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Several Records Fall With Win Over Panthers

February 25, 2014
Waconia Girls Basketball MN

     In a season with several record setting nights, Monday night's game versus Glencoe-Silver Lake topped them all. The Wildcats set several new state records in their 122-115 overtime victory.

     Waconia was on fire from the three point line in the first half as they knocked down 12 triples. A 19 point lead was reduced to just seven by halftime though as porous defense allowed the Panthers to rally. Waconia walked into the locker room with a 62-55 lead.

     Halftime cooled off the Cats and the shooting stroke was absent for the first few minutes of the second half. But then Miranda Schultz hit 4 three's to lead the second half charge on the way to a total of 23 made three's in the game. The previous state record (which Waconia tied about 10 days prior) was 18, so the Cats didn't just break the record, they smashed it. 

     In the process, Waconia set another new state record for most made three pointers in a season. The previous record was 278 set by Parkers Prairie in 2010. Waconia is currently at 281 made threes with at least 3 games left to play. 

     The Wildcats made 16 of their 43 two point attempts so they shot better on 3's (38.9%) than they did on 2's (37.2%).

     The new state record for most combined points in a game was set with the teams combining for 237 points, though there were 27 points scored in the 4 minute overtime. 

     Five players scored in double figures for Waconia and 11 players scored in the game. The bench came up huge as several starters were fouled out late in the game and in overtime. The Wildcat reserves combined for a season high 43 points. That kind of production will be important for the team to have any success in the rapidly approaching post season. 

     Emily Anderson and Kelsey Eder led the defensive effort with 4 steals each. Anderson had a team high 12 rebounds and Anna Schmitt grabbed nine.

     The JV and 9th grade teams both won their games. The 9th grade returns to action on Tuesday at Bayview when they host Chanhassen. The JV and varsity hit the floor again on Wednesday at Holy Family. 

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