It wasn’t exactly textbook basketball, but Waupaca did just enough to pick up a 35-29 win over Berlin Dec. 19 in a matchup of Eastern Valley Conference girls’ teams.
The Comets also dropped a 44-19 nonconference game Dec. 17 at New London.
Waupaca 35, Berlin 29
WAUPACA – Waupaca held the Indians to a single field goal in the first quarter and eventually built a 16-8 halftime lead.
Julie Silloway scored all 21 of Berlin’s points in the second half. She opened the third quarter with a pair of three-pointers that quickly cut the Comet’s lead to 16-14. Berlin eventually cut the lead to 22-21 at the end of the third quarter, but never led in the game.
“I knew she was going to be the shooter,” co-coach Laine Lazers said of Silloway, who only had one point at halftime. “When we looked at game film, we knew she was going to be the go-to player. With foul trouble, we didn’t want to get too close on her. I thought Josee (Waitrovich) and Macie (Davidson) did a nice job on her, but that was the story of the night. We were fighting through foul trouble all night long. Not hitting our shots, that’s kind of been the story of our early part of the season.”
It was the second straight EVC win for the Comets, who also knocked off Winneconne Dec. 13.
“We’re 2-2 in the conference and that’s fourth place right now,” Lazers said. “If we can keep doing that, good things are going to happen for this team. That was our goal, we wanted to be at least .500 going into the break.”
Waitrovich and Sierra Patzke led Waupaca with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
“They said it felt like a loss tonight just because of the way we played, but I said, ‘You can’t do that,’” Lazers said. “We have to come mentally prepared to play. Tonight, the focus wasn’t completely there at the beginning of the game and it took us awhile to get going. They had some good looks, but fortunately we got the rebounds. They turned it around in the second half and hit the shots that they needed to hit.”
New London 44, Waupaca 19
NEW LONDON – A 31-11 advantage in the second and third quarters lifted the Bulldogs to the win at home.
New London led 9-4 after one quarter, 23-7 at halftime and 40-15 after three quarters before both teams scored four points over the final eight minutes.
Morgan Smith led Waupaca with eight points, while Mickey Roland had 10 points to lead New London.
Waupaca will play at Wittenberg-Birnamwood at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, before EVC road games at Freedom Monday, Jan. 6, and Ripon Friday, Jan. 10.