Update 2/27/2013: The Waconia girls’ basketball lost its first round playoff game to Holy Family 68-56 on Feb. 26.
In a 55-48 victory over Orono on Feb. 19, the Waconia girls’ basketball wrapped up the regular season with an 18-8 record. Winning the Wright County Conference – East with an unblemished 10-0 record, the ‘Cats held an overall standing of 13-2 in the WCC, after having lost to Annandale and Glencoe-Silver Lake, members of the WCC – West, this season.
Against Orono last week, the Wildcats fought for the victory, after a cold first half left them behind 22-16 at halftime. In the first half, Waconia made just 5 of 29 shots, including just one bucket and two free throws in the first 10 minutes.
“We overcame another half of poor shooting,” said WHS head coach Carl Pierson. “Fortunately our defense was strong enough to afford us that bad half.”
Fortunately for Waconia, the second half saw more of the skilled Wildcat play that fans are accustomed to, as the ‘Cats made 12 of 28 shots (43 percent).
Senior Morgan Iverson was Waconia’s top point scorer of the night, netting 16 points and closely trailed by sophomore Anna Schmitt with 15. Senior Caroline Jacobs netted 12 points.
Waconia trailed for much of the second half, still battling the eight-point deficit from the first half. With six minutes to play, the ‘Cats had closed the gap and the teams traded buckets as the clock ran down. With under two minutes to play, the Wildcats began to open a small lead. Junior Nicole Dressen knocked down two key free throws with 30 seconds to open a four-point lead, and the Wildcats would eventually win by six.
“Nicole Dressen’s free throws with 30 seconds left were enormously important,” Pierson said. “We had several players step up in the final minutes to earn the win. Morgan Iverson and Caroline Jacobs got big steals and Anna Schmitt hit some key shots.”
Senior Steph Dressen netted eight points for Waconia and also contributed 11 rebounds and a season-high nine blocked shots, deserving many accolades according to Pierson. Iverson had seven rebounds and a team-high four steals on defense.
The Wildcats were seeded No. 4 in Section 6AAA play and hosted No. 5 Holy Family Catholic on Feb. 26. Results of that contest were not available when this issue went to press. The winner of the Waconia/Holy Family gave will face the victor of No. 1 Richfield/No. 8 Mound-Westonka at the higher seed on Saturday, March 2.
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