Warriors ground Rockets
The WACO High School boys’ varsity team opened up its district tournament schedule with a home game against the Harmony Rockets on Monday, Feb. 17. From the opening tip the Warriors controlled the game en route to a 75 – 42 victory.
WACO dominated the first five minutes and change of the game as the Rockets didn’t score until the Warriors had dropped 11 and there was 2:42 remaining in the first quarter. The Warriors’ lead could have been bigger, however.
“We missed a lot of point blank shots tonight. That’s something we can’t do and continue to advance,” WACO head coach Bob Hilmer said.
Harmony would score two more points before the quarter ended, making the score 11 – 5 at the beginning of the second quarter. That would be the smallest difference between the two teams for the rest of the evening.
In the second quarter freshman Jackson Roth got hot from behind the arc, hitting 3-point shots on consecutive possessions to put the Warriors up 23 – 9 with just over four minutes left in the first half. WACO would continue to extend its lead until the halftime buzzer sounded on solid offensive rebounding and man-defense to make the halftime score 36 – 14.
The Warriors continued to play the same full-court pressure man-to-man defense and dribble-penetrate to kick-out offense in the third quarter. It allowed WACO to take a 56 – 31 lead into the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter the Warriors were able to empty their bench and get playing time for their less-experienced players.
“Tonight was really one of the first times that we’ve been able to do play everyone all season long. We’ve been involved in a lot of close games this year, so it’s nice to be able to get some guys some experience,” Hilmer added.
The 33 points was WACO’s largest margin of victory this season and 75 points the Warriors’ largest offensive output of the season as well.
WACO is now 7 – 15 overall. The Warriors move on to face Danville on Thursday, Feb. 20 at New London High School.
“They play a 1-3-1 pressure zone which can be confusing at times because it looks like a 2-3 zone. We’ll watch tape and come up with some half-court sets to put ourselves in the best position to win. We have to be disciplined and get the same effort in offensive rebounding that we did tonight in order to win,” Hilmer explained.