Girls Wildcat Basketball · Cats Win at “Community Clash”

48 Monticello High School
60 Waconia High School
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It was a full day of basketball in St. Michael for the annual “Breakdown Community Clash” featuring more than a dozen girls and boys varsity games. The Wildcats were pitted against the Monticello Magic and the Cats came away with a 60-48 win.
Waconia raced out to an early double digit lead and was up 35-27 at intermission. A glance at the first half stats would leave a person puzzled as to how Waconia managed to score so many points as the Cats made only 4 of their 20 two point attempts (20%). But further examination would show it was shooting from long range that was the key. Waconia was 6 for 15 from deep (40%) and was also 6 for 9 from the free throw line. The Cats shot 31.5% overall in the first half and still managed to put up a lot of points.
The Magic shot 38% in the first half but they trailed because of turnovers and rebounding. The Cats had 5 turnovers compared to 10 by Monticello and Waconia outrebounded the taller Magic. All this translated to 9 more shot attempts for the Cats.
Waconia led by double digits until the final 4 minutes of the first half when posts Natalie Meath and Courtney Freeberg were both forced to the bench with foul trouble. Monticello was able to get the ball in to their towering posts and close the gap.
In the second half the Cats expanded the lead back to as many as 17, executing well on the offensive end and limiting the Magic on defense.
Overall, Waconia shot 34.5% for the game while Monticello made 35.4% of their shots. But the Cats had only 14 turnovers and made 6 more three pointers. Those two keys translated to the 12 point margin of victory.
The Cats won the rebounding battle 37-36. They scored 18 points off turnovers compared to 9 by the Magic.
Audrey Swanson was the leading rebounder for the Cats with 7. Addy Salzer, Tess Johnson, and Natalie Meath all scored in double figures. Johnson had a game high 5 assists.
Waconia is now 14 and 5 on the season. They return to action on Tuesday when they travel to take on section and conference opponent Delano.