The Waukee girls’ basketball team saw its streak of five consecutive state tournament appearances end last season, and, perhaps as a result, were unranked in the Class 5A preason poll released by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.
But the Warriors are quickly proving to be a powerful force in the Central Iowa Conference. They’ve ascended to the No. 5 ranking, and improved to 10-0 with a 74-37 thrashing of Marshalltown on Tuesday at home.
Waukee boasted four players in double digits, including sophomore Reilly Jacobson, who scored a game-high 28 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. "Reilly has really come along," coach Chriss Guess said. "She’s added the perimeter game to her strong inside game. Not too many kids are as athletic and versatile as she is."
Freshman Carlie Littlefield tacked on 14 points, Anna Kollmorgen scored 12 and Taylor Wingert added 11.
The Warriors led 20-8 after the first quarter and pushed the halftime lead to 31 with a 31-point second frame, the team’s most lucrative quarter of the season.
Waukee also logged a 45-43 overtime victory over No. 6 Cedar Rapids Washington on Jan. 11.
Jacobson tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors. Wingert added 12 points and Littlefield finished with nine points and six steals.
Waukee led by 10 points at halftime, 26-16, but Kennedy put together a second-half rally and held the Warriors to just two points in the fourth quarter to force an extra frame.
Despite the perfect record, Guess stressed the importance of continual improvement.
"There are so many different parts we can improve upon," he said. "It’s nice to have the success we’ve had so far, but there’s a great deal of room for improvement if we want to continue to experience the level of success we’re accustomed to."