By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
WAYLAND ? The WACO girls couldn?t get off the ground against a pesky West Burlington defense on Tuesday night. The Warriors struggled to get the ball up court against an intense Falcon press, which resulted in a 63-35 home loss.
WACO had five girls score in the first half, but nobody was over three points individually. West Burlington raced out to a 16-6 lead after one period and a 29-12 advantage at the half.
Kiana Miller was able to get her offensive flow going in the second half, hitting two three-pointers and scoring 13 points over the final two periods, but it was too little too late as West Burlington continued to run away with a 22-point victory.
After the loss, Coach Shannon Rugg said his team was too rattled by the Falcon pressure.
?They trap you all over the place,? Rugg said. ?They got us sped up tonight and we couldn?t really handle it.?
Rugg praised the play of Miller down the stretch but said the result was unfortunate on WACO senior night, mentioning the hole the team put itself in entering the halftime break.
?Coming into halftime, down 17, we hadn?t really done anything,? Rugg said. ?I just told them to relax.?
Miller finished the night with 15 points to lead the Warriors. Laney Graber and Kristen Conley had six points apiece. Ashleigh Hallett, Grace Conwell, Clara Schmitz and Aubri Garnsey each finished the night with two.
WACO fell to 7-13 with the loss. They?ll have a good opportunity to bounce back when they play Cardinal on the road this Thursday, Feb. 1.