THE WILDCAT WAY
HALL OF FAME
Cats Fall to Fire in First Round of Sections
February 26, 2013Waconia Girls Basketball MN
On Tuesday night the game played out in much the same way Wildcat fans had seen it all season. The Cats trailed by 11 at half time, rallied to cut the deficit to 2 points on two occasions, but Holy Family was able to answer every time they needed a big play or big bucket and the Fire finished the Wildcat's season with a 68-56 victory.
Two big reasons for the 39-28 Fire halftime advantage can be found on the stat sheet. While the Wildcats grabbed 8 offensive rebounds they were not able to convert any of those second chances into points. Holy Family would haul down 9 offensive rebounds in the first half and convert those into 14 points. The other major disrepency was found at the free throw line. Waconia was 2 for 3 at the stripe while Holy Family cashed in on 9 of their 14 charity shots in the first half.
Waconia would hold Holy Family to just 11 points during the first 13 minutes of the second half to make the score 52-50, but a fast break layup by the Fire made the lead four and Waconia would never get closer. Fire forward Michaela Rasmussen led all scorers with 25 points. Junior guard Hayley Thompson added 17 to lead the scoring for the Fire.
Anna Schmitt poured in 18 points and Caroline Jacobs added 12 but they were the only Cats to score in double figures. Schmitt and Steph Dressen grabbed 7 rebounds each to lead in that category.
Holy Family won the rebounding battle 35-29 and the Fire made 42.6% of their shots while Waconia shot 36.2% for the game.
The loss signals the end of the season for Waconia and it's five sensational seniors. Sarah Christians, Fiona DeMario, Morgan Iverson, Steph Dressen, and Caroline Jacobs graduate as back to back conference champions.
Holy Family will advance to face #1 ranked Richfield on Saturday. Waconia will look to the offseason with the hope of getting better and defending the conference title again.