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Red Hot Cats Tame Tigers

January 15, 2013
Waconia Girls Basketball MN

     For two games in a row the Wildcats have played suffocating defense the renewed committment to get after opposing teams has translated to two easy wins against quality opponents.

     Waconia jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead and it took Delano over 4 minutes before they scored their first basket. The lead would grow to 20-4 at one point as the Waconia defense swarmed the Tiger guards generating numerous steals. The Wildcats transition game was also a thing of beauty as they executed and scored in several fastbreak situations.

     The only negative on the night for the Cats was the fact that Delano was able to grab nearly 30 offensive rebounds. In fact, nearly all of Delano's points were scored on 2nd and 3rd chances. Fortunately Waconia was able to generate enough offense from their defense and transition game to overcome the Tiger's taller players.

     Waconia made 26 of their 59 shot attempts (44%). By comparison Delano converted 16 of their 55 shots (29%). The Wildcats grabbed 16 steals and committed 17 turnovers. Only 2 Cats reached double figures in a balanced scoring attack. Morgan Iverson scored 14 while Caroline Jacobs poured in 13. Miranda Schultz, Anna Schmitt, Steph Dressen, and Nicole Dressen all added 8 points.

     Steph Dressen hauled down a game high 12 rebounds. Sarah Christians added 9. Anna Schmitt dished out 7 assists and had a team high 4 steals.

     The Cats are now 10-5 on the season and they stand as the only undefeated team in the Wright County Conference.

     The 9th grade team led for much of the game but could not hang on as they dropped a 50-45 decision to Delano. Emily Anderson and Halli Koppi led the scoring with 12 points a piece. Ally Fuller added 11.

     Our JV Cats fell to 6 and 7 overall on the season with a 63-44 loss to Delano.

    All three teams will take on perennial AA power and new conference member New London-Spicer on Friday. NL-S is also known as the Wildcats and they will carry a 12-1 record into the contest.

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