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WATERLOO — It wasn’t so much a trap game as it was a trap game.

Locked in a tie at halftime, the Waterloo Columbus girls went with an aggressive trap defense in the second half as the Sailors surged past Don Bosco of Gilbertville, 63-58, in a non-conference game Monday at Oppold Gymnasium as part of a girl-boy doubleheader.

Don Bosco won the boys game, 73-46.

Utilizing its trap defense, the Columbus girls took control of the game that was tied 27-all at halftime, and pulled ahead by the end of three quarters, 45-40.

“The kids started playing harder in the second half,” Waterloo Columbus head coach Corey O’Brien said. “We want to play fast but not to be in a rush, and play poised. We were a lot more patient in the second half and established good defensive rotations and traps that really helped us.”

In addition to their new intensity on defense, the Sailors (4-11) also go a huge offensive night from Sydney Schultz as she made athletic play after athletic play on her way to a 26-point night.

“Her (Schultz) motor, heart and ability to play hard definitely motivates are other girls as well,” said O’Brien of the junior wing player. “She’s undersized for her position, but she is faster and quicker.”

Olivia Fain added 14 for the Sailors.

The Dons (4-11) were led by Maddie Huff, who pumped in 20 points.

In the boys game, the seventh-ranked (1A) Dons wasted little time jumping out to a 23-5 first quarter lead, featuring an electrifying Sean McFadden baseline drive and dunk.

“McFadden had one of his best dunks of the year,” said Don Bosco coach Nate Kellogg of the senior’s highlight. “We’re starting to get used to his dunks even with us being a smaller 1A school.”

The Sailors (2-12) found more offensive rhythm in the second quarter and the second half, but just couldn’t cut deep in the huge lead the Dons (11-2) had built.

Zach Nie led four Don Bosco players in double figures with 18. Jack Kelly added 14, Zach Huff 12 and McFadden 11.

Alexander Zike led Columbus (2-12) with 21 points, including six 3-pointers.

“We always want to come out and be that team that other teams don’t want to play,” Kellogg said. “Come out and hit them in the mouth from the start. We want to make it tough for the other team every time up and down the floor.”

Summaries

Girls

COLUMBUS 63, DON BOSCO 58

DON BOSCO (4-11) — Kindra Welter 0 7-8 7, Marissa McFadden 5 1-2 11, Maddie Huff 9 2-2 20, Mandee Miller 3 1-3 10, Kennedi Purdy 2 1-2 5, Brooklyn Schares 2 0-0 6, Jenna Brown 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 12-17 58.

WATERLOO COLUMBUS (4-10) — Olivia Fain 5 2-6 14, Lily Christiansen 1 0-1 3, Maliyah Little 3 1-3 8, Sydney Schultz 10 6-6 26, Ali Vesely 1 2-3 4, Chloe Jamason 1 0-0 2, Hanna Clasen 1 0-0 2, Kayla Sproul 1 0-0 2, Reegan Lindsey 0 0-0 0, Abby Ward 0 0-0 0, Emily Surma 0 0-1 0, Hannah Hewitt 0 0-1 0. Totals 23 13-24 63.

Don Bosco 17 10 13 18 — 58

Columbus 17 10 18 18 — 63

3-Point Goals—Columbus 5 (Little 2, Fain 2 ,Christiansen 1), Don Bosco 4 (Schares 2, Miller 2). Team Fouls—Columbus 19, Don Bosco 17. Fouled Out—None.

Boys

DON BOSCO 73, COLUMBUS 46

DON BOSCO (11-2) — Jack Kelly 6 3-3 15, Zach Huff 4 2-3 12, Zach Nie 7 0-1 18, Cael Tenold 1 0-0 3, Sean McFadden 4 3-4 11, Clayton Weber 3 0-0 6, Lewis Havel 0 0-0 0, Kendall Becker 3 0-1 6, Mason Denton 0 0-0 0, Carter Weber 0 2-2 2. Total — 28 10-14 73.

WATERLOO COLUMBUS (2-12) — Cannon Butler 2 2-3 6, Parker Westhoff 0 0-0 0, Kaden Ludwig 0 0-0 0, Alexander Zike 7 1-1 21, Ben Leibold 3 3-4 9, Robert Porth 2 0-1 4, David Ryan 0 0-0 0, Blake Freeseman 0 0-0 0, Jaylen Young 2 0-1 4, Ryan Glass 0 0-0 0, Austin Zaputil 0 0-0 0, Jarrett Kruse 0 0-0 0. Total — 17 6-10 46.

Don Bosco 23 13 17 20 — 73

Columbus 5 13 17 11 — 46

3-Point Goals—Columbus 6 (Zike 6, Don Bosco 7 (Nie 4, Huff 2, Tenold 1). Team Fouls—Columbus 15, Don Bosco 12. Fouled Out—none.

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