Waukee tips off season with a blowout against Ottumwa

Bailey Freestone-Sports
Carlie Littlefield goes in for a layup against Ottumwa during the season opener on Nov. 22.

The Waukee girls basketball team tipped off their season with a home opener against Ottumwa on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

The Warriors began the first quarter with a 6-0 lead. Jori Nieman had two of the first three field goals. The third field goal went to Carlie Littlefield. The Warriors kept the lead going until their first team foul by Paityn Rau on the Bulldogs' Ellen Carlson who made both of her free throws. The score was now 10-2. Once again Nieman and Littlefield brought the Warriors back with a couple more baskets.

Littlefield was the Warriors leading scorer with nine field goals, one three pointer and one free throw. Nieman was the second leading scorer and had a total of seven field goals against the Bulldogs. 

The Warriors couldn't be stopped and kept racking up the points until the very last second of the quarter. Kylie Coleman made a last second shot for the Warriors ending the quarter 29-9.

The second quarter started out just as well as the first for the Warriors. Senior Emma Schmidt started the quarter with a three pointer. The three pointer was followed with a foul by Nieman though, but the Bulldogs possession didn't lost long after a five-second violation. With just 5:30 left in the half, the Warriors were still up 34-9.

The Bulldogs finally got their first points of the quarter when Kacy Nickerson scored her first three point shot of the game. This shot brought the Bulldogs up to 38-12.

Nickerson was the leading scorer for the Bulldogs, she had two three pointers and made four-of-six of her free throws.

The Bulldogs kept fouling and the Warriors kept shooting and making free throws and soon the Warriors had gained another 10 points while the Bulldogs had only gained two (48-14). 

A lot happened at the end of the quarter when Lily Anderson scored another two points for the Bulldogs, then a foul was called on Coleman and another two points were made by Nickerson. When the Warriors had the possession, Coleman made another last second shot (10 seconds remaining) and scored. The Bulldogs were not done yet as they took the ball back down the court and Nickerson was fouled by Coleman. She made her two shots and the half ended 53-20.

When the third quarter started, the Bulldogs were the ones to take the lead. Nickerson came back out strong with an early three point shot. The Bulldogs couldn't keep the streak going and the Warriors quickly followed up the shot with a field goal by Brianna Hartman making the score 55-23. The junior tied for the third leading scorer for the Warriors with a total of five field goals.

After another field goal by Nieman, Coleman fouled Morgan Greiner. Greiner made 1-of-2 of her free throws boosting the Bulldogs score a little. After a couple changes of possession, Karleigh Halpin scored a three pointer for the Bulldogs, the score was now 63-27.

Anderson had two more points for the Bulldogs before the quarter ended and Coleman and another buzzer beater for the Warriors. The third quarter ended 66-29.

Coleman had tied for the third leading scorer for this game along with Hartman. Coleman had two buzzer beaters and one three-point shot with 10 seconds remaining in the quarter. Overall, she had 10 points from two three pointers and two field goals. She also had four assists and two steals throughout the game.

The fourth quarter went really fast with the Warriors scoring the majority of the points. The Warriors put an extra 12 points on the board while the Bulldogs only added two. The final score of the game was 78-31.

The Warriors will be traveling to Mason City on Friday, Dec. 2 for their second game of the season.