Girls Wildcat Basketball · Tigers Roar Back to Beat Wildcats

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Waconia controlled the game for 30 of the 36 minutes on Friday night versus Hutchinson, but the Tigers roared back in the final 6 minutes for a stunning come from behind win.
Waconia led 31-18 at halftime and led 51-40 with 6 minutes to play, but just 2 and half minutes later the game was tied. Hutch made the next basket to take a 56-54 lead. Two Courtney Freeberg free throws tied the game with 1:45 remaining but those would be the last Wildcat points until a meaningless shot at the buzzer finally fell.
Before that buzzer beater Hutchinson outscored Waconia 23-5 in the final six minutes of the game. The Tigers scored on 10 of their final 11 possessions.
After shooting just 29.6% in the first half Hutch was a red hot 50% in the second half. They finished at 40.6% for the game. By contrast, Waconia shot only 33% in the first half and 31.8% for the game including an uncharacteristic 3 for 18 on threes (16.6%).
Another key to the game was turnovers. Waconia committed only 8 in the first half but they doubled that number in the second half. Hutch gave the ball away 11 times in the first half and only 3 times in the second.
Tess Johnson netted 14 and Sydni Olson added 13 to lead the Wildcat scoring. Natalie Meath had 10 rebounds. Audrey Swanson and Courtney Freeberg pitched in 6 each.
The loss moves Waconia to 15-6 overall and 5 and 3 in the WCC East. The Cats need to win their final two conference games (against New Prague and Holy Family) to earn a tie for the conference crown.
Our JV Cats improved to 7 and 1 in the WCC East with an impressive 56-30 victory. Mel Honnold had 14 points in just one half of action. Sami Brueggemeier poured in 13.
The freshman stayed undefeated in conference play with a 58-44 victory. Lauren Hanson was hot making 5 threes for all of her 15 points. Mackenzie Amundson and Nora each added 13 points to propel the team to victory.
All 3 teams return to action at home on Tuesday vs. Mpls. Southwest. It is parent’s night.