By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
WAYLAND ? The WACO boys dominated Holy Trinity 67-40 on Friday night, but the girls were unable to pull out a victory, falling 49-46 in SEISC South Division play.
The boys? team exploded out of the gates with an 18-4 first quarter. The Warrior defense didn?t allow HTC to score any points in the first six minutes, leading 12-0 with three minutes left.
The offense put up 25 points in the second quarter to grow their commanding lead to 43-20. Drew Kissell was on fire in the first half, scoring 12 points, including two shots from down town.
The dominating first half was all the Warriors needed, but WACO did win the second half by four points, and got away with a 27-point victory, their first of the year.
Kissell scored 16 points to lead the team. He went 3-4 from three-point land in the win. Matthew Liechty had 11 points off the bench, and Beau Beckler scored 10 points off the bench to give the Warriors three double-digit scorers.
Colton Horak scored nine points, and led the team with nine assists and five rebounds. Conner Eichelberger scored six points. Calvin Battle scored four points and Gabe Reichenbach ended with two.
The Warriors stole the ball 17 times in the win. Jacob Fried had four steals to lead the way. Eichelberger, Horak, Battle and Coble had three.
The WACO girls staged a late comeback against HTC, but eventually ran out of time. The Warriors trailed 26-20 at halftime despite nine first-half points from Aubri Garnsey.
Kristen Conley scored 12 points in the second half to lead the charge. The Warriors trailed 38-30 after the third period, but cut the lead down to three points in the final minute, before the final buzzer sounded.
Conley?s 12 points led the Warriors in the loss. Kiana Miller had 10 points. Garnsey finished with nine. Clara Schmidt had seven points. Laney Graber scored six points and Nadiyah Brown finished with two.
The Warrior boys moved to 1-1 on the year. The girls fell to 0-3. WACO will host New London tonight (Tuesday) at 6 p.m.