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Claire Harder

Waupun's Claire Harder (right) pokes away the ball from Columbus' Savannah Olson, left, during the first half of a non-conference game on Dec. 4.

Waupun’s prep girls basketball team can’t win the East Central Conference championship. But on Monday night, the Warriors did at least exact a little revenge on the team that has won the title.

And in so doing, they spoiled Jackson Kettle Moraine Lutheran’s perfect season in the ECC.

Kettle Moraine Lutheran, the outright league champion, defeated the Warriors by eight points on Dec. 13 but got thoroughly outplayed in the second half of the rematch as host Waupun broke open what was a tie game at the break and won 57-44.

Waupun (15-5, 9-3 ECC) was led by Abbie Aalsma’s 19 points and six rebounds, but Kelli Bonack chipped in with 17 points and five rebounds and Claire Harder nearly had a double-double with nine points and nine boards. Peyton McGinnis added six points, six assists and three steals for Waupun, which had lost 63-55 to the Chargers in the first half of the conference season.

KML (16-5, 12-1), which has only one conference game remaining — at home against Ripon on Thursday — was led by Megan Sina’s 10 points.

The Chargers clinched the outright ECC title on Saturday with a 57-29 win at Kewaskum.

Waupun guaranteed itself of sole possession of second place with Monday’s victory. The Warriors are next in action Wednesday at Winneconne in a game that has twice been rescheduled from its original date.

The makeup was supposed to be today but it got bumped back a day because of a predicted snowstorm.


KML 20 24 — 44

Waupun 20 37 — 57

KML (44) — Abigail Washburn 2, Megan Sina 10, Amelia Bock 7, Rebecca Vandermus 8, Jamie Maas 2, Emma Thistle 2, Madeline Taubenheim 3, Erica Zeamer 4, Elle Truckenbrod 6. TOTALS (FGM FTM-FTA PTS): 14 12-14 44.

WAUPUN (57) — McKenna Cunningham 2, Naomi Aalsma 4, Abbie Aalsma 19, Kelli Bonack 17, Claire Harder 9, Peyton McGinnis 6. TOTALS (FGM FTM-FTA PTS): 21 11-16 57.

3-pointers: KML 4 (Sina 1, Taubenheim 1, Truckenbrod 2), Waup 4 (A. Aalsma 4). Total fouls: KML 17, Waup 16. Fouled out: None.

Assistant Regional Sports Editor

Capital Newspapers Assistant Regional Sports Editor