Slow start hurts Comets
Waupaca drops home game
By Greg Seubert
Waupaca dropped a 66-53 North Eastern Conference boys’ basketball game to Wrightstown Jan. 16.
Wrightstown scored 23 of the game’s first 27 points, but the Comets then outscored the Tigers 24-10 to cut the lead to 33-28 at halftime.
“We were down a little bit and I had to yell at them a little in a time out, but we got out of it and we certainly did play much better,” coach Matt Bredesen said.
Wrightstown opened the second half with a 15-4 run and Waupaca never got any closer than nine points the rest of the way.
Each team had three players in double figures. Brandon Wanty, Hunter Marcom and Justin Vaughn finished with 19, 15 and 13 points, respectively, while Luke Haese, James Hansen and Mayson Hazaert had 20, 19 and 17 for Wrightstown.
Marcom and Wanty scored Waupaca’s first 21 points and had all but five of the team’s points in the first half. Marcom scored 13 of the Comets’ first 16 and Wanty added 10 before the break.
Wrightstown also connected on eight of 25 three-pointers, while the Comets made two of 10.
“They’re the best in our conference skill-wise,” Bredesen said. “We came out and dug a hole. I thought we forced some shots offensively early. A few times, there wasn’t help when there needed to be, so they got a couple of looks under the rim.”
Wanty played his second game after returning to the lineup after missing three games recovering from a toe injury.
“Today was the first time that I really thought he was really as explosive as he was before he had the injury,” Bredesen said. “Hunter got us going right away and we got some contribution from the bench, too. We had a lot of guys contribute. By no means are we upset about it. I told the kids it was a great effort and I thought it was great resiliency to show against those guys.”
Waupaca begins a three-game stretch on the road Jan. 23 at Oconto Falls and will head to Appleton Thursday, Jan. 25, for a rematch with Fox Valley Lutheran before traveling to Clintonville Monday, Jan. 29 to face the Truckers.