THE WILDCAT WAY
HALL OF FAME
Waconia Wins Battle of the Wildcats
January 18, 2013Waconia Girls Basketball MN
The Waconia Wildcats raced out to an outstanding start and maintained the lead from start to finish, but New London-Spicer and their star guard Taylor Thunstedt would claw back and make it a close contest before our Wildcats would prevail with a 58-53 win over the #9 ranked team in class AA.
Waconia controlled the opening 8 minutes, building an impressive 24-3 lead. The Cats' defense swarmed Thunstedt and created a number of turnovers. Then several Waconia guards found themselves in foul trouble and the team's momentum was slowed.
Waconia would lead 31-21 at the half, holding the high scoring Thunstedt to 12 points. The star junior guard (fresh off a 50 point performance on Tuesday night and averaging 30ppg) would score all but 4 of New London-Spicer's 32 second half points, but every time the NL-S Wildcats would close the lead to 4 the Waconia Wildcats would respond with a big basket.
Steph Dressen had her best game of the season, scoring a team high 15 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Caroline Jacobs and Anna Schmitt each added 14 points. Morgan Iverson added 8 rebounds and Steph Dressen had a team high 4 steals and 6 blocks.
Senior Post Steph Dressen
A big key to the comeback for NL-S was free throw shooting. New London was 18 for 24 at the charity stripe. By contrast Waconia was 8 for 10 with nearly all 10 of those free throws coming in the final 90 seconds when NL-S was forced to foul.
The win pushes Waconia's record to 11-5 and 6 and 0 in the Wright County Conference. New London-Spicer falls to 11 and 2 on the season.
The JV Cats got back on the winning track with a 51-46 win. Juniors Kaylee Vanderhoff and Brenna Rice led the way with 15 and 14 points respectively.
Our 9th grade Wildcats were also winners in impressive fashion. Emily Anderson paced the Cats with 19 points.
All 3 teams return to action on Tuesday as they travel to Orono. The Spartans are in 3rd place in the WCC.