- HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Vikings Respond In 3rd Quarter To Put Bears Away
By Jeff Motz
WAVERLY---Even though the Waverly boys basketball team had a 10-point lead at halftime, it quickly dwindled away early in the third quarter.
But the Vikings withstood a comeback from Blair to hold on for a 56-38 victory in front of an estimated 900 people Friday night at Waverly High School.
The Bears came out of halftime and sprinted out to a 7-0 behind a Dylan Rogers basket, then a three-pointer and a layup from Travis Loudner in back to back possessions to cut the Waverly lead to 27-24 with 6:25 left in the third quarter.
Waverly (3-1) called time out and countered with a 10-2 run, sparked by Adam Jorgensen's basket and transition layup. Dylan Janecek hit a free-throw, then Sam Tewes scored underneath the basket and Erik Evans scored to give the Vikings a 37-26 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Blair had trouble handling Waverly's 6-5 center Brandon Janssen, who finished with 17 points and was 8-of-9 from the free-throw line. Jorgensen scored 10 of his game-high 18 points in the first quarter that helped spark a 7-0 Waverly start in the first quarter.
Evans added 14 points in the Viking victory. Loudner led Blair with 16 points and Rogers chipped in 11 for the Bears.
Waverly girls 56, Blair 24
From the outset, it was no contest, as the Class B sixth-ranked Lady Vikes (4-0) jumped out to a 15-0 first quarter start before Blair countered with a three to avoid a shut out.
Seven of senior guard Cierra Tjaden's game-high 13 points came during a 15-5 Waverly run in the second quarter. The Viking reserves saw quality playing time and helped secure the win. Ashley Davidson added nine points in the Waverly win.
Morgan Beck led Blair (2-2) with six points.