Waukon Defeats Cresco, Wraps Up 2nd Straight NEIC Title

The Waukon Indians came out hot in the early going, and were looking to put the Cadets away early…. Logan Hjerleid got 6 quick points and the Indians jumped out to a 10-4 lead but the Cadets battled back and took a 12-10 lead late in the first quarter. The Indians however tied the game at 12 to end the first quarter.

Waukon held a small lead through the second quarter but Cresco got a couple of transition baskets and took a 20-17 lead with 2 minutes left in the half. The Indians were cold from the perimeter as they missed their first 8 3 point attempts vs the packed in Crestwood 2-3 zone, and the Cadets even hit their own three to push their lead to 25-21 with 25 seconds left in the half, however Jordon Reiser answered big with her 2nd 3 point bomb as the 1st half buzzer sounded to make the score 25-24 Crestwood.

Hjerleid stayed hot and got the first bucket of the second half and the game went back and forth at that point and the Cadets took the lead again at 29-28 with 3 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter.

Waukon then went on a huge 9-0 run to bust the game open. It started with a frantic rebound and put back by Tatum Meyer who got fouled and sunk the free throw. Mary Halvorson then got a basket down low. Hjerleid struck again on a drive and basket.

Halvorson then got an open court steal and took it one on one vs the lone Crestwood defender who was back and drove by her with an open court move and got the basket.

Crestwood answered back again with an inside bucket, but with time running down in the 3rd Jordon Reiser struck again from downtown as the buzzer sounded and the Indians had a 40-31 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Crestwood came out in man to man in the fourth but it was too late. The Indians moved the ball well, hit shots when they were open and went an incredible 13-14 from the line in the second half as they did not have a FT in the first half. That lead to the Indians widening the gap and winning the game 58-43.

Reiser came off the bench to lead the Indians with 15 on the night. Mary Halvorson and Logan Hjerleid both finished with 12 points. Halvorson also had 5 steals and 7 rebounds. Tatum Meyer popped in 9 and Kristyna Herman finished with 8 points and 14 huge rebounds along with 7 steals.

Congratulations to the Indians who now have won 23 NEIC games in a row and have their second Conference Crown and own a overall record of 19-1. Coach Gene Klinge records career win #950 and the Indians just have one bump left in the road to keep them from a perfect conference season, New Hampton on Saturday.

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