Indians Prevail, Klinge Now Alone Atop All-Time Wins List

The Circus was on…..

The lights were bright, the camera bulbs were flashing, many former player, former fans and all sorts of extras, TV crews, and newspapers  were on hand as the 3A# 2 ranked Indians and legendary coach Gene Klinge battled the MFL Mar/Mac Bulldogs for a win in the 6th annual Rivalry Saturday @ The US Cellular Center Saturday Janurary 2nd.

Plenty of history made this game even better than the already great magnitude it had.  Klinge a Monona graduate, also got  his first ever coaching victory vs the Bulldogs in 1962,  was now trying to get the Iowa All-time victory mark vs his almamater. 

Along with the fact that this game was actually a “rivalry” as the Indians and Bulldogs had battled many grade school, junior high, traveling tournaments and even off season scrimmages through the last 6 years, and the result was always the same….two scrappy teams going after each other, and MFL always coming out on the end of victory.

The fans wanted this win, the media wanted to see it happen, the Coach, the players and family wanted it to happen.  MFL wanted to deny it and that showed early on as they came out ready to put a stop to a record setting  night.

The Bulldogs surged to an 11-3 lead late in the defenisive first quarter battle. Indian point Tatum Meyer got the Tribe fired up with a 3 pointer late in the quarter to get the Indians within 11-6 to end the first quarter.

Waukon continued through its first half jitters and started to put things together as senior center Mary Halvorson hit  a jumper to put the Indians ahead 15-14 for the first time on the night with only 3 minutes and change remaining in the first half.

Waukon held a 21-18 lead going into halftime.  Some nervous bodies, some pressure, and alot of fouls kept the Indians from gettting in rythm in the first hal.

The third quarter started at the same pace, slow low scoring and defensive, however the Indians pressure man to man defense finally started to break the Bulldogs down late in the third as the Tribe went on a 12-0 run which included a 3 point bomb from Halvorson and another from Meyer, along with a couple of steals and easy baskets from Logan Hjerleid and Kristyna Herman.

The Indians held at least an 8 point advantage the rest of the game, controlled the ball well and moved on to a 48-38 victory exclamation pointed by a Herman steal and Carissa Berger layup at the buzzer.

The teams shook hands and then the Indian players decided to “pull off” their own tribute to Coach Klinge as they ripped off thier game jerseys and revealed hand made white under shirts that stated “win #939” on the front and “congrats coach” on the back.

Plenty of hugs, handshakes, smiles and pats on the back later the Indians now stand 8-1 on the season and Klinge is King of the Mountainin the state of Iowa with 939 wins.

Halvorson led the way with 16 points for the Indians, she also had 5 rebounds and 3 steals.  Meyer had a tremendous game for the Indians as she had 11 points 8 assists and 2 steals.  Hjerleid was the third Indian in double digits with 11 as well.  Herman tallied 6 points and a team high 6 boards, and Carissa Berger had 4 points 5 rebounds and 2 assists.

For the Cedar Rapids Gazetter Article click here

for more Indian info check out www.neiowa.com

***Also, if you read this site regularly or are just checking it out for the first time, please feel free to post your own comment or well wish to Coach Klinge and the Indians.***

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One Response to “Indians Prevail, Klinge Now Alone Atop All-Time Wins List”

  1. Indians93 Says:

    Congrats to Coach Klinge on a tremendous accomplishment! A big congrats to the girls as well. What a great win!

    GO INDIANS!

    Here is a video on KWWL.com(you may have to cut and past the link back together)- http://www.kwwl.com/global/video/flash/popupplayer.asp?ClipID1=4430088&h1=Gene%20Klinge%20Record&vt1=v&at1=undefined&d1=55034&LaunchPageAdTag=Sport&undefined&activePane=info&rnd=23004807

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