Girls basketball challenges conference opponents

Olivia Napadensky, Reporter

Now that it finally feels like winter, it is only appropriate that we move indoors to the fieldhouse to watch the Waunakee Girls Basketball team play many competitive games that will bring them closer to State. 

The team is currently 12-3 with a recent game being a 58-37 point win against Watertown on January 18th in the Badger Challenge. 

So far, their biggest triumph of the new year was a conference win against Reedsburg, scoring five points in the last 10 seconds for the win. A three by junior Ebba Harrison tied the game at 57, and junior Elena Maier nailed a jumper at the buzzer to defeat the Beavers. The final score was 59-57. 

One of their three losses came from Beaver Dam. Junior Lauren Statz knew it was going to be a tough game. “They are number one in the Badger North and have a ton of talent,” said Statz. 

Luckily the two teams will face each other again on February 1st at Beaver Dam, and Waunakee can have another chance to push them off their 1st place spot. 

When asked about what was special about the team this year, Maier said, “I feel our team chemistry and the different skill sets we have are special. Girls are stepping up to be leaders, and everyone trusts each other.” 

Although the team has a lot of younger players, with only four seniors, there is no doubt that the stress put on team connections and doing the homework of watching film is the reason the team is doing so well this year. 

You can see the girls in action on January 30th for an away game as they take on LaFollette, who currently have a 4-7 record. Their next home game is on February 4th against DeForest. The Warriors will try to rebound from losing a 61-53 battle to the Norskies in December. Tip off is 7:15 p.m.