WACO girls, boys defeat Winfield-Mt. Union
WINFIELD — WACO got the best of its Southeast Iowa Super Conference North Division rivals in both the boys’ and the girls’ basketball games at Winfield-Mt. Union on Friday night.
The girls started off the night with a 52-46 Warrior win, and the WACO boys followed with a 44-36 victory.
In the girls’ game, WACO took a lead early, ending the first quarter up 13-8.
They held on to that advantage through the second quarter, taking a 25-21 lead into the locker room.
In the third quarter, the Warriors blew open the game. They put 19 points on the board and limited W-MU to only seven in the eight minutes after the half.
In the final quarter of the game, W-MU turned the tables on WACO, outscoring the visitors 18-8, but it was too little, too late for the Wolves.
Friday night’s game was the first win of the season for the Warriors. They are now 1-3 overall and in the SEISC North.
The Wolves drop to 3-2 overall. Friday night was their first conference loss; they are now 3-1 in the SEISC North.
On the night, the Wolves shot only 12-for-49 (24.5 percent) from the field, including five baskets in 15 attempts from three-point range.
WACO went 18-for-53, shooting 34.0 percent from the floor. They made two of 10 three-pointers.
On the line, W-MU was 17-for-24. WACO made 14 of 33 free throw attempts.
W-MU’s Cassie Kingery led all scorers with 17 points on four-for-12 shooting, and she made three shots from deep. She was also six-for-eight from the line.
Alicia Escher had 12 points for the Wolves; she went three-for-seven from the floor, sinking the only three-pointer she attempted, and was a perfect five-for-five from the stripe.
Aaliyah Brown put up 16 points for WACO on seven-for-10 shooting. She also made two of six free throws.
Gaby Wagler also broke double figures with a 10-point game, making five of six shots from the floor.
Jaelyn Unternahrer scored eight points, including both of the team’s baskets from beyond the arc, and Jalyssa Jepson added seven points.
Every WACO player who saw time on the floor scored; Erika Leichty put up five points, Hannah Black had four and Jennie Greene scored two.
WACO won the rebounding battle handily, 42-28, led by Brown, who had 12 boards for the Warriors.
Wagler grabbed nine rebounds and Leichty pulled down eight.
Escher and Shelby Therme each had six rebounds for W-MU.
Also for W-MU, Paige Breon had four assists and Kingery had six steals. Escher and Therme each had one block.
For WACO, Brown dished six assists and Greene had three. Jepson had three thefts.
In the boys’ game, Winfield scored the first three points of the game, but WACO took over the lead midway through the first quarter and never looked back.
At halftime, the Warriors led by a score of 25-19, and stretched it to 32-23 by the end of the third quarter. W-MU made a bit of a dent in the last few minutes, but WACO held on for the win.
WACO’s Tyler Ayers led all scorers with 13 points, and Klinton Garrett was right behind with 12.
Jake Edwards had 11 points for W-MU, and Garret Baker added nine.
Baker also had a team-high 12 rebounds, and Edwards pulled down nine boards. Edwards also dished two assists, and had two steals and two blocks.
No other stats for the WACO boys’ team were available at press time.
The Warriors are now 2-0 overall and in the conference. They host Iowa Mennonite School tonight. The varsity girls start at 6 p.m., followed by the varsity boys.
W-MU is 0-2 on the season and in the SEISC North.
The Wolves host Mediapolis tonight (Tuesday), starting with the varsity girls’ game at 6 p.m. The varsity boys will follow.