Waukee dominates Des Moines East at home
As the buzzer sounded to end the first half of the game between the Waukee girls’ basketball team and Des Moines East at Waukee Field House on Friday, Jan. 8, Eriana Brown of East made a jumper from near half court for three points. Unfortunately for the Scarlets, that was as much excitement as they would generate in this game as the Warriors rolled to an 85-51 victory.
The Warriors outscored the Scarlets in every quarter, taking a 47-29 lead into half time before outscoring them 19-13 in the third quarter and 19-9 in the fourth.
The big win for the Warriors came just three days after they blew a 33-21 halftime lead against West Des Moines Valley in West Des Moines and fell by three points.
“We came out tonight with energy and enthusiasm and, in my opinion, we respected the game,” Waukee coach Chris Guess said after the victory. “This game’s meant to be played that way and I feel like all 14 kids had fun playing tonight.”
Guess said that they never felt content with their lead against the Scarlets and learned from the game against Valley going into Friday night.
“As long as you can learn from setbacks then you can turn them into a positive,” said Guess.
Assistant coach Sheri Guess added that the Warriors were a better team on Friday because of the setback on Tuesday night.
Reilly Jacobson, a Waukee senior, dominated the Scarlets, only missing one field goal all game. She was 10-of-11, including 1-of-1 from long range for a game-high 28 points.
“It was a very unselfish 28 points,” said Chris. “Reilly kicked the ball out numerous times to shooters on the perrimiter.”
Jacobson also had a team-high eight rebounds, three assists and a team-high three blocks.
Junior Carlie Littlefield also had a big game with 24 points on a 0-of-13 shooting performance overall. She also recorded nine assists, six rebounds and three steals.
Waukee senior Andie Mataloni has been on fire since coming off the holiday break. She scored 12 points on a 4-of-6 performance from beyond the arc.
“Andie is now settled in and is providing consistency and is doing exactly what we need our seniors to do,” said Chris.
Mataloni’s 12-point performance came after she scored 16 points and went 3-of-7 from long range against Valley on Tuesday and after an 18-point night against Ames where she went 6-of-10 from downtown.
She also had two rebounds, an assist and a steal against the Scarlets on Friday.
The Warriors are back in action Saturday afternoon when they take on Des Moines Roosevelt at Waukee Field House. The game begins at 4 p.m.