Warriorettes place seventh in conference tourney By Ashley Anderson This year's Tri-Valley Conference Girls' Basketball Tournament was wide open � any team could take it.
For the Warriorettes, this was their last chance to perform well before combining with Irene next year.
The tournament sites were in Gayville and Viborg while the championship was held in Baltic on Saturday, Jan. 15. The Wakonda Warriorettes lost two games in Gayville and won their last game in Baltic to finish in seventh place.
Wakonda had drawn to play Baltic on Thursday. It was a long, tough battle and the Warriorettes were hoping to put to rest the "Baltic Curse," having lost to them in regions the past two years.
The two teams were neck and neck in the first quarter, tied at 10 points apiece. Baltic scored 10 more while Wakonda only threw in 4 points. The halftime score was 20-14.
In the second half Wakonda went out and scored 12 points and only allowed Baltic to score 9 points. The last quarter the Warriorettes ran out of gas as the final score was 31-48.
The leading scorers for Wakonda were Meghan Martz with 11 points and Tiffany Ganschow with 5 points and five rebounds. Martz also had nine rebounds and two assists, and Ashley Anderson had two steals.
Since the Warriorettes and the Gayville-Volin Raider-ettes lost Thursday night, they were scheduled to play each other on Friday. The first quarter Wakonda came out hard, scoring 13 points and Gayville-Volin only scored 12. The second quarter ended 22-29, with G-V up. Wakonda was not done fighting as they came back and scored 11 points in the third quarter and held the Raiderettes to only 11 points, 33-40.
The last quarter the Warriorettes stumbled into foul trouble and just couldn't quite pull it off with the final score 53-62. Meghan Martz had a total of 20 points and Ashley Anderson had 12 points and five steals. Martz also had nine rebounds and two steals. Tiffany Ganschow had four rebounds and one assist.
On Saturday morning the Warriorettes traveled to Baltic to battle Freeman Academy for the seventh and eighth spot. The first quarter, Wakonda went out and showed them they were not going to lose this one with Wakonda scoring 13 points and Freeman only scoring 7. At the end of the second half the final score was 23-22 with Wakonda up by one.
The second half the Warriorettes struggled to keep their lead as they went into overtime 46-46. Wakonda came out strong and didn't allow Freeman to score as Wakonda had 5 points with game ending 51-46 and Wakonda taking seventh place at the Tri-Valley Conference Tourney. Again, Martz was the leading scorer with 16 points and 10 rebounds and Anderson scoring 10 points, two steals and seven rebounds, while Jessica Peterson posted two assists.
For the championship game the Viborg Vikings and the Hurley Bulldogs went against each other and Hurley defeated Viborg to win the tournament. Centerville and Baltic played for the third and fourth place and Centerville emerged as victors. The Irene Lady Cards beat Gayville-Volin for the consolation championship.