Indians Win A Wild One In OT VS Decorah

The Waukon Indians had some tough competition from a fired up Decorah Vikings squad on Tuesday night.

Waukon trailed multiple times in the first half and in the third quarter, but none of the moments were as desperate as when they trailed by four with 45 seconds left in regulation.  What led up to that point was some of the Indians had a bit of a down game, some others stepped up, Decorah played and shot the ball very well, but in the end it was too much Mary Halvorson.

Waukon got out to an early lead at 4-0 on a basket by Halvorson and a free throw each from Berger and Hjerleid.  The lead remained small as the Vikings seemed to matching the Indians intensity on defense.  Viking Senior Sam Cuvelier gave Decorah their first lead of the night late in the first at 11-10, the Indians answered and led 12-11 at the end of the first period.

The game remained tight through the early second quarter. Tatum Meyer picked up her third fould and was replaced by sophmore point gaurd Mullen Wacker.   Halvorson gave the Tribe a four point lead on a nice drive and layup to the basket, which was followed by a Jordon Reiser 3 point bomb to give the Indians their biggest lead at 25 to 17 with 2 minutes to go in the half.

Waukon held a 27-21 lead at the half.  Decorah was still in the game despite only 6 first half fg’s, however the Vikings were a perfect 9-9 from the line in the first half.

The Vikings climed back into the game and tied it at 33 appeice  with 3 minutes to go in the third quarter on a Moran Lonning driving basket and then took a 36-35 lead on another Cuvelier 3 pointer. 

The Indians answered with Halvorson who began her offensive onslaught, as the Indians inbounded the ball from their sideline with 3.2 seconds left got the lob pass to Halvorson at the elbow who turned left made some space from the defender and nailed a 17 foot fade away jumper as the 3rd quarter buzzer sounded to give the Tribe some momentum and a 41-36 lead.

That momentum was stopped fast as Cuvelier and Lonning continued to hit shots.  Tied at 45 with 3 minutes left the Indians hit a tough stretch with a couple of turnovers and non high percentage shots.  The Vikings answered with buckets on back to back possesions to take a 49-45 lead with under a minute to go.

Thats when the magic happened.

A missed shot was corraled by Halvorson who then just decided to take the ball up the floor herself weaving through defenders getting in the lane and pulling up for a 7 foot jumper in the lane to cut the deficet to 2.  The Indians were then choatic on defense tipped a pass that went to an open Karli Ramstead and in the hectic pace tried for a 16 foot baseline dagger.  The shot was off and Halvorson grabbed yet another rebound to get the ball back with 17 seconds to go.

The Indians advanced the ball quickly got to the wing and found Halvorson just inside the top of the key who with no hesitation knocked home an 18 footer to tie the game.  Decorah had a final chance but turned the ball over with 3 seconds left and the Indians desperation half court heave hit front iron to leave the crowd in a frenzy.

OT went back and forth a bit, Meyer was fouled out after a minute in OT.  Halvorson hit the first basket.  The next possesion Berger drove the lane hard and had to earn the points at the free throw line which both found the bottome of the net to give Waukon a 53 4-9 lead.  The Vikings answered with a basket of their own.

Waukon nearly turned the ball over but got a jump ball call.  Inbounded the ball to Reiser who saw an alley and drove left through the lane stopped and hit a picture perfect 8 foot bank shot…..those points were needed as Cuvelier answered with yet another 3 to cut the lead to one.

The Indians spread the court as the clock wound down and guess who? was fouled to try and ice the game.  Halvorson knocked both home and the Vikings desperation shot to tie the game was off and the Tribe got the exciting 57-54 win.

Halvorson was hot in the OT as well as she scored a career high 30 points on the night.  20 came in the second half and overtime, she also had a team high 12 rebounds.  Carissa Berger and Jordon Reiser both hit big shots/free throws in overtime as the Indians prevailed 57-54 in an unreal game.

Halvorson was 8-9 from the floor and 4-4 from the line in the second half.

Hjerleid and Berger both scored 7 points for the Indians.  Hjerleid had 5 assists and Berger had 3 on the night.  Kristyna Herman had 6 points and 7 rebounds, Reiser finished with 5 to pace Waukon.

A crazy night in the NEIC conference as all three games went into overtime.  New Hampton got its first conference win over Waverly, and Cresco stayed perfect besides their one loss vs the Indians with a 67-64 overtime victory over Charles City.

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2 Responses to “Indians Win A Wild One In OT VS Decorah”

  1. Indian Fan Says:

    That was the most fun I have had at a game in quite a while. Great job Mary on your career high! Keep it up ladies. The 04 state champion team beat Decorah in OT at home during their undefeated season too. I think it is a sign of things to come!

  2. Wild game – wild night. No team in the NEIC should be taken for granted – as was demonstrated last Tuesday night. Three more conference games (New Hampton twice on the 5th and 13th and Cresco on the 9th) and then back home for the first round of the playoffs vs Decorah on the 17th.

    Let’s fill the stands and cheer them on like we did on Tuesday (I’ve heard they play with passion and intensity when the crowd is involved in the game – they like the NOISE).

    Good Luck Indians!

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