No. 1 Washington girls cruise past Watertown

No. 1 Washington girls cruise past Watertown

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No. 1 Washington girls cruise past Watertown

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No. 1-ranked Washington led the entire game on the way to defeating Watertown 59-24 Tuesday night at the Warriors’ gym.

Hannah Nieman paced the victors tallying a game-high 12 points for Washington, which moves to 10-0 on its season. Nieman was joined in double figures by Ellie Benson who scored 11 points while also contributing seven rebounds and five assists.

Warriors coach Nate Malchow was pleased with his team’s defensive effort in the win.

“Our defense has really carried us this year,” he said. “I think our kids have bought into things we’re doing.”

Washington opened the game on a 9-3 run following a basket from Sydney Koel at the 2:37 mark of the first quarter. The Warriors held a 12-5 lead at the end of the opening stanza.

Following a basket from Mandy Tetzlaff to open the scoring of the second quarter, the Arrows closed within five at 12-7. Washington responded with nine straight points to go ahead 21-7 following a basket from Nieman at the 1:56 mark of the quarter. The run catapulted the Warriors to a 26-11 halftime advantage.

Washington continued their run in the second half, out-scoring Watertown 15-4 in the third quarter and took a 41-15 lead heading into the game’s final quarter.

The fourth quarter also belonged to the Warriors as they doubled up the Arrows 18-9 in the quarter and secured their 59-24 victory.

While the Washington starters contributed 34 points, Malchow’s bench scored 25 points to preserve the victory for the Warriors.

Nieman said it’s nice to have her other teammates compliment the starters and continue the team’s momentum.

“I think that’s whats really good about our team is that we are able to go deep on our bench,” she said. “We can always depend on other kids and have faith in them.”

For Watertown, who fall to 3-7 on the season, they were led by Shayli Kirsch who scored five points and Tetzlaff who grabbed six rebounds.

Arrows coach Pat McClemans said his team played hard but couldn’t hang with the Warriors.

“The way we played defensively for two and a half quarters was good,” he said. “I’m real happy with the way we competed.”

Malchow said the road doesn’t get easier for his team who faces Marshall, Minn. Friday night before playing Lincoln, Roosevelt and Bellevue East (Neb.) over the next 10 days.

“We like what we have ahead because it’s going to be a challenge,” he said. “We’re going to have to be ready to go and play well.”

Watertown (3-7)

Shayli Kirsch 2 0-0 5, Elli Stevenson 2 0-0 4, Emily Pengilly 1 0-0 2, Ashtin McClemans 0 1-2 1, Mandy Tetzlaff 2 0-2 4, Macy Denzer 0 2-6 2, Danielle Duncan 1 0-0 2, Logan Kludt 1 0-0 2, McKenzie Werner 1 0-0 2 Totals 10 3-10 24

Washington (10-0)

Denae Veldkamp 1 2-3 4, Hannah Nieman 3 4-4 12, Emma Hanson 0 1-2 1, Ellie Benson 5 1-2 11, Sydney Koel 3 0-0 6, Maddie Wiley 1 1-1 3, Nicole Zirpel 1 0-0 2, Jade Visker 1 0-0 2, Anna Goodhope 1 0-0 2, Kelsey Knecht 2 0-0 6, Sydney Arrington 0 2-2 2, Michaela Mayer 3 2-3 8, Totals 21 13-17 59

Watertown 5 11 15 24

Washington 12 26 41 59

3-point field goals – Washington 4 (Knecht 2, Nieman 2), Watertown 1 (Kirsch). Rebounds – Washington 29 (Benson 7), Watertown 18 (Tetzlaff 6). Assists – Washington 11 (Arrington 3), Watertown 2 (Stevenson, Tetzlaff). Steals – Washington 14 (Benson 5), Watertown 6 (Duncan 2). Blocks – Washington 1 (Koel), Watertown 0. Total fouls – Washington 10, Watertown 17.

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