The Waconia girls’ basketball team dropped to 5-7 last week with a Wright County Conference loss at Hutchinson on Jan. 9.
For the third time this season, the Wildcats scored nearly 100 points but still lost the game in the 112-98 defeat at Hutchinson.
“We are clearly scoring enough points to win,” WHS head coach Carl Pierson said. “We just need to become more disciplined on the defensive end.”
Although the Wildcats opened a 35-23 lead in the first half, Hutchinson took the momentum and pulled ahead to a 62-48 halftime lead. Although both teams would score 50 points in the second half, the Tigers’ ready-built lead led them to the 112-98 victory over Waconia.
While junior Anna Schmitt would carry the team’s offense with 33 points (27 in the second half), senior Brenna Rice was the one to pick up the ‘Cats in the first half.
“Brenna Rice was on fire to start the game. She really gave us a lift,” Pierson said.
Rice would total 17 points for the game, followed by senior Miranda Schultz and sophomore Madelin Dammann, who both netted 12 points for WHS.
Turnovers proved costly for WHS and Hutchinson was able to make up 19 points at the free throw line alone.
“Ultimately, we had some costly turnovers that turned into easy baskets for Hutch and that let them back into the game. They got the momentum and never looked back,” Pierson said. “The discrepancy at the free throw line was too much to overcome. When a team scores 19 more points than you at the line, that is a major factor.”
Conference play continues this week as the Wildcats hit the road to Delano (Jan. 14) and New London-Spicer (Jan. 16). Waconia will return home to host both Orono and Litchfield on Tuesday and Friday of next week.
With the loss to Hutchinson, the Wildcats dropped to 0-2 in the WCC East standings and are in last place. Waconia is 5-7 overall.
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