Indians Defeat Decorah in Intense First Round Game

The Waukon Indian players and coaching staff knew it would be tough. Both players, coaches and fans wondered for the last two weeks if the overtime victory vs Decorah was a bad game by the Indians or a much improved Decorah squad…….Now we know.

The Vikings have been much improved but the Indians were ready and got a great experience tonite as they travel on the journey towards a possible state tournament berth.

Waukon Senior High gym was an electric atmosphere right from the start……visions from the 04-05 season were there as the line outside grew down the sidewalk outside the school in the minutes before the doors opened……First round game or not, this was Big.

Decorah scored the first basket…….as they did in every quarter of the game tonite and then jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the early going. The Indians took an unusual early timeout and it seemed to help as the Indians climbed back in and took the lead on a jumper by Carissa Berger and then an offensive rebound and put back by Mary Halvorson . Halvorson then cashed in on her first two free throws of the night as well.

Waukon moved on to take a 16-11 lead by the end of the first quarter on back to back baskets by Kristyna Herman.

The Indians continued to be patient vs the Decorah zone which switched several times from 2-3 to 1-3-1. Decorah scored the first three buckets of the 2nd to regain the lead but Berger struck back with a driving basket to get it right back for the Tribe.

Both teams continued to trade baskets through the second and Halvorson and Logan Hjerleid each got a pair of baskets to push the Indian lead to 28-25, then in the waiting moments of the first half Tatum Meyer struck from downtown to give the Indians a 31-25 lead going into halftime.

Waukon held onto their lead by the smallest ammounts early in the 3rd as it was cut down to 1 at 33-32, then Meyer knocked home another 3 point shot. Halvorson struck from downlow and Hjerleid got a break away steal and layup to give the Tribe a 40-32 cushion going into the fourth.

The Vikings came out of the zone with about 5 30 remaining in the game to a full court press and the first possesion of that, Jordon Reiser got the ball about 80 feet from the basket, split a double team and drove the ball all the way to about 6 feet from the rim where she pulled up and hit to give the Indians a 10 point cushion.

The Indians turned the ball over twice vs the press but the next time got a layup on great execution by Kristyna Herman to push the lead back to 48-37 with less than 2 minutes to go.

The Indians were very cold from the free throw line late in the game but the Vikings were just as cold from the field and never threatened closer than 8 points in the final minutes. The Tribe held on for a 50-42 win.

Mary Halvorson and Kristyna led a balanced Indian attack with identical numbers of 12 points and 8 rebounds each. Halvorson also added 5 assists and 3 steals. Logan Hjerleid added 10 points, and Tatum Meyer finished with 8 points and a team high 6 assists. Berger and Reiser both added 4 points in the Indian victory.

The Indians will take on West Delaware on Saturday night in Waukon. Game time will be 7pm once again.


2 Responses to “Indians Defeat Decorah in Intense First Round Game”

  1. Everyone played well but just got to say…Tatum…awesome defense!!

  2. Great defense on key Decorah players! Need to make free throws – especially in the final quarter.

    Marion beat Benton Community 65-55 but the game was as close as 53-50 in favor of Marion when Benton began to foul. Marion’s senior guard, Brittany Fish, shut the door making eight straight free throws in the final minute. The one-pointers are as important as the two and three-pointers in a close game.

    Good luck Indians!!!

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