The second regional round for the Warriors was a season ender for Meskwaki as they took on the Waterloo Christian Regents on their home court Tuesday Feb. 18. The Warriors and the Regents have rivaled twice in regular season play and split losses. Coach Heath Brown said, "They (the girls) were down because they knew they could do a better job. It just wasn't our night."
Starting for Meskwaki were seniors Jaden Davenport and Kadyn Clark, junior Shyannon Wolf, sophomore Ryan Roberts and freshman Grace Tahahwah. Four of the Waterloo Christian starters were seniors Katlin Armbrecht, Anna Doering, Aubrey Grant, and April Hall. Sophomore Whitney Smith rounded out their lineup.
It was a slow start for Meskwaki as the Regents held them to five points in the first quarter. The Warriors struggled to get the ball to the post against the Waterterloo Christian's two-three zone defense. Several errant passes by the Warriors lead to turnovers which the Regents capitalized on as they entered the second quarter with a 15-5 lead.
The second quarter was more like the Meskwaki basketball fans are used to seeing out of the Warriors. Kadyn Clark had two fast breaks midway through the quarter that helped shift momentum in favor of Meskwaki. As the Warriors chipped away at the 10 point deficit, Waterloo Christian became flustered and the Warriors were able to take advantage by forcing steals and dominating the defensive glass. Doering got her swagger back towards the end of the quarter and answered with a drive to the hoop which resulted in a three point play after being fouled by the Warriors. The Warriors outscored the Regents 11-4 in the second quarter which left them trailing by 3 (19-16) at the half.
Similar to their production in the first quarter, the Warriors struggled coming out of the halftime break. Both teams had a difficult time getting their offense started, until Smith had a breakaway layup for the Regents. Deah Moore, who is normally a starter for the Warriors, made her first appearance in the game with 4:57 in the third quarter but was never able to get a rhythm going. Meskwaki head coach Heath Brown stated that he decided to go with a smaller lineup to match up more evenly with Waterloo Christian's speed and quickness. At the end of the third both teams had scored 15 points apiece with Meskwaki down by three, 31-34.
In the final quarter of the game Wolf picked up her fourth foul, sending her to the bench at 6:23. With just under four minutes remaining, Doering forced a turnover and converted on the other end with a three point, 'and one', play. One of the keys to victory for Waterloo Chrisitan was the defensive pressure that resulted in several turnovers, over double the amonunt of steals compared to the Warriors.
Leading scorer for the Warriors was Davenport with 10, Clark with 8, Roberts and Wolf with 5, Moore and Marcelena Guevara with 4 each, Tahawah with 3 and Kailee Pushetonequa with 2. Leading scorer for the Regents was Doering with 20, Katlin Armbrecht with 12, Smith with 10, Hall with 8 and April Armbrecht and Grant with 2 a piece.
Even though the season ended in a loss Coach Brown is proud of the girls stating, "A lot of our girls stepped up. Grace Tahawah stepped up and did a good job playing varsity. They are really young so it was hard to keep them focused throughout the long season. I am just really proud of them."