Warriorettes are 8B District champions by Tyler Knudson The first-seeded Wakonda Warriorettes entered the District 8B Tournament on Thursday, Feb. 27 to take on the hosts of the tournament, the Gayville-Volin Raiderettes. This was the semi-final game as the Warriorettes received a first round bye on Monday. The winner would take on Centerville, who won earlier that night against Hurley, for the championship on Friday. The Warriorettes overpowered the Raiderettes 69-28.
Both teams came out with tournament jitters. The first quarter score was 13-7.
The second quarter went better for the Warriorettes. The Warriorettes with an overall record of 15-4, outscored the Raiderettes 14-3. Wakonda led at halftime with a 27-10 score.
Many players saw action as the Warriorettes dominated the whole second half.
Top performers for the Warriorettes were leading scorer, Kim Henriksen, 18; Meghan Martz, 15; Lindsay Nelson, 11; and Rachel Bentaas, 10. Nikki Johnston led in rebounding with five. Nelson dished out six assists in the effort.
Friday, Feb. 28 set the scene for another Wakonda vs. Centerville final. The last time the Warriorettes won a district final was 1994, a state championship season. Since then, the Centerville Tornadoes have won districts under the direction of head coach Lisa Kraning but were stopped at the region level.
But, this night Wakonda came in as first seed and Centerville as second seed, and that's the way it would end.
Again both teams seemed to suffer from nervousness as both were cold in the shooting area. The first quarter saw the Warriorettes behind, 5-7. The second quarter went about the same, except the Warriorettes took a 2-point lead into the locker room at half: 14-12.
The green team came out with an attitude, scoring 17 of their own and holding Centerville to only 2 points: 31-16. Meghan Martz scored three 3-pointers in the third to shut the door on Centerville's hopes for another district championship.
The fourth quarter ended without Centerville able to come back. The final score was 46-26.
Wakonda third-year head coach Stacy Huber, (44-20), said, "Finally, the girls have broken a seven-year streak of district championship losses. These girls have overcome injuries and have put in more time in the off-season than anyone, and now deserve to carry the District 8B torch to try our luck at Baltic in regionals. They may be starting a tradition of their own."
Performances worth mentioning in the final game are Johnston with 16 points, Martz, 12; Henriksen, 6; and Andrea Gregoire with 6. Leading rebounders were Johnston with 12 and Henriksen with eight. Chelsa Bohlmann and Rachel Bentaas each had three assists.