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WATERLOO — After picking up his third foul early in the second quarter, Wapsie Valley guard Paul Rundquist could only sit and stew as the Waterloo Columbus student section taunted him with “We want Paul” chants.

Those Sailor fans were singing a different tune in the second half.

Rundquist scored 10 of his 15 points in the third quarter, and the Warriors overcame a putrid start offensively to run past the Sailors 57-34 Friday night.

While they struggled throughout the first half, the opening quarter was particularly brutal for the Warriors, who air-balled three shots while making just one field goal as Columbus opened a 9-4 lead.

While Wapsie was able to hold Columbus to just five second-quarter points en route to an 18-14 halftime lead, the performance didn’t exactly blow head coach Marty McKowen away.

“Mentally, we, at best, were incompetent in the first half,” he said.

But Rundquist, who had just three points to match his three fouls in the first half, helped lead a massive turnaround out of the locker room, as takeaways and quick outlets on the defensive end led to easy transition baskets the other way.

The Warriors scored 22 points alone in the third quarter, four more than they scored in the opening two.

“Halves like that happen and you’ve just got to fight through it,” Rundquist said. “We just came out, put the first half behind us and played ball.”

It initially looked like the Sailors would match Wapsie Valley’s output, as they scored at the rim on their opening three possessions of the third quarter. But offensive struggles that have plagued them during a seven-game losing streak emerged again as they fell into a 20-point hole in the fourth.

Kirk Drew also finished in double figures for Wapsie Valley, scoring 13 points and adding balance that went a long way toward altering his head coach’s mood.

“I’ll give the kids credit. For as half-speed and lackluster as we played in the first half, they turned it 180-degrees around in the second half,” McKowen said.

Girls

WAPSIE VALLEY 50, COLUMBUS 45: Mikenna Joerger scored 20 points and Wapsie Valley survived to win 50-45 in the girls’ portion of Friday’s doubleheader.

In a foul-riddled game, the Sailors had a chance to tie things down 48-45 with under 30 seconds to play. But a Columbus turnover followed by a Kaci Beesecker free throw made it a two-possession game.

Sydney Schultz led Columbus with 10 points, but fouled out with 6:42 remaining. Columbus also failed to take advantage of the 17 fouls called on Wapsie, hitting just 9 of 21 from the foul line.

BoxscoresBoys

WAPSIE VALLEY 57, COLUMBUS 34

WAPSIE VALLEY (11-3) — Paul Rundquist 6 1-2 15, Kirk Drew 6 1-2 13, Cameron O’Donnell 3 1-3 8, Carson Kerns 2 0-0 5, Blayde Bellis 1 1-2 4, Conner Franzen 0 0-0 0, Kobe Risse 2 2-2 6, Austin Wittenburg 0 1-2 1, Jake Kuhlmann 2 1-2 5, Isaac Buzynski 0 0-0 0, Kirks Rosengarten 0 0-0 0, Tyler Ott 0 0-0 0, Gage Brandt 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 8-14 57.

COLUMBUS (2-9) — Kaden Ludwig 4 2-4 10, Robert Porth 3 0-1 6, Alexander Zike 3 0-0 9, Parker Westhoff 1 0-0 2, Cannon Butler 0 2-2 2, Benjamin Leibold 1 0-0 2, Jaylen Young 0 0-1 0, James Mudd III 1 0-0 3. Totals 13 4-7 34.

Wapsie Valley 4 14 22 17 — 57

Columbus 9 5 11 9 — 34

3-point goals — Wapsie Valley 5 (Rundquist 2, Bellis 1, O’Donnell 1, Kerns 1), Columbus 4 (Zike 3, Mudd III 1). Total fouls — Wapsie Valey 13, Columbus 15. Fouled out — none.

Girls

WAPSIE VALLEY 50, COLUMBUS 45

WAPSIE VALLEY (6-9) — Kaci Beesecker 2 8-13 13, Brandi Marticoff 1 0-1 2, Mikenna Joerger 7 6-7 20, Abby Sheppard 0 0-0 0, Erika Jeanes 0 4-5 4, Madisyn Blasberg 2 0-0 6, Maria Kayser 2 0-1 5, Sloane Banger 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 18-28 50.

COLUMBUS (2-10) — Olivia Fain 2 4-5 9, Lily Christensen 1 2-2 4, Maliyah Little 3 0-2 7, Sydney Schultz 5 0-1 10, Ali Vesely 1 3-5 5, Chloe Jamason 2 0-0 6, Reagan Lindsay 0 0-2 0, Abby Ward 1 0-2 2, Hanna Clasen 1 0-2 2, Alivia Schultz 0 0-0 0, Kayla Sproul 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 9-21 45.

Wapsie Valley 16 4 12 18 — 50

Columbus 11 8 11 15 — 45

3-point goals — Wapsie Valley 4 (Blasberg 2, Beesecker 1, Kayser 1), Columbus 4 (Jamason 2, Fain 1, Little 1). Total fouls — Wapsie Valey 17, Columbus 26. Fouled out — S. Schultz (Col.), Fain (Col.).

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