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Different Tigers, Different Result

February 12, 2014
Waconia Girls Basketball MN

     After a string of close games had not gone their way the Wildcats earned a big 89-85 victory over the pre-season pick to win the conference, the Delano Tigers. Waconia beat Delano in their first matchup, but the Tigers were without 6'2" D-I recruit Alex Wittinger. While Wittinger made an impact at both ends of the floor, the Wildcats were able to earn the win with strong three point shooting and clutch rebounding late in the game.

     Waconia would lead for the first 10 minutes of the game, but then a string of Wildcat turnovers led to several layups for Delano. Even though the Cats trailed at half time 48-41 the Tigers were not scoring on the Cats defense...they were scoring on the Cats offense via the turnovers.

     The Cats trailed by 10 with 9 minutes to play but then a 12-2 run brought the game back to even. Waconia would lead by as many as 6 but the Tigers fought back to tie it with just over a minute to play. Kaylee Vanderhoff's only basket of the game was a timely one as the senior knocked down the 15th three pointers of the night to give Waconia a 3 point lead with a minute to play. Free throws and key rebounds would secure the win for Waconia.

     Anna Schmitt led the scoring with 30 points including her 1000th career point late in the first half. Ally Fuller had a career high 15 points, all of them coming at the three point line. Madelin Dammann was the only other Cat to score in double figures with 10. Ten different players scored for Waconia.

     No accurate rebounding or defensive stats were available immediately after the game.

     The JV Cats lost a close one to Delano 68-65. The 9th grade Cats claimed a 39-29 win. All three teams resume play on Thursday when they travel to Dassel-Cokato to take on the Chargers.

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