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WATERLOO — As the high school basketball calendar turns to the second half of the season, Waterloo West’s girls are looking for some health and prosperity in the new year.

An injury-plagued Wahawk team that had to wait 50 days to practice with its entire varsity roster appears to be coming together.

West took advantage of 39 turnovers and knocked down eight 3-pointers Saturday night during a 50-25 win over Union Community inside Siddens Gymnasium.

“We had a goal to get healthy and get better,” West coach Tony Pappas said. “We’re getting healthy so we feel good about that, and we’re getting better, too.”

Among the catalysts for the Wahawks is the return of leading scorer Na’Tracia Ceaser. The junior guard converted four 3-pointers and paced West with 16 points, playing back-to-back games this weekend in her return from injury.

The win improved West to 6-6, one night removed from a loss to Class 5A’s top-ranked Iowa City High.

“We were a little bit slow, we were tired from last night, but I think we did pretty good,” Ceaser said. “We finished hard.”

After West made just 4 of 19 shots in the first quarter, sophomore guard Lauren Conrey helped spark her team with seven of her nine points in the second quarter.

The Wahawks finished the opening half on a 13-3 run to take a 23-8 lead into intermission. Ceaser and Jada Draine then knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to spark a 10-0 run that extended West’s lead to 35-10 early in the third quarter.

A youthful Union team (2-8) was led by Allie Driscol. She hit three 3-pointers and finished with 10 points.

“Give Union credit,” Pappas said. “I thought they did a really good job in the first half of controlling the pace, especially on defense, and contesting our shots.”

CEDAR FALLS 61, BALLARD 32: Second-ranked Cedar Falls set the tone early with smothering defense and cruised to a 61-32 non-conference girls’ basketball win over Ballard Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers (10-1) outscored the Bombers 19-0 in the first period and didn’t allow a field goal until one minute into the second quarter. Cedar Falls surrendered just two buckets over the first 15 minutes.

Offensively, Kiana Barney had 15 points, while Emerson Green and Anaya Barney added 14 each for Cedar Falls.

WATERLOO EAST 66, DES MOINES HOOVER 43: Waterloo East got a big game from Amanee Clark and surged past Des Moines Hoover in the fourth quarter for a non-conference girls’ basketball victory Saturday.

The Trojans (4-8) trailed 39-37 heading into the final period, but outscored Hoover 19-4 to take control.

Clark finished with 25 points, including five 3-point baskets, while Kerris Roberts and DeNae Nash added 16 points each.

Summaries

Girls’ basketball

WAT. WEST 50, UNION 25

UNION (2-8) — Allie Carty 0-2 1-2 1, Kayla Lambe 0-2 2-2 2, Natalie Tecklenberg 2-5 0-0 5, Megan Carty 0-3 1-5 1, Emily Schmidt 3-8 0-0 6, Allie Driscol 3-5 1-2 10, Samantha Glenn 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 8-24 5-10 25.

WATERLOO WEST (6-6) — Aleah Cook 2-5 0-2 4, Lauren Conrey 4-11 0-0 9, Na’Tracia Ceaser 6-15 0-0 16, Jada Draine 2-11 0-0 4, Zia Collett 3-5 0-0 6, Gabrielle Moore 2-5 0-0 5, Ce Ce Young 0-1 0-0 0, Meredith Eighmey 1-2 0-0 3, Shiila Robinson 1-2 0-0 3, Camry Meyer 0-0 0-0 0, Ajla Dzelic 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-56 0-2 50.

Union 3 5 8 9 — 25

West 8 15 12 15 — 50

3-point goals—Union 4 (Driscol 3, Tecklenberg), West 8 (Ceaser 4, Conrey, Moore, Eighmey, Robinson). Total fouls—Union 5, West 14. Fouled out—none.

CEDAR FALLS 61, BALLARD 32

CEDAR FALLS (10-1) — Anaya Barney 5 1-2 14, Emerson Green 5 3-5 14, Kamryn Finley 4 0-0 9, McKenna Gleason 1 0-0 2, Kiana Barney 5 5-6 15, Cynthia Wolf 2 0-0 4, Cara Forsblom 1 0-0 3, Morgan Sterrett 0 0-0 0, Lexie Godfrey 0 0-0 0, Grace Burken 0 0-0 0, Allison Eagen 0 0-0 0, Kaylie Kleinschmidt 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 9-13 61.

BALLARD (5-6) — Tara Sanders 1 0-0 2, Maggie Larson 1 4-4 6, Charity Ransom 0 1-4 1, Rachel Wohlgemuth 0 2-2 2, Sydni Thrailkill 3 0-0 6, Josie Fleischmann 5 0-0 13, Juliana Vier 1 0-0 2, Summer McVicker 0 0-0 0, Molly Ihle 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 7-10 32.

Ced. Falls 19 14 14 14 — 61

Ballard 0 8 11 13 — 32

3-point goals—Cedar Falls 6 (A. Barney 3, Green 1, Finley 1, Forsblom 1), Ballard 3 (Fleischmann 3). Total fouls—Cedar Falls 11, Ballard 9. Fouled out—none.

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