Tess Olinger finds open space and releases a shot over Waukon’s Alyssa Collins. (Photos by Jennifer Bissell)
It was another step in a long journey to 1,000 career victories for Waukon girls basketball coach Gene Klinge Tuesday night; unfortunately it came at the expense of the Decorah girls team.
With just two games to go to that historic mark, Klinge picked up win No. 999, with the Indians (13-3, 7-3 NEIC) defeating Decorah (4-10, 2-6 NEIC) 57-44.
No. 1,000 could be achieved later in the week as Waukon battles at New Hampton Friday and at Caledonia (Minn.) Saturday. He is on a quest to become just the ninth girls basketball coach in the country to reach 1,000 career wins.
Decorah fell behind in the first quarter and couldn't make up the deficit. After trading baskets following the opening tip, Waukon started using offensive boards to build a 13-4 lead with three minutes to go in the first. Decorah came back to double its point total; however, after one period of play, it was 23-8 Waukon. The Indian defense continued to bother the Decorah offense as the Vikes scored just six points in the next quarter of play. Meanwhile, the Indians continued to find a way to break the Decorah press and find the open player. At the half, it was 33-14 for the visitors.
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