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Winning ways continue on basketball court

Photo by Brian Hansel Wadena-Deer Creek's Hope Theisen (10) contests a layup shot by Pierz guard Cassandra Banick (13) in the first half of Tuesday night's season opener. Trailing the play is WDC's Macy Hartman (14).

The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines have brought a contagious condition with them from the fall volleyball season -- winning.

First-year girls' basketball head coach Keith Ferris saw his Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines rally from a 30-21 deficit Tuesday night to defeat traditional opening night foe Pierz 61-49 on the Elementary hardcourt.

Coming off an unbelievable 33-0 volleyball season that made them the darlings and the champions of the Class AA state tournament, the Wolverines rode the double figure scoring of Emily Miron, Avery Jackson and Courtney Volkmann in beating Pierz. Eleven of WDC's 13 varsity players were members of the undefeated volleyball squad.

The Pioneers turned in a good first half of basketball with Jayme Sczublewski doing the bulk of their scoring. Sczublewski led all scorers in the game with 19 points.

The Wolverines, by contrast, were sluggish.

"Pierz's 2-3 and 1-2-2 defenses rattled us in the first half," Ferris said.

After some making some halftime adjustments, the Wolverines out-scored the Pioneers 40-19. Miron gave the Pioneers a good taste of what WDC's great team height will be doing to a lot of clubs this winter by scoring 16 points and hauling down 11 rebounds. Jackson and Volkmann did their damage from the guard spots. Both cagers came up with 13 points. Jackson scored 12 of her game points to ignite WDC's second half rally. Jackson and Volkmann combined for nine assists.

PIERZ (49)

J. Sczublewski 19, L. Monson 7, A. Preimesberger 6, E. Gritzmacher 6, C. Banick 3, M. Boser 6, A. Boser 2. Totals: 17/3 6-10 49

WDC (61)

A. Jackson 13, Caitlin Volkmann 7, Courtney Volkmann 13, E. Miron 16, K. Crawford 5, M.Moenkedick 2, R.Craig 5. Totals: 22/3 8-16 61

Pierz 30 19 - 49

WDC 21 40 - 61

Fouls: Pierz 20, WDC 16