Archive for November, 2009

Tough Defense, Team Effort Propel Indians to Home Tournament Championship

Posted in Uncategorized on November 29, 2009 by waukongirlsbball

The Waukon Indians hosted class 4A Cedar Falls for the tounament championship of the Waukon Thanksgiving Holiday Classic on Saturday night and got another tough win.

The Indians got off to a quick start after the opening tip was momentarily controlled by the Tigers and then Kristyna Herman swiped it away and finished with a break away basket.  The Tribe forced a quick turnover on the ensuing inbounds play and then Mary Halvorson connected on a 8 foot bank shot to give the Indians a quick 4-0 lead.  Those two baskets would prove to be about as easy as it came all night however as the Indians pushed on into an intense defensive battle with the Tigers.

Logan Hjerleid was the next Indian to strike as she got a nice jumper to fall, and the converted a tough 3 point play on a scramble play to push the Indians lead to 9-2.  The Tigers answered with a couple of baskets, one on a run out and one on a broken play, otherwise nothing was doing against the Indians intense man to man press.

Jordon Reiser continued her excellent play coming of the bench for the Indians.  Within a minute of coming in Reiser got a steal and break away layup, and then got an offensive board and put back for two more.  Late in the half  Reiser continued her deadly outside shooting as she hit another 3 point bomb, her seventh of the year on seven attempts… ( that has to be some kind of record, 7-7 to start the season)

However the Indians turned the ball over in the final fifteen seconds of the half and that led to and easy basket by the Tigers to cut the Indians lead to 3 at the half 19-16.

Waukon kept the turnovers to a minimum in the second half and continued to play solid defense in the close played game.  Tatum Meyer  led the Indian floor attack again with a team high 5 assists and only 2 turnovers. 

Waukon was also tough on Cedar Falls number one player Laura Johnson…. Hjerleid, Dreckman and Reiser all put time in on her, along with the post players doing a nice job of helping out if she went down low.

With 9:25 to go and the game tied at 25 appiece, Carissa Berger stepped up and made two huge plays, a steal and a basket and then a nice mid range jumper on the next possesion.  Halvorson hit from down low and Herman chipped in with a couple of free throws to push the Tribes lead back to 35-27.

The Tigers fought back trailing only by 4 with a 1:12 to go but Berger got another steal which led to a basket and foul for an old fashioned 3 point play.  On the next trip down the floor Halvorson shook loose for one of the few times on the night and got a basket and that would end the game with a 40-33 win.

Carissa Berger led the way with 10 points for the Indians.  Halvorson finished with 9 points and a team high 9 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Kristyna Herman put in 7 points and pulled down 8 boards.  Hjerleid and Reiser both notched 7 points as well for the Indians.

All Tournament Team :  Laura Johnson -CF,  Carrie Panther -CF, Richell Mehus- Spring Grove, Kristyna Herman, Carissa Berger, and Jordon Reiser of Waukon.

Spring Grove was the 3rd place game winner by the score of 61-37

The Waukon JV was also victorious as they defeated the Riceville JV 68-8.  They were led by Mullen Wackers 18 points. Cassandra Berger had 8, and a host of other Indian JV players scored between 4 and 6 points on the night.


Waukon Defeats Spring Grove in First Round of Holiday Tournament

Posted in Uncategorized on November 28, 2009 by waukongirlsbball

The Waukon Indians played the Spring Grove Lions in a tough game Friday Nov 27th in the first round of the Waukon Girls Basketball Thanksgiving Classic.

The Indians got off to a quick start with a driving basket by Logan Hjerleid and then a outside jumper by Carissa Berger to take a 4-0 lead.  The Lions matched the tribe basket for basket and then some early through the first half, even taking a 14-12 lead about midway through.

The Indians got good bench play throughout the game and Chelsey Dreckman hit a basket to tie the game back at 14 appeice.  The scrappy Lions then went on a 7-0 run fueled by two three pointers and a free throw to take a 21-14 lead and cause head coach Gene Klinge to take a timeout and talk it over with the squad.

Bench play continued good for the Tribe as Keri Egan got an offensive rebound and put back and on the next two posessions Jordon Reiser continued her assault from long distance with back to back 3 point bombs to give the tribe the lead back…. A lead that they would not relinquesh again through the game.

Spring Grove continued to not show any fear of the #2 ranked Indians as they pretty much matched baskets until late in the first half.  Waukon got the ball out of bounds with 2.8 seconds to go in the half leading 28- 26.  The Indians inbounded to Kristyna Herman who made a pass to the wing to Hjerleid…..Hjerleids turnaround fade away jumper dropped in and counted although it was a questionable call.  The Tribe took the 31-26 advantage into the break.

In the second half Waukon pushed their lead up to 40-32 on baskets from Berger and Mary Halvorson.  However the Lions who were hitting plenty of shots from behind the arc hit another to cut the lead back to 40-35.  The Indians then put on another run fueled by their defense.  Tatum Meyer got a steal and took it to the basket hard making and drawing a foul, then Jordon Reiser found herself open again from the arc knocking home her third shot from downtown pushing the Indians lead 51-38.

The Lions would not go away with their aggressive style and shooting.  The Tribe however kept the lead between 7 and 12 points the rest of the way and finished it off with a 63-56 win.

I would like to give alot of credit to Spring Grove as they are probably one of the few teams that will go out there and play the up and down pressure defense style of play that the Tribe likes to against us.  They are a solid team and will no doubt do some damage in their class in MN.  Will be looking forward to playing them again in Janurary.

Waukon’s balanced scoring was led by Carissa Berger with 12, Reiser, Halvorson, and Hjerleid with 11 each, Tatum Meyer with 8 and Kristyna Herman with 6.  Herman led the way rebounding with 11 and Halvorson chipped in with 7.  Meyer really filled up the stat sheet as she had 5 boards along with team highs of 5 assists and 4 steals.


The Indians advance to play Cedar Falls on Saturday night at 6:30 pm.  Cedar Falls advanced to the championship game with a 53-36 victory over the Riceville Wildcats.  Laura Johnson led the Tigers with 25 points in that game.


The Waukon JV was also Victorious on Friday night.   They downed the Cedar Falls JV by the score of 36- 29.  Mullen Wacker led the JV with 8 points, as Chelsea McMillan and Sarah Wulner and Cassandra Berger added 6 each for the Tribe.

Indians set to host tournament games on the 27th and 28th

Posted in Uncategorized on November 26, 2009 by waukongirlsbball

Waukon is once again hosting a Thanksgiving weekend tournament with games starting tomorrow.

The Waukon JV will face off vs the Cedar Falls JV starting @ 3:30

Then Riceville will take on Cedar Falls in Varsity action with an aproximate starting time of 5:00.

Then the Indians will play vs Spring Grove (mn) at around 6:30 pm.

The tournament will resume on Saturday evening with the JV playing again at 3:30.

The two losing teams in the varsity action will play each other around 5:00 pm

The Championship game will be Saturday night around 6:30 pm

C.R. Gazette Girls Hoops Preview

Posted in Uncategorized on November 23, 2009 by waukongirlsbball

Feature article on Gene Klinge/Waukon Indians   click here

Gazette/Linder Preseason Rankings  click here

Gazette Players to Watch click  here

Gazette Area Conference Predictions click here


Indians Out of The Gates Fast With Blowout Win Over Postville

Posted in Uncategorized on November 20, 2009 by waukongirlsbball

The Waukon Indians opened their 2009-2010 season Friday November 20th with a win over the Postville Pirates by the score of 90-25.

Waukon got off to a quick start with their full court man to man defense.  Carissa Berger got an early steal and ended it with a drive to the basket for 2 and the foul completing the 3 point play seconds into the game to give Waukon an early lead.  Two more baskets down low by Mary Halvorson and a fast break layup by Logan Hjerleid got the Tribe off to a quick 9-0 lead.

Tatum Meyer did a good job of pushing the ball at all times and taking it all the way to the basket on several occasions in the first half, Meyer also connected on 3 pointer in the first quarter.  That shot gave the Indians a 24-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Waukon continued to push the pace with many other players as well through the first half.  11 different players got in the game in the early going.  Halvorson led the Tribe with 16 points in the first half.  She was helped out by Meyer with 9, Hjerleid with 8, and Berger with 6.  Waukon took a commanding 45-8 lead into halftime.

The second half continued with more of the same for the Tribe, plenty of forced turnovers leading to quick baskets.  The Indians also showed some improvement from the 3 point arc as the connected on 6 long distance shots on the night.  Jordon Reiser led the way as she was 3-3 from downtown.  Tatum Meyer added a pair from deep and Chelsey Dreckman also connected from deep range once.

The Indians kept on cruise control for the remainder of the game with all 15 Varsity players getting minutes.  Final score was an impressive 90-25.   Halvorson led the way with 26 points.  Meyer finished with 14,  Hjerleid dropped in 12, Reiser finished with 11, Berger had 8 and Chelsey Dreckman dropped in 7 to pace the Indians in the scoring department on the night.

Coach Gene Klinge gets win # 932 in his chase of Bob Mullen’s all time win record of 938.  The Indians will next take the hardwood in one week as the host their second annual Thanksgiving weekend tournament Friday and Saturday evening.

To get all the official stats on the game check out in the details section.

All reported scoring totals in this are not *official*

Class 3A Preseason Rankings

Posted in Uncategorized on November 19, 2009 by waukongirlsbball


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Waukon Tops MFL Mar/Mac @ Jamboree Scrimmage

Posted in Uncategorized on November 17, 2009 by waukongirlsbball

The Waukon Indian girsl basketball team took one of the first steps of the seaon as they played in the annual MFL Jamboree at Monona on Tuesday November 17th.  The Indians vs the Bulldogs was the fourth and final scrimmage of the night…. They followed these matchups…

Lansing New Albin Kee Hawks 21 – Clayton Ridge Eagles 13

Postville Pirates 19 – East Buchanan Bucs 9

Central Warriors 21 – Turkey Valley Trojans 18

Waukon started out their game firing on all pistons early taking a 6-0 lead on baskets by  Logan Hjerleid,  Mary Halvorson and Kristyna Herman.  The Indians kept the pressure on with full court man to man and got some easy baskets in transition, one off a steal by Carissa Berger with a layup and then another steal by Halvorson who led the break and found a cutting Tatum Meyer under the basket for a bucket and foul.  That run pushed the lead to 27-6 at the end of the first quarter.

Waukon got good minutes off the bench from a number of players and held their lead through the 2nd quarter and end of game for the final score of 38-19.

The Indians were led in scoring by Mary Halvorson with 11 points.  Logan Hjerleid was second with 8 points.  Carissa Berger and Tatum Meyer chipped in with 6 and 4 points respectively.   Megan Stewart, Keisha Troendle , Kristyna Herman and Sarah Wulner all put down a bucket each for the Tribe.

Waukon will open the regular season on Friday with a home game vs the Postville Pirates.  Freshmen game starts at 6:15 with Varsity action slated to start 30 minutes after that.

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