Unable to handle press
WAYLAND — In a low-scoring battle between the WACO boys’ basketball team and Lone Tree, all either team needed was spurt to take control of the game.
The Lions beat the Warriors to the punch with a 12-2 run at the outset of the third quarter to push a 5-point halftime lead to 28-13.
“They probably just went into the locker room at halftime and got fired up,” said senior Dylan Carlson. “We didn’t get as fired up and they came out scoring.”
Lone Tree defeated WACO 44-29 with a stifling full-court press, Tuesday.
“Turnovers definitely hurt us in the fast break,” Carlson said. “They got easy baskets off of it.”
WACO wasn’t ready to match Lone Tree’s aggressiveness in the backcourt.
“They came out in the second half and stepped up their intensity on the press,” said head coach Bob Hilmer. “We weren’t able to take care of the ball early (in the second half).”
WACO junior Tucker Janecek knocked down a 3-pointer to end the run, but Lone Tree had an answer with a trey of its own.
The Warriors trailed 36-20 headed into the fourth quarter. WACO would prove to have one last-ditch effort to get back into the game.
Carlson had two baskets in the paint and sophomore Bryce Achen scored.
A Janecek shot from distance capped a 9-1 run that cut the deficit to 8 points.
Lone Tree then made a layup with 3:27 left to go back up by double figures. The lead didn’t gi below 10 points the rest of the way.
WACO didn’t score its first basket of the game until the 4:24 mark of the first quarter. It led 7-5 at the end of the first quarter.
Lone Tree opened the second quarter with a triple to take a lead that it would not relent.
At the break Lone Tree led 16-11.
“We both played good defense in the first half,” Carlson said. “In the second half we struggled a little bit more. It didn’t hurt us in the first half when we could stop them from scoring.”
The highlight of the first half was two stingy defenses going head-to-head.
“Both teams played pretty good defense,” said head coach Bob Hilmer. “Both teams, a couple easy ones that would have made it a normal score. It was hard to score.”
Senior Dylan Carlson led the Warriors with 12 points, while Janecek was second on the team with 11 points.
“The whole team can get better, let alone me,” Carlson said. “There is always room for improvement. If we can move around more we can get more baskets.”
Janecek — who did not start — was sick ahead of the contest and missed the game plan.
The defense was better than the final score indicated, with the high number of uncontested layups off of steals.
“I feel overall it was our best 32 minutes of basketball,” Hilmer said.
WACO is short on experience with no returning starters or players who averaged more than 15 minutes.