KEYC - State Ranked Bluejays Eye Back-to-Back State Tourney Appearances

State Ranked Bluejays Eye Back-to-Back State Tourney Appearances

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Fresh off a state tournament appearance last year, the Waseca girls basketball team is 21–3, in the midst of another successful run as the regular season winds down.

KEYC News 12 Sports Rob Clark has more from the state ranked Bluejays.

Last year, Waseca made the state tourney for the first time in program history  the Jays only lost a couple of seniors from that squad and this season, the group is hoping to repeat as section champs and go one step further at state.

"Last year it was so amazing to go up to the state tournament. We're using that to strive to get there, not only to get there but keep pushing forward. We want to win a game at the state tournament," said Madison Gehloff, Waseca junior guard.

"It's valuable experience, and it's a different team. The kids got a little taste of what it can be like to play in those high pressure games, and what it's like to attend a state tournament. It's definitely a goal of ours to earn the opportunity to go back. We know it'll be a difficult road this year because our section is much improved this year," said Joan Conway, Waseca head coach.

That experience is key for a young group with three sophomore starters helping to develop a winning culture at Waseca.

"I think everyone knows that Gus Boyer is shooting the three ball pretty well, and has been scoring for us. It seems like every night, we have one or two other kids that are going to step up. We have five or six kids that average seven points or more per game so they're all capable of exploiting a match–up and that's huge to our success," said Conway.

"One thing I enjoy about these kids is they really want to get better. We go to practice every day, they're working really hard to improve. They want each other to get better, and that's the culture that's been established, and it's going to help us as we move forward," Conway added.

The Bluejays return to action on Tuesday  for a contest against Jordan before wrapping up the regular season against Faribault.

In Waseca, Rob Clark, KEYC News 12 Sports.