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Comet boys make 15 threes

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Fox Valley Lutheran's Blaine Van Asten defends Waupaca's Shaun Anderson in the second half of a North Eastern Conference boys' basketball game Feb. 14 at Waupaca High School. Fifteen of Anderson's 17 points came on five three-pointers. Waupaca connected on 15 threes in the 73-66 win over the Foxes. Greg Seubert Photo

Waupaca beats FVL at home

By Greg Seubert

Just over a month ago, the Waupaca boys’ basketball team headed to Appleton and returned home after a 40-point loss to Fox Valley Lutheran.

The rematch of the North Eastern Conference teams had a different outcome.

Justin Vaughn and Shaun Anderson combined to make 11 of the Comets’ 15 three-pointers Feb. 14 in a 73-66 win over the Foxes at Waupaca High School.

Vaughn scored 21 of his game-high 26 points in the first half as the Comets outscored the Foxes 43-40 over the first 18 minutes.

The points dropped off a little in the second half, but Waupaca still outscored the Foxes 30-26.

The lead changed hands 10 times before Samuel Steigenberger’s three gave the Foxes their biggest lead of the game, 32-24.

However, Waupaca regained the lead on a pair of triples from Vaughn and one from Brandon Wanty and only trailed one more time in the game.

Eighteen of Waupaca’s first 22 points came on three threes from Vaughn and Anderson.

“It’s something that we rely on heavily, so it was good to see those go in early,” coach Ethan Dayton said. “The fatigue will playing a lot of games in a row has affected our shot a little bit, but fortunately tonight, we focused and it went in a lot. When you’re shooting well, it sparks you a lot on defense, too. That definitely helped us.”

Anderson’s fifth three early in the second half gave Waupaca a 49-40 lead. Waupaca eventually pushed the lead to 54-44, but the Foxes used a 15-6 run to cut the deficit to 60-59 with 4:58 remaining in the game.

Blaine Van Asten later tied the game at 63-63 with a pair of free throws with just over two minutes to go, but the Foxes never went ahead and the Comets outscored FVL 10-3 the rest of the way.

Vaughn’s 26 points including six threes, while Anderson hit five threes and finished with 17 points and Wanty and Hunter Marcom finished in double figures with 13 points each. Van Asten led the Foxes with 16 points.

The Comets also made 10 of 11 free throws, including four in the final minute.

“The seniors are starting to realize that this is their last chance to have a good go of it,” Dayton said. “They’re really putting forth their best effort right now to play together, play with each other and play their best ball. It feels good that we’ve put in all this time and effort and we can put a good product out on the court.”

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