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Wildcats Win in Overtime

December 2, 2012
Waconia Girls Basketball MN

     This year's version of the Waconia Wildcats does not seem intent on taking the easy route to victory. Once again the Cats dug themselves a hole only to climb out in the closing minutes, but this time they were able to get over the hump and earn a hard fought 76-70 overtime victory against Dassel-Cokato.

     Waconia would lead for much of the first half but in the final four minutes of the opening period the Cats went cold and the Chargers heated up. Waconia walked into the locker room trailing 32-22. Things didn't look up for the Cats until there were 12 minutes left in the game. That is when they began what has become their trademark comeback.

     A handful of defensive stops were converted into big 3 point buckets by Caroline Jacobs and the double digit D-C lead was cut to 6. Jacobs made all 5 of her three pointers in the second half. The other player that helped spark the comeback was Anna Schmitt. The sophomore point guard netted 19 of her game high 25 points in the second half.

Sophomore Guard Anna Schmitt

Senior Guard Caroline Jacobs


     With the score tied D-C had the ball with 30 seconds left but the Cats got a key steal with 10 seconds to play. A timeout was taken with 6 ticks on the clock and the Cats managed 2 shots attempts in the closing seconds but couldn't convert either and the game went to an extra frame.

     The two teams traded baskets in the first 90 seconds of the overtime but Waconia scored the final 6 points of the game at the free throw line with Steph Dressen hitting the key free throws to give the Wildcats a two possession lead with less than a minute to play.

     A look at the stat sheet shows what a challenge it was for Waconia to win this game. D-C won the rebounding battle 41-30. The Chargers and Cats both attempted 66 shots but D-C made 44% compared to 39% for Waconia. The Cats converted 17 of 24 free throws while D-C netted 13 of 20.

     In many ways our Wildcats were very fortunate to emerge with a win. There is much work to be done on the defensive end and Waconia has yet to win the rebounding battle in a game this season. If that trend doesn't turn around it does not bode well as the team that wins the rebounding battle wins over 75% of the time in high school and college basketball.

     Morgan Iverson and Fiona DeMario joined Jacobs and Schmitt in double figures. Eight Cats scored in the win. Iverson grabbed a team high 10 rebounds and collected 5 key steals. Steph Dressen had 8 rebounds. No other Wildcat had more than 4 rebounds. 

     The JV Wildcats played a tooth and nail tussle with D-C and escaped with a 50-47 victory. Kaylee Vanderhoff had 13 points and Kendall Eder added 12.

Junior Forward Kaylee Vanderhoff

     Our 9th grade Cats clawed D-C for a 48-38 win. Coach Philp applauded her team's physical play and aggressiveness attacking the basket on offense. Ally Fuller and Sami Jones both scored 14 and Emily Anderson had 13.

     Next up for Waconia is a home game against New Prague on Tuesday at 7:30pm.

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