WAITSBURG - Waitsburg-Prescott's girls, ranked eighth in the Class 2B state basketball poll, had no trouble whatsoever in rolling to its 11th straight victory here Friday night with a 64-34 romp past visiting Liberty Christian.
W-P took a 6-0 Southeast 2B District record and 11-0 overall mark into a Saturday night district counter at Dayton.
The Patriots got a bucket from Hannah Croskrey to cut the W-P's lead to 5-4 with 5:20 left in the first quarter. Kristin Potter answered with a bucket for the hometeam and W-P was off to the races.
W-P's Genesis Pearson grabbed a Potter miss and put it back to culminate a 23-0 run and produce a 28-4 lead with 3:10 left in the first half.
Croskrey hit one-of-two free throws to break the Patriot draught at the 2:59 mark, but the damage was done.
The Patriots went the last 13:20 of the half without a field goal, only managing four Croskrey free throws and one from Sydney Higgins in the second quarter.
Potter, with two first-quarter treys, finished the half with 10 points, Pearson added eight, Dionna Baker and Krystal Harris stuck in six each, and W-P took a commanding 31-9 lead to intermission.
"It was pretty impressive," W-P coach Jerry Baker said of his team's first half. "I challenged them before the game, because we've been coming out pretty slow. I was tickled to death with the way the girls came out of the blocks. That first half is as impressive as we've played all year. We moved the ball well, got good shots, hit our shots and did everything right."
W-P left some momentum in the locker room to start the second half. Baker's team turned the ball over and committed two of its 26 fouls in the first 30 seconds and forced the coach to take a time out.
"Could you see me getting red," Baker said of the second-half start. "I was about to blow up. We came out in the second half and thought the game was won. All we talked about at half was to take care of the ball and not make any stupid fouls. Then we had two turnovers and two fouls in the first 30 seconds.
"They responded and came back and got our 20-point lead again. They just like to do that to make my hair fall out."
Amy Koller scored for LC to cut the W-P lead to 33-15 with 5:02 left in the third. Ronnie Hulce converted a Potter feed and W-P was off on a 16-10 run to close out the third period for a 49-25 advantage.
Hulce scored four and Harris added four to move W-P to a 57-28 lead with 4:58 left, and W-P coasted home.
Croskrey finished with 13 to lead the Patriots. L-C dropped to 3-3 in district play.
Potter, with 14 points, led a quartet of W-P players in double digits. Pearson finished with 12 and Harris and Baker both ended with 11.
"That's what I like to see," Baker said. "Four in double digits."
"That's not going to be an easy game for us," Baker said of Saturday's game at Dayton. "Traditionally, we don't play well in Dayton. We're going to have our hands full."
Waitsburg-Prescott 64, Liberty Christian 34
LIBERTY CHRISTIAN (34) - S. Croskrey 0-0 0-0 0, H. Croskrey 4-10 5-9 13, Moore 1-6 1-3 3, Higgins 1-6 4-8 6, Patterson 0-0 0-0 0, Berges 0-4 0-0 0, Chase 0-4 5-8 5, Koller 3-11 1-3 7. Totals 9-42 16-31 34.
WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT (64) - Potter 6-14 0-0 14, Goenen 0-2 1-2 1, Huxoll 0-1 2-2 2, Hafen 0-2 0-0 0, Harris 4-11 1-2 11, Hulce 3-8 3-4 9, Doepker 0-1 0-0 0, Withers 0-0 0-0 0, Moss 1-1 0-0 2, Pearson 4-6 4-4 12, Hofer 1-4 0-0 2, Baker 5-7 1-4 11. Totals 24-56 12-18 64.
Liberty Christian 4 5 16 9 - 34
W-P 19 12 18 15 - 64
3-point goals - LC 0-1 (Moore 0-1), W-P 4-7 (Potter 2-3, Harris 2-4). Total fouls - LC 13, W-P 26. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - LC 30 (Koller 9), W-P 40 (Pearson 7, Baker 7). Turnovers - LC 20, W-P 18. Assists - LC 4, W-P 11 (Potter 3, Hulce 3).