Girls Wildcat Basketball · Girls Varsity Basketball beats Big Lake 75 – 72

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The cardiac Cats did it again with a 75-72 overtime win over Big Lake at the Breakdown “Community Clash” in St. Michael. While almost no stats are available (the team scorebook was left in St. Michael) a couple things were certain:
1. Big Lake shot a blistering percentage for most of the game and
2. The Wildcats were relentless in the face of tough circumstances
It was a physical game and Waconia proved they were up to the task. Trailing by 6 with about 8 minutes to play Tess Johnson sparked a big run with several steals for layups to help the Cats surge into the lead. Preliminary stats had Johnson getting 10 steals in the game.
Despite her efforts the Wildcat still trailed by 3 with 25 seconds remaining. That’s when Allie Zimmer stepped foot on the court for the first time all game and the freshman calmly drove to the rim, drew a foul, and finished the layup to trim the lead to just one. With just seconds remaining Zimmer made the clutch free throw to tie the score.
Big Lake came down and missed a shot. Ellie Dammann got the rebound and threw an outlet. The Cats had one last shot at the buzzer in regulation but it missed long and the two teams would play an extra 4 minutes.
Dammann won the overtime tip and Senior Sidney Zieske buried a big three to get the Cats off to a great start. Waconia would score the first 8 points of the overtime to take control. But Big Lake wouldn’t go away. The Hornets hit two three pointers of their own in the final 35 seconds and with Waconia up just 2 in the closing seconds Zieske hit 3 out of 4 free throws to put the Cats up 75-70. The Hornets hit a putback at the buzzer to make the final score 75-72.
While official stats won’t be available until Sunday, preliminary stats had Courtney Freeberg as the leading rebounder grabbing 11. Estelle Marker had 8 boards and as indicated above Tess Johnson had 10 of the team’s 20 steals.
The Wildcats move to 15 and 5 on the season.
The JV Cats had a successful performance winning 63-49 over Buffalo’s JV. Dani Dykstra netted 16, Sydni Olson added 15, and Allie Zimmer scored 11.
Our 9th grade Cats crushed Monticello 62-21. Melissa Honnold had 20 and Sami Brueggemeier added 19 to lead the charge.
On Monday the C team will travel to New Prague while the JV and Varsity make the trip to Dassel-Cokato to take on the Chargers in an important section matchup.