were a hot 79 percent (15-19) at the free throw line.

Waconia 66, Annandale 60

At Annandale on Feb. 1, Hayes said the game was a game of runs. When Annandale opened with a 10-1 run, the Wildcats then charged ahead to lead 37-27 at halftime, thanks to four three-pointers from Herd. He was 4-6 from beyond the arc that night.

The Wildcats built their lead to as high as 19 points in the second half, before Annandale went on a 12-2 run to cut the lead to two points with two minutes to play.

But thanks to free throws by Rachey and sophomore Avery Talton, the Wildcats sealed the win.

Boll once again was the highest scorer on the team, logging 24 points against the Cardinals. Rachey (16) and Herd (12) both contributed significant points as well. The Wildcats shot 55 percent from the floor (23-42) and were 14-17 at the charity line (82 percent).

Boll also led the team in rebounds, with nine, followed by Rachey (4) and Ferron (4). Rachey (3), Talton (1), and Ferron (1) picked up the team’s five steals.

The Wildcats will host Hutchinson (Feb. 8) and No. 4 (3A) Delano (Feb. 12) before playing at Holy Family Feb. 16.

 

Contact Melissa Marohl at melissa.marohl@ecm-inc.com

 
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