Falcons Soar Over Eagles in TRC Shootout
It hadn’t happened for almost 12 years until game 4 of the 2017-18 season. A Wabasha-Kellogg girls basketball team had not defeated Dover-Eyota in the W-K gym since February 7, 2006. In fact, since the 2004-05 season, Dover-Eyota held a 22-4 edge in the series.
That all changed when the Falcons showed off their long-range shooting ability this season to defeat the Eagles, 78-71 on High School Hoops On HBC.
Wabasha-Kellogg scored the first points of the game, and the score remained close with both teams showing full-court pressure defense, waiting for the other to make a mistake, or a big play.
The big play happened with 13:12 remaining in the first half, though no one could have expected one shot to start an avalanche. The Falcons’ Alana deAngel hit a 3-pointer at that moment, and gave Wabasha-Kellogg a 15-10 lead. On the next possession, Sara Yager hit a 3 to make it 18-10. Next, Yeager hit another. 21-10 Falcons. It didn’t seem to stop until the peak happened with 6:40 to go in the first half, and Olivia Passe connected on a 3 to give the Falcons their biggest lead of the game at 40-19.
Dover-Eyota was clearly stunned by the offensive outburst of the Falcons, and started to recover slowly, closing the gap to 46-31 at the half.
One problem for the Eagles, though, was a foul situation. Lindsay Field, the Eagles leading rebounder on the season, picked up 3 fouls in the first half. Her fourth came in the opening minutes of the second half, which forced her to sit until the 12 minute mark.
By then, Alana deAngel and the Falcons had built up enough of a lead, that there wasn’t enough time to make a full comeback. deAngel ended the night with 29 points, and was joined by teammate Olivia Passe with 17, and Sara Yager’s 11.
The Eagles also had some great performances. Brooke Wehsler scored 14, most coming in the second half as she helped her team close the deficit. Malia Nelson came off the bench for 13, while Field and Kylie Lacey scored 11 points each.
Wabasha-Kellogg gets their first win of the season (1-3), and will take on Plainview-Elgin-Millville on December 8 on the road. The Eagles fall to (1-4), and will return home for their next game against Kingsland on Dec. 8.