Archive for March, 2010

Indians fall to Heelan in 3A title game

Posted in Uncategorized on March 8, 2010 by waukongirlsbball

The Waukon Indians great season came to an end on Saturday night as they faced off vs the #1 ranked Crusaders in the title game.

The Indians got behind early but battled back and made it a 7 point game at halftime, trailing 37-30.

The second half showed the much experienced Crusaders pull away and finishe the game off by the score of 73-54.

Mary Halvorson finished the 3 game stretch with 69 points in the 3 games and was named to the 3A all tournament team.

Congratulations to a great season to all the Indian players and coaches. It was an extremely fun time to watch all these games and see all the success.

A special thanks to the 8 seniors who have put so much work in and will graduate this year. Mary Halvorson, Tatum Meyer, Leeta Sivesind, Leah Cooper, Logan Hjerleid, Keri Egan, Jordon Reiser and Carissa Berger.

Will have final season stats and some records that were broken later on. As well as some post season honors and a look to next season here in the future.


Indians advance with semi final victory over Algona

Posted in Uncategorized on March 6, 2010 by waukongirlsbball

Waukon comes through in the clutch
4 March 2010 12 Comments

Waukon players celebrate their 53-46 win over Algona in a Class 3A semifinal at the girls’ state basketball tournament Thursdayat Wells Fargo Arena. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
DES MOINES — Mary Halvorson held an ice pack to her jaw.

She was sore, but …

“Oh gosh, this is the best feeling ever,” she said.

It’s the feeling of a finalist.

Second-ranked Waukon built an 11-point third-quarter lead, blew it, then pulled away again to defeat No. 3 Algona, 53-46, in a Class 3A semifinal at the girls’ state basketball tournament Thursday night at Wells Fargo Arena.

“We’ve wanted this so bad,” said Halvorson, who scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. “Algona’s a great team. We just had to be physical with them.”

Waukon (25-1) faces No. 1 Sioux City Heelan (25-1) for the 3A championship at 6 p.m. Saturday.

“It’s really nice to win this game and have these girls get a chance to play for a championship,” said Waukon Gene Klinge.

“When we won the title in 2004, these girls were in the stands. They were determined then that they were going to form a travel team and become as good as they could be.”

Waukon’s Mary Halvorson (33) looks to the basket past Algona’s Emillie Kenne (12) in the first half. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Jordon Reiser added 13 points for the Indians. Reiser had been a part-time starter as a sophomore, but became a reserve after Logan Hjerleid moved into town.

“It was tough for a while, but I got used to it,” Reiser said. “I feel I have more success coming off the bench.”

Waukon used a 17-3 second-quarter run to take a 27-20 halftime lead, then extended it to 33-22 on a 3-pointer by Carissa Berger with 6:05 left in the third period.

But Algona (25-1) stormed back to tie it at 35-35, then again at 41-41.

Reiser broke the tie with a basket, then Halvorson added another to make it 45-41.

At 47-44, Kristyna Herman made four straight free throws to seal it.

“We just didn’t get the defensive stops we needed,” said Bulldogs Coach Brad Sudol.

“We tried double- and triple-teaming Halvorson, but she’s such a tough kid, and Waukon has kids around her that play their roles very well.”

At 5-foot-11, Halvorson did her damage in the teeth of a defense that stood 6-4, 6-2 and 5-11. And Waukon inexplicably tallied a 33-21 rebounding advantage.

“I just threw in a lot of pump fakes and ball fakes,” Halvorson said. “You just can’t back down against them.”

Natalie Hackbarth led Algona with 16 points. Kirsten Lipps added 15.

The Waukon Indians are going to the State Championship game!

Waukon overcame a height disadvantage and beat formerly undefeated Algona 53-46.

The Indians were led by Mary Halvorson’s 22 points and 11 rebounds. Jordon Reiser provided another stellar effort off the bench and scored 13 points and ripped down 5 rebounds as well.

Carissa Berger and Kristyna Herman added 6 points each, Herman also tallied 6 boards.

Just a short update today as we are all in Des Moines. Will have total game story sometime sunday evening.

Waukon takes on #1 ranked Sioux City Heelan and will have their hands full but should be a solid game. 6pm Saturday night is gametime.

Knoxville Knockout

Posted in Uncategorized on March 3, 2010 by waukongirlsbball

The Indians are back in familiar territory……. The semi-finals of the state tournament.

Waukon advanced with a 61-50 win over a tough Knoxville Panther team who was looking to push the #2 ranked Indians to the brink with some great outside shooting and by also getting the Tribe into plenty of foul trouble.

Kristyna Herman picked up her 3rd foul in the first 3 and a half minutes of the game. Logan Hjerleid got her 3rd with 5:50 to go in the first half, and Tatum Meyer picked up her 4th foul with 3:52 to go in the 3rd.

Things were looking a little grim at that point, but the Indians bench stepped up and played some huge minutes. Jordon Reiser who has been a staple all season long was her consistant self. Chelsey Dreckman came in for five tough minutes and had to gaurd Knoxvilles best player, and Mullen Wacker, a sophmore stepping on the floor in the state tournament for the first time ever came in and played comfortably as if she was in a pick up game on a Sunday afternoon at the Waukon Wellness Center.

All 8 Indians that saw action scored and contributed in some way.

The Indians fought off early free throw shooting troubles and sunk 9-13 in the final five minutes. They also held off a furious rally from Knoxville’s Sam Abens who hit 7 three pointers in the game, at one point hit 3 consecutive bombs early in the fourth to pull back into the game from an 11 point deficet.

Waukon was led by Mary Halvorson with 23 points and 8 rebounds. The balanced attack was rounded out by Kristyna Herman’s 11 points…..all in the second half. Jordon Reiser popped in 9 as well did Logan Hjerleid.

The Indians advance to play #3 and 24-0 Algona on Thursday at 7 30 pm.

Waukon fights through foul trouble, downs Knoxville
2 March 2010 No Comment

Waukon’s Mary Halvorson drives to the basket past Kelsey Kingery of Knoxville in the Indians’ 61-50 victory in a Class 3A quarterfinal at the girls’ state basketball tournament Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Arena. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
DES MOINES — Kristyna Herman sat. And she brooded.

Then she came back and made a difference.

Second-ranked Waukon overcame foul trouble and the long-range shooting of Sam Abens to subdue No. 12 Knoxville, 61-50, in a Class 3A quarterfinal at the girls’ state tournament Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Arena.

“We hung in there and got the job done,” said Mary Halvorson, who led the Indians (24-1) with 23 points and eight rebounds.

Waukon advances to face No. 3 Algona (25-0) in a semifinal at 7:30 Thursday night.

“Just like last year, we’ve won one game out here,” said Indians Coach Gene Klinge, who posted the 955th victory of his 48-year career. “Now we hope to win another one.

“We’ve got eight seniors who have stuck it out. I’m happy for them.”

It only took 3 1/2 minutes for Herman to pick up three fouls.

“It was horrible,” she said. “I’m not used to fouling this much. It was frustrating right away.”

Waukon’s Kristyna Herman grabs a pace in front of Sam Abens and Katie Ayers of Knoxville. Herman scored all of her 11 points in the second half. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Logan Hjerleid was whistled for her third early in the second quarter. And point guard Tatum Meyer got her fourth in the third quarter.

But backups like Jordon Reiser and Mullen Wacker helped keep the Indians afloat.

“We have a deep bench, and they play hard every single night,” Hjerleid said.

Waukon sandwiched an 11-0 run around the third-quarter break to take a 43-32 lead, with Herman, Halvorson and Hjerleid doing all the damage.

Herman scored all 11 of her points in the second half. Reiser and Hjerleid added nine apiece.

Abens hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to bring Knoxville (23-2) within 48-45.

Then came the game’s signature moment. Halvorson scored as she was fouled. She missed the free throw, but Herman got the rebound, was fouled and made two freebies for a 52-45 lead.

Abens was 7-of-13 from long range with an unorthodox delivery and scored 28 points.

“I’ll give her credit,” Hjerleid said. “It was tough guarding her. She hit a couple in a row and I got a little scared.”

A little scared, maybe. But still alive.

The Final Countdown

Posted in Uncategorized on March 1, 2010 by waukongirlsbball

In the last week the Indians have been preparing….For a stanza, a final possible 3 game run, the final countdown for a group of seniors that has led the Indians to 44 wins over the past two seasons.

8 seniors, with some great help from a handfull of under classmen have the #2 ranked Waukon Indians set to do battle with Knoxville @ 6 30 pm in the quarterfinals of the 2010 state basketball tournament.

Knoxville is also 23-1 and is a team that will be a likeness to Charles City…… They shoot 3’s and plenty of them. If Waukon can defend the 3 ball and put a couple of them in themselves they could have a good chance to win this game.

check back Wednesday morning for game story and stats