Warriorettes win season-opener 46-22 The Wakonda girls took on foe Gayville-Volin Raiderettes in Tri-Valley Conference play Thursday, Dec. 11.
The Warriorettes come into the season with four returning letterwinners from last year's 17-5 District 8B Championship team. Their hope is to repeat as district champs and have another try at the regional game for a bid to the state tournament in March.
Thursday the Warriorettes came out fast with a 13-2 first quarter lead over the home team, Raiderettes.
"Our defense was tenacious and never ending," said fourth year head coach Stacy Huber. The visitors only allowed 22 points in four quarters for Gayville-Volin. The Warriorettes scored 46 of their own in fast-break style and made 75 percent of their 22 free throws. Coach Huber was really proud of their aggressive offense and the way they stepped up to make 16 points from free throws.
The scoring for the Warriorettes was fairly balanced with senior Nikki Johnston leading the offensive attack with 13 followed closely by classmate Lindsay Nelson with 12 points. Seniors Chelsa Bohlmann and Kim Henriksen combined to add 8 and 7 points respectively for their team. Coming off the bench was
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sophomore Tiffany Ganschow scoring 6 in her debut as a varsity player.
On the boards, Henriksen skied over all players with her personal best of 18 rebounds. Johnston pulled down nine more, point guard Bohlmann secured six of her own, and Ganschow with five. Bohlmann was also ripping balls from her opponent's hands with five steals.
Nelson, Henriksen, and Johnston each took three more steals from Gayville-Volin to help cause their 23 turnovers. Nelson got the ball to her teammates with three assists and Bohlmann added two more. Johnston stood in the middle and blocked three shots in her defensive effort.
As a team the Warriorettes dominated all stats; however, they hope to improve on their cool 28 percent shooting percentage from the field. They were hot from the line with 75 percent. They won the rebound battle 54 to 29.
The "B" game wasn't quite as successful as the varsity game turned out for the Warriorettes. Wakonda lost the "B" game 20-29.