Warriors split with Wildcats
COLUMBUS JUNCTION — The WACO boys’ basketball team improved in every quarter of its 65-51 win over Columbus Community on Friday night, while a big fourth quarter for the Wildcats sealed the Warrior girls’ 45-31 loss.
In the boys’ game, WACO scored 13 points in the first quarter, 15 in the second and 17 in the third before capping the win with a 20-point fourth quarter. They held the Wildcats to only 11 points in the final eight minutes to secure the victory.
Tyler Ayers scored a game-high 26 points for the Warriors. Aaron Barnhart added 13 points and Klinton Garrett chipped in 10. Five other Warriors scored at least two points each.
Barnhart led the team in rebounding, pulling down 14 boards to finish with a double-double.
Ayers dished six assists and Tucker Janecek had two steals.
In the girls’ game, WACO went down early and was trailing 26-18 at halftime. Neither team could find the basket in the third quarter, but the Warriors made up a little ground, outscoring the Wildcats 4-2 in the eight minutes after halftime.
Columbus shut the door in the fourth quarter, however, going on a 17-9 run for the win.
Four WACO players had six points each to lead the team: Jaelyn Unternahrer, Jordan Rodgers, Gaby Wagler and Aaliyah Brown. Hannah Black scored four points and Jalyssa Jepson posted three.
Wagler had five rebounds, while Rodgers and Brown pulled down four and three boards, respectively.
Jepson dished five assists; she and Brown each and had two steals.
The WACO girls are now 6-13 on the season and 5-12 in the Southeast Iowa Super Conference North Division; the boys are 6-11 overall and 6-9 in the SEISC North.
They will play again tonight (Tuesday), hosting Lone Tree in a varsity girls’ and boys’ doubleheader, starting with the girls’ game at 6 p.m.