THE WILDCAT WAY
HALL OF FAME
Cats Comeback Falls Short
November 24, 2012Waconia Girls Basketball MN
Had the Wildcats played the full game like they played the final 13 minutes, it would have been a signifcantly different outcome in the championship of the Waconia Tipoff Tournament. But in the end, Waconia was not able to overcome a 23 point deficit and Elk River took home the trophy 78-75.
The Wildcats were not sharp in the first half for the second consecutive night, digging themselves a 42-31 halftime deficit. Turnovers and poor rebounding put the Cats at a disadvantage from the beginning and things didn't turn around during the first five minutes of the 2nd half. Then, trailing by 23 with 13 minutes to play Waconia mounted a remarkable comeback that would find them down by just 1 point with 2 minutes to play. But the area that prompted the Cats deficit was also the thing that kept them from finishing the frantic charge. A key offensive rebound by the Elks moved the margin back to three. Waconia would not get closer though they had one final three point attempt miss the mark just before the buzzer that would have forced overtime.
Four Wildcats scored in double figures but 7 rebounds were the most that any Cat would collect. Caroline Jacobs led the team on the glass. Steph Dressen grabbed 6 boards, but collectively the Cats managed only 26 rebounds compared to Elk River's 43. Looking across the stat sheet, that was the only major disrepency between the two teams.
Jacobs also snagged a team high 5 steals. Miranda Schultz added 4.
The loss drops the Cats to 1-1 on the season. The JV team also fell in their first game of the year to Elk River's JV. Waconia led the entire first half but Elk River took the lead late in the game and eventually pulled away for a 5 point win.
Next action for our Cats is Thursday night when they host highly ranked AAAA power Chanhassen.