WACO girls hang on, boys falter

FORT MADISON — The WACO girls have had their share of heartbreak this year, including a devastating two-point loss against Holy Trinity in their second game of the season, but the Warriors finally flipped the script on Tuesday night.

WACO grinded out a 29-27 victory in the girls game, avenging their previous loss and snapping a three-game losing streak. The Warrior boys weren’t as fortunate, falling 77-40.

After leading 12-9 at halftime and 23-16 after three quarters, WACO just had to avoid a late Holy Trinity run, but much like the Crusaders did in the teams’ first matchup, Holy Trinity chopped the lead all the way down to one possession in the final seconds.

WACO led 28-27 with just over three seconds left in the game. Grace Coble made one free throw and WACO forced a turnover on the Holy Trinity inbounds play. The Crusaders stole the ball right back, but had no time for a potential game-winner.

Ellah Kissell scored over half of WACO’s points in the victory. She finished the night with a game-high 16.

The Holy Trinity boys used 38 points from wonder twins Jason and Vasin thurmon to run past the WACO boys. The Warriors trailed 25-9 after one quarter, 42-17 at halftime, and 64-29 after three.

Simeon Reichenbach had 11 points in the loss. Mason Miller scored six. Jacob Eichelberger had five. Vincent Jones scored four. Reece Oswald and Colton Leichty had three. Isaac Oswald, Zach Schmitz and Drew Diers all had two.

The WACO girls are now 4-6 overall and 3-2 in the South Division. The boys are 1-9 and 0-7. Both teams will host New London tonight (Thursday).