The #2 ranked Waukon Indian girls basketball team was looking to take the next step towards their ultimate goal for the season. This step was to advance to the state tournament in Des Moines.

Waukon had a tough task in facing off vs a very good Central Dewitt team who came in ranked 9th in 3A and with an overall record of 19-3, their losses coming to 3 teams that have now made the state tournament in their respective classes. CR Kennedy (4A) Marion (3A) and Mt Vernon (2A).

The Indians got the lead early on two baskets by Logan Hjerleid at 4-0, the pace slowed after that and Dewitt’s two stud players Jen Kietel and Lindsay Smith scored 7 straight to take a 7-4 lead. The Indians called a quick timeout and adjusted. Waukon scored two baskets in the final minutes of the 1st quarter to take an 8 to 7 lead after 1 period.

The Indian defense started to tighten up and hold down Dewitt. Mary Halvorson started to heat up and scored 8 of the Indians 10 points in the second, and the Tribe took an 18 to 11 lead into halftime.

With such a defensive battle going on, points were at a premium and Waukon wanted to come out and push their lead early in the 3rd. The Sabers were having different ideas as they scored the first 5 points in the third to make the score 18-16 Indians.

After that initial rush the two teams traded baskets to keep the game close through the third, the Sabers eventually taking a 25-24 lead with 35 seconds left in the 3rd.

Thats when Jordon Reiser stepped up and answered the bell with yet another big 3 points shot to take the lead back at 27-25 at the end of the 3rd frame.

The fourth quarter started and Mary Halvorson took over……

The Indians had their highest output for a quarter when they needed it, and Halvorson hit big shot after big shot to keep the Indians ahead and with 2:20 to go in the game after a timeout the Tribe was to inbound under their own basket, with most of the Saber team worried about Halvorson a great play for Reiser was created and she knocked home an 8 footer off the glass to give the Indians a 37-31 lead.

After a defensive stop the Indians were content to hold the ball spread the floor and try and win from the line. Halvorson went 5-6 down the stretch from the charity stripe and the Indians pulled away for an exhilarating 43-31 victory in the regional final.

Halvorson scored 13 of the Indians 16 points in the fourth and led all scorers with 25 points on the night, she also pulled down 6 rebounds and had 3 steals.

Logan Hjerleid had a great game with 11 points and 4 boards, and should get alot of credit for gaurding Saber gaurd Lindsay Smith for most of the game and holding her somewhat in check, especially down the stretch.

Reiser was also big as she scored 7 points, all were crucial baskets for the Indians.

Kristyna Herman was held scorless on the night but had a team high 8 rebounds, along with 2 assists and 3 steals.

The Indians had 8 turnovers in the first half, but only 2 in the 2nd, which can be attributed to great gaurd play also by Tatum Meyer and Carissa Berger with floor spacing and controling the ball late in the game.

Waukon moves on to the State tournament where they will face Knoxville(#12) in a first round state game Tuesday March 2nd.

This trip to state is Coach Gene Klinge’s 16th trip in hid career and Waukon’s 4th trip to Des Moines in 7 years. The Indians 23-1 overall are coming off a semi finalist finish from last season, losing to Ballard the eventual 3A champs.

Check back for more stories on this game from other papers, and a preview of the state tournament.

KWWL.com also has a nice video from the news story last evening they did at the game.

Check out http://www.neiowa.com for more info


3 Responses to “ON TO STATE AGAIN!”

  1. Knoxville is an outside shooting team with average height. In the regional final vs Carlisle they took 31 3-pt shots and have taken 494 3-pointers for the season. Great defense will prevail. GO INDIANS!!!

  2. Wild Bill you are a research machine! I am in total agreement. Great job so far ladies, keep it rolling!

  3. waukongirlsbbal Says:

    Knoxville is very very similar to charles city as far as I can tell. Hopefully our perimeter defense can stay strong and out in the shooters faces and keep their looks limited. Also looks like they sit in a zone defense

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