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74 Waconia High School
64 New Prague High School
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Waconia High School vs New Prague High School
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It was a playoff like atmosphere in the New Prague High School gym on Friday night when the Wildcats beat the Trojans 74-64. The Cats led the entire first half and for the first several minutes of the second half, but the Trojans made a run and took a 4 point lead with 8 minutes to play. Waconia responded and held a narrow lead with 4 minutes remaining. Clutch free throw shooting and stout defense in the closing minutes propelled the Cats to the victory.
New Prague shot a scorching 52% (12 for 23) from the 3 point line but it wasn’t enough to keep up with the Cats. Waconia was 7 for 18 beyond the arc. A key stat was the Wildcats 68 shot attempts compared to only 52 by New Prague. These extra shots were courtesy of the Cats 15 to 21 turnover advantage and 14 offensive rebounds compared to only 5 second chance shots by the Trojans. Waconia won the rebounding battle 33-20.
Natalie Meath had a huge night with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Meath hit three big second half three pointers to help the team to victory. Tess Johnson had 6 steals and 16 points. Jayda Lenz had 12 points and dished out 7 assists. Sydni Olson and Courtney Freeberg each added 9 points.
Waconia improves to 17 and 6 on the season but most important, the win means the Wildcats will have a chance to win a share of the WCC East Championship when they host Holy Family next Thursday.
The JV Cats trounced the Trojans 72-47. Mel Honnold had 15 points in only a half of action. Hailey Williams poured in 13. Sarah Cravens and Sami Brueggemeier added 12. Dani Dykstra scored 11. The JV Cats have only 1 loss in WCC East play so with a win vs. Holy Family they secure the JV conference championship.
Speaking of championship teams, our 9th grade team has already locked up the 9th grade conference championship now that they dispatched New Prague 55-33. Mackenzie Amundson dominated in the paint and hit two 3’s to score 20 points. Lauren Hanson and Hallie Roitenberg each pitched in 10.
All three teams return to action on Monday as they host New Ulm in a make up game from the cold blast a few weeks ago.