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Good First Week of Fall League
October 21, 2013Waconia Girls Basketball MN
The 8th/9th Grade Wildcats got the fall league season off to a roaring start with two wins. In their first game they dominated DeLaSalle from start to finish and tallied a 33-22 final score. Wacona raced past New Prague in game two 43-19.
The Varsity squad defeated St. Louis Park 53-36. While steals were not tracked, it's a safe bet the Cats forced the Orioles into 20 plus turnovers. Waconia would only turn the ball over 6 times all game. The Cats made 18 of their 51 shots (35.3%) but they were particularly potent when driving the lane where they cashed in on 10 of 15 layup attempts. The three point line was not all that kind as the team made 8 of 33 (24.2%). Waconia was 6 for 11 at the free throw line. Perhaps the most important stat though was the the Cats grabbed 16 offensive rebounds. With 33 missed shots, that means the Cats got a second chance to score on nearly half of their missed shots!
In the second game, the scoreboard at the end would lead one to believe the Trojans from Wayzata bested our Cats, but au contraire. The young lady running the scoreboard apparently had more important things on her mind because she made numerous mistakes throughout the game. While the scoreboard read 37-33 in favor of Wayzata, the scorekeeper missed a basket by Halli Koppi very early in the game and counted at least one Wildcat 3 point shot as a two. Then there were two instances in the second half where Wayzata made 14 foot jump shots and she decided to award the Trojans 3 point shots. So in reality, the final score was 36-35 in favor of Waconia, even after a last second layup by Wayzata. Ultimately it doesn't matter, but....
Waconia was not as sharp in this game. Leading 18-12 at halftime (real score, not the make believe score keeper's score) the Cats were fortunate to have the lead because their offensive rebounding prowess was absent against Wayzata. Waconia would grab only 9 offensive boards out of 27 missed shots. 3 of those offensive rebounds came on one possession, so second chance points were few and far between. Waconia also committed considerably more turnovers (16) than in game one. The Cats went 12 for 39 (30.7%) and 5 for 19 at the 3pt line (26.3%). Waconia was only 7 for 16 at the free throw line. That is an area the Cats must improve or they'll find themselves on the wrong end of far too many games when winter arrives.
So again, it was a good first day of fall league for both teams. The 8th/9th grade team will take the floor again at Jefferson High School next week at 2:40 vs. Mayer Lutheran and 3:25 vs. SW Christian. The Varsity Cats collide with Lakeville North and Edina at 4:20pm and 5:05pm on the same Kennedy court they played on this week.