The Waterloo girls basketball team is off an impressive 6-3 start this season, with their only losses to state power Marshall, a very talented Lakeside Lutheran squad and St. Mary’s Springs on Saturday.
“We are really happy with where they are at right now. It is a little bit of a surprise. We thought there would be some learning curves yet with these younger girls but they are really starting to step up. The seniors are stepping up.” Coach Gabe Haberkorn told DailyDodge.com. “With another year of experience under their belt…I think the sophomore girls are really starting to come of age.”
Waterloo returns a sold group of girls that gained valuable varsity experience last season including four starters. Leading the way this season are a pair of players who received Honorable Mention All-Capitol South honors last season in senior Skylar Powers and sophomore Julia Asik. Powers, who will play college basketball at NAIA Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, is leading the Pirates in scoring at 12ppg. Asik is also scoring at a clip of 12ppg. Sophomore Sophia Schneider is also in double digits at 10ppg. Senior Joslynn Wolff is at 6ppg and a team leading 8 rebounds per contest.
Norbert Durst of wissports.net picked Waterloo fifth in the Capitol South in his season preview.
“As soon as I read the review, I shared it with the girls right away. We try to use things to try and push these girls forward and set goals and stuff like that. A little motivation factor for the girls. A little motivation factor for the girls. Hey look where they picked you and where do you think you should be at? I think the girls have really responded to it. They know where we can be at.”
Waterloo knocked off Belleville, who was picked 2nd in the league, 55-52 on Thursday night and .
The Pirates hope things keep trending in the right direction and one of their team goals is to win the first Regional championship in program history.
The Pirates next host Fall River on Tuesday night.
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