AVA JAEHNKE

Ava Jaehnke makes a pass during Waterloo’s 53-49 non-conference loss to Columbus on Jan. 2.

Junior forward Brooke Mosher scored 10 of her 14 points in the second half, including four straight free throws late in regulation, to lead Waterloo’s girls basketball team to a 57-51 non-conference win over Hustisford on Monday.

Waterloo (7-2) led by 10 early in the first half, but Hustisford (3-6) trimmed the lead to 32-27 by halftime. The Falcons pulled within one point twice in the second half, but the Pirates kept the lead down the stretch and held on for the win in another close game in this annual series.

“Husty, they played the game they needed to play,” Waterloo head coach Gabe Haberkorn said. “Don’t take anything away from them; they played hard, they did an excellent job getting the ball inside and controlling the inside, and they forced us into 18 turnovers.”

While the Falcons were good on the defensive glass at times, Mosher made her presence felt in the lane and finished with a double-double after grabbing 10 rebounds.

Junior guard Skyler Powers led Waterloo with 15 points while freshman guard Julia Asik added 12. Freshman guard Sophia Schneider added seven and junior forward Joslyn Wolff added six. Freshman point guard Ava Jaehnke dished out four assists.

“It was another close game, and we came out on top,” Haberkorn said. “We’re winning the close games. That’s quite a bit to ask for a young team. We shot the ball well.”

The Pirates shot 35 percent from the 3-point line and 65 percent at the foul line (13-of-20).

Senior forward Alisha Peplinki scored 14 of her game-high 24 points in the first half and grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double for the Falcons.

“I thought we fought hard,” Hustisford head coach Jason Hildebrandt said. “We had our chances to tie or take the lead, but couldn’t hit the clutch shot. That was probably Ali’s best game of the season. She didn’t get into foul trouble and she could play aggressive.”

COLUMBUS 53

WATERLOO 49

Senior guard Taylor Zittel led nine players in scoring with 11 points for Columbus in a 53-49 non-conference win over Waterloo on Jan. 2.

Waterloo struggled with outside shooting, finishing 0-for-17 from 3-point range. The Pirates still nearly battled all the way back from an early 22-point deficit, closing the first half on a 12-0 run to trail by 10 at the break.

“We got it to 42-40 in the second half, but then we had three straight trips where we just couldn’t score,” Haberkorn said. “We had a couple chances at the end, but couldn’t get that last bucket.”

The Pirates balanced out their shooting woes by doing work on the glass. Mosher, Wolff and Asik each had eight rebounds for Waterloo, which finished with 41.

They also shot 23-of-33 at the free throw line, while Columbus struggled there (9-of-24).

“We were amazing at the free throw line, shooting 70 percent,” Haberkorn said. “We shot 40 percent from two-point range. We just couldn’t make a 3. We were living by the 3. We’re going to die by the 3. But the girls played tough. Our only two losses are two Division 3 schools.”

Mosher sat out part of the second half with an injury. She finished with eight points and four steals to go with her eight rebounds. Schneider knocked down 12 foul shots and led the Pirates with 14 points.

Powers added 13 points.

“We picked up the pressure defensively in the second half and switched some things up,” Haberkorn said. “We were able to get some turnovers. We outplayed them the last 21 minutes of the game.”

UP NEXT

Waterloo plays at Cambridge tonight to open Capitol South Conference play before traveling to No. 6 ranked Marshall on Tuesday.

Both Cap South games tip off at 7:30 p.m.

COLUMBUS 53, WATERLOO 49

Waterloo 17 32 — 49

Columbus 27 26 — 53

Waterloo (fg-ft-pts) — Schneider 1-12-14, Powers 4-5-13, Jaehnke 1-1-3, Asik 1-2-4, Mosher 4-0-8, Wolff 2-3-7. Totals — 13 23-33 49

Columbus — Link 3-1-9, Ab. Olson 1-0-3, Ekern 2-2-6, M. Kahl 1-1-3, Zittel 3-5-11, G. Kahl 2-0-5, Boettcher 2-0-5, Paulson 3-0-7, Dornaus 2-0-4. Totals — 19 9-24 53

3-point goals — C 6 (Link 2, Ab. Olson 1, G. Kahl 1, Boettcher 1, Paulson 1), W 0. Total fouls — W 21, C 23. Fouled out — Wolff.

WATERLOO 57, HUSTISFORD 51

Waterloo 27 24 — 51

Hustisford 32 25 — 57

Hustisford (fg-ft-pts) — Bischoff 1 0-0 2, Zamora 1 0-0 2, Ewert 1 2-2 4, Collien 4 2-2 11, S. Peplinski 3 0-0 6, A. Peplinski 12 0-3 24, Kuehl 1 0-0 2. Totals — 23 4-7 51.

Waterloo — Schneider 2 2-4 7, Powers 5 4-6 15, Jaehnke 1 0-1 3, Asik 5 0-0 12, Mosher 3 7-9 14, Wolff 3 0-0 6. Totals — 19 13-20 57.

3-point goals — H 1 (Collien 1), W 6 (Schneider 1, Powers 1, Jaehnke 1, Asik 2, Mosher 1). Total fouls — H 16, W 11. Technical foul — Hustisford bench.

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