Knoxville Knockout

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.


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