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WATERLOO — Waterloo West was in the zone figuratively on offense and literally on defense Saturday as the Wahawks defeated Waterloo Columbus 61-44 in a girls’ non-conference basketball game.

The Wahawks took advantage of a cold start by the Sailors to grab a 19-3 first quarter lead.

“In the first, they we’re trapping well and we had some bad passes and just didn’t show up ready to play,” said Columbus coach Cory O’Brien.

Lauren Conrey of West had 18 of her 22 points in the first half to help West to a big 37-14 lead. Columbus fought back with the help of five 3-pointers from Lily Christensen, but had too big a deficit to overcome.

“Give Columbus credit, they battled us until the end there,” said Waterloo West coach Tony Pappas.

O’Brien hopes to see more of what he saw from Columbus in the final two quarters as the Sailors move forward.

“We know if we have good effort we’ll play well. You saw that in the second half tonight. We just care about showing up and playing and that starts with effort,” said O’Brien.

Boys

WEST 81, COLUMBUS 40: West outran the Sailors for a lopsided win in the boys’ game.

The Wahawks led by seven after the first quarter but exploded thanks to a run-and-gun offense.

“We can be really good if we quit doing the little things wrong like we were in the first quarter,” said West coach Cliff Berinobis. “We really corrected that in the second quarter. We were moving the ball a lot more.”

The Wahawks certainly moved the ball into the net during a 37-point quarter when Carondis Harris-Anderson scored 16 of his game-leading 27 points.

West climbed to 3-2 while Columbus fell to 2-3 on the season.

Boxscores

Girls

WEST 61, COLUMBUS 44

COLUMBUS (2-4) — Olivia Fain 3 3-5 9, Chloe Jamason 0 0-0 0, Lily Christensen 6 0-0 18, Reagan Lindsey 1 0-0 3, Maliyah Little 0 0-0 0, Abby Ward 0 1-2 1, Hannah Clasen 1 0-2 2, Sydney Schultz 2 3-8 7, Emily Surma 0 0-1 0, Alicia Schultz 0 0-0 0, Kayla Sproul 0 0-0 0, Ali Vesely 1 2-2 4. Totals 14 9-20 44.

WEST (4-5) — Ajla Dzelic 0 0-0 0, Hannah Mackey 0 0-0 0, Camyn Meyer 0 0-0 0, Shilia Robinson 2 0-0 4, Aleah Cook 1 0-0 2, Kaitlyn Meyer 0 0-0 0, Lauren Conrey 8 1-1 22, Meredith Eighmey 3 0-2 7, Jada Draine 1 0-0 2, Zia Collett 1 0-0 2, Gabrielle Moore 3 0-0 7, CeCe Young 2 0-0 5. Totals 24 2-4 61.

Columbus 3 11 11 19 — 44

Wat. West 19 18 16 8 — 61

3-point goals—Columbus (Christensen 6, Lindsay 1), West 8 (Conrey 4, Moore 1, Draine 1, Young 1, Eighmey 1). Total fouls—Columbus 10, West 18. Fouled out—none.

Boys

WEST 81, COLUMBUS 40

COLUMBUS (2-3) — Canon Butler 1 2-4 4, Jaqwan Jackson 2 0-0 5, Jarret Kruse 0 0-0 0, Kaden Ludwig 3 1-3 6, Robert Porth 1 2-2 4, David Ryan 2 0-0 4, Parker Westhoff 1 0-0 3, Tristan Wright 0 0-0 0, Alexander Zike 3 0-0 7, Blake Freeseman 1 0-0 2, Ben Leibold 2 1-2 5, James Mudd III 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 7-11 40.

WEST (3-2) — Nick Pepin 0 0-0 0, Cade Dodd 0 0-0 0, Jaquan ONeal 2 0-0 5, ShauRome Taylor 0 0-0 0, Isaiah Johnson 4 2-2 10, Marrio Wright 2 0-0 4, Antonio Alexander Jr. 4 3-4 11, Kalen Burt 3 2-2 8, CaRondis Harris-Anderson 11 1-2 27, Jaden Keller 3 3-6 9, Todd Keller 0 0-0 0, Brian Sapa 0 0-0 0, Mondre Lagow 2 2-2 6. Totals 31 13-18 81.

Columbus 8 12 10 10 — 40

Wat. West 15 37 15 14 — 81

3-point goals—Columbus 3 (Jackson 1, Westhoff 1, Zike 1), West 6 (Harris-Anderson 5, ONeal 1). Total fouls—Columbus 12, West 16. Fouled out—none.

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