WACO basketball teams fall to Van Buren in home doubleheader
BY ANDY KRUTSINGER
Mt. Pleasant News
WAYLAND — The WACO basketball teams played a couple of tight games on Tuesday night against Van Buren, but neither team was able to pull out a win.
The girls held a double-digit lead at halftime, but couldn’t quite hold on in a 38-37 loss. The boys suffered a 65-50 loss, thanks in part to a rough third quarter.
The girls got out to a great start defensively, holding a very talented Warrior team to just five points in the first quarter and seven in the second period.
WACO led 14-5, after the first period and stretched their lead to 24-12 at halftime, thanks in part to four first-half three-pointers.
Halle Kissell had one of those three-pointers and led the team with nine points at the half. Kiana Miller hit two from outside in the first quarter and scored eight points in the first two quarters.
Van Buren began to claw back in the third quarter. They cut the WACO lead to 30-24 going into the final period.
WACO still clung to a lead throughout the fourth quarter, only giving up the lead in the final two minutes. WACO trailed, 34-33, with one minute left and couldn’t pull out the victory, falling in a heartbreaker.
Van Buren post Taryn Scheuermann was the player to break WACO’s back in the loss. She hit four three-pointers in the second half and finished with 21 points.
Miller and Kissell each finished the game with 12 points to lead the way for WACO. Kristen Conley had seven points. Clara Schmidt scored four and Nadiyah Brown had two.
The boys trailed by one point, at 13-12, at the end of the first quarter. They were able to stick with Van Buren in the second, but still trailed, 29-24 at halftime. Colton Horak had seven points over the first two periods to lead the team.
Van Buren went on a huge run in the third quarter, outscoring WACO 19-5 over the first seven minutes of the second half. They led 50-32 after three periods and never looked back, walking out with a 15-point win.
Cornell Hulme scored 10 points in the second half and led WACO with 14 overall. Wyatt Harbison scored 12. Horak and Beau Beckler each finished with seven. Jacob Fried had six points and the duo of Calvin Battle and Conner Eichelberger scored two apiece.