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Waukee girls’ finish up regular season

Merle Laswell - DCN Waukee's Taylor Wingert drives in for a layup against Ankeny on Feb. 14, a game the Warriors won 74-43.
Merle Laswell - DCN Waukee's Taylor Wingert drives in for a layup against Ankeny on Feb. 14, a game the Warriors won 74-43.
Merle Laswell - DCN  Waukee's Kelli Fogt dribbles the ball into the offensive court against Ankeny on Feb. 14.
Merle Laswell - DCN Waukee's Kelli Fogt dribbles the ball into the offensive court against Ankeny on Feb. 14.

The high school basketball regular season is coming to a close all across the state of Iowa. The Waukee girls’ basketball team played their final game of the regular season on Feb. 15 and won in dramatic fashion by one point against West Des Moines Dowling Catholic by a final score of 49-48 and ended the regular season with a record of 18-3. 49 points ties for the Warriors’ second-lowest point total of the season.

The Warriors trailed at halftime 30-18 before roaring back in the third quarter. The Warriors outscored the Maroons 20-8 in the third quarter and had the score tied 38-38 going into the fourth quarter.

Waukee came out the victor after outscoring Dowling 11-10 in the fourth quarter.

It was a team effort as only one Warrior was in double-figures in scoring and three others had at least eight points in the win. Senior Taylor Wingert was the only Warrior with ten points and she did it on a 4-of-13 shooting performance and two 3-point baskets on six attempts.

Freshman Carrie Littlefield made one 3-pointer and shot 4-of-8 overall, good enough for nine points. She also had one assist and three steals.

Miranda Hunzeker, a senior, went came in off the bench and went 3-of-10 from 3-point range and had nine points.

Senior Sarah Ripperger went 4-of-6 from the field and had eight points. She also had seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and four of the team’s five total blocks.

Reilly Jacobson tied Ripperger for a team-high seven rebounds in the game.

The Warriors enter regional play on Saturday with a semi-final matchup against Ottumwa in Waukee. The game starts at 7 p.m. Waukee won in blowout fashion in its last game against Ottumwa winning 73-27.

Ankeny

One day after losing its third game of the season against Mason City, the Waukee girls bounced back for a blowout win against Ankeny. The Warriors beat the Hawkettes 74-43 on Feb. 14.

The game was tied 15-15 after the first quarter but the Warriors exploded for 26 points in the second to take a 41-26 lead into halftime. The Warriors never let the Hawkettes back in the game outscoring them 17-10 in the third quarter and 16-7 in the fourth.

Hunzeker was the only Waukee starter with double-digits in the point column as she went 4-of-10 from 3-point range and scored a team-high 12 points.

Littlefield came off the bench and had 11 points on a 4-of-6 shooting performance. Littlefield added four steals and a block to her stat line.

Anna Kollmogen had 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals in the game. Jacobson was close to a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds going 4-of-7 from the field and making her only 3-point attempt.

Ellie Cavanaugh had 10 points off the bench shooting 4-of-7 and 2-of-3 from 3-point range.

Mason City

A 32-25 lead at halftime was not enough to propell the Warriors to victory against the Mohawks as they lost by a final score of 57-55.

Littlefield had a team-high 20 points going 6-of-9 from the field and 3-of-4 from 3-point range. Littlefield also grabbed six rebounds.

Jacobson had 15 points and eight rebounds in the game, nearing a double-double. Hunzeker was the only other Warrior in double figures scoring 10 points off the bench. No other Waukee player scored more than five points in the game against the Mohawks.

After starting the season with a 15-game winning streak, the loss to Mason City was Waukees third loss in a four-game span.

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