WACO boys’, girls’ basketball update
By Ashlee De Wit
The WACO boys fought to a late lead against conference foe Mediapolis on Friday, but the game slipped away at the end and the Warriors fell by a score of 46-44.
WACO wasn’t about to let Monday’s game go, however, and they powered to a 62-52 win over the Bulldogs.
The girls’ team was overpowered by Class 3A No. 2 Mediapolis in both games, falling by a score of 57-13 on Friday and by a 67-23 decision on Monday.
On Friday, the Warrior boys and the Bulldogs battled to a 19-19 tie at halftime, and then WACO came out of the break strong, going up 32-23 on a 13-4 run to start the second half.
The Bulldogs refused to give up, however, fighting to a 39-38 lead with less than five minutes left to play.
WACO had a couple of chances to take back the edge late in the game, but couldn’t sink a basket.
“We needed somebody to make a play,” Coach Bob Hilmer said. “We didn’t make any offensive plays.”
Three different Warriors scored a team-high 11 points in the loss: Jackson Roth, Dylan Carlson and Braden Blake.
Carlson grabbed nine rebounds and blocked four shots. Tucker Janecek had three steals and Blake dished out six assists.
In Monday’s game, WACO got an early jump on the Bulldogs with a 34-point first half. They faltered a bit in the eight minutes after the break, but Mepo could make up only half of the 14-point deficit, and the Warriors finished the game strong with an 18-point fourth quarter to seal the win.
Blake scored 24 for WACO in the win. Carlson added 15 and Roth scored 10.
Janecek chipped in nine points and grabbed a team-high 10 boards. Blake had eight assists and Janecek had four steals. Carlson blocked four shots.
WACO is now 5-12 on the season and 4-11 in the SEISC North Division.
In the girls’ game on Friday, the Bullettes cruised to a 38-6 halftime lead on their way to the win.
Aaliyah Brown led the Warriors with eight points.
“Offensively, she (Brown) did some good things,” Coach Shannon Rugg said. “But we’ve got to start scoring more than 13 points. We’re not going to win any games like that.”
Jaelyn Unternahrer scored three for WACO and Erika Leichty added two.
Other stats for the WACO girls’ team were not available.
The Warriors (5-13, 3-13) went to Mediapolis on Monday night, improving their offense but still falling short.
The Warriors are scheduled to play at home against Columbus Junction tonight (Tuesday), starting at 6 p.m. The boys’ game will follow.