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Coming off an emotional conference loss to rival Neuqua Valley on Friday night, Waubonsie Valley coach Steve Weemer wasn’t sure what he was going to get from his team Saturday night against host Lincoln-Way East.
The first impression was pretty good when Jared Brownridge drained a three-pointer to start the game. It only got better during his team’s 64-50 non-conference win in just the second meeting between the two schools.
“We don’t know a whole lot about Lincoln-Way and we both have contrasting styles,” Weemer said. “It was a challenge and I was really proud on how our guys stuck with it. You have to give Lincoln-Way credit, they kept fighting and they are a good basketball team.
“I thought we did a nice job defensively at stretches and we have to build on this. We shared the ball much better and communicated better on defense. Overall I was pleased with our effort, especially after last night.”
Bryan Jefferson had 16 of his game-high 26 points in the first half for the Warriors (14-7), who led 32-23 at the break.
The Griffins had eight different players score — Terrell Harper and David Paulsen led the way with 10 points each, while teammate Jon Junkroski added eight.
Lincoln-Way East (8-8) pulled within 11-9 in the first quarter, 27-23 in the second, and 34-29 in the third, but could not get closer.
Brownridge scored 13 of his 20 points after halftime to help keep the Warriors in control, and Jack Cordes contributed 10 points.
“We had a tough loss last night and wanted to play our hardest to get back in the winning column and get our confidence back,” Jefferson said. “We didn’t want to let that loss hang on our heads.
“Our defense was better tonight, we had more intensity and active hands. Our offensive execution was also better the entire game.”