Three-game winning streak stunted at Waldorf

Three-game winning streak stunted at Waldorf

by Brock Borgeson, Sports Editor

FOREST CITY, Iowa – Simpson was pitted against the No. 24 ranked team in NAIA Division II and for the first half the Storm were poised for an upset.

The Storm dissipated in the second half though, shooting just 34.4 percent as Waldorf came from behind to win 75-67, breaking Simpson’s three-game winning streak.

A 15-4 run at the start of the second half created the edge the Warriors (5-1) needed, never relinquishing the lead after going up 37-34 on Kaden Verdin’s three-pointer.

Simpson got within four points twice late in the second half, but Waldorf turned an efficient final five minutes to close out the game.

Sam Amsbaugh and Dillon Gretzky had team-highs in points for Simpson, scoring 16 apiece. Ryan Skaar added ten on 2 of 4 from three. DJ Dafney had a team-best five rebounds, but the Storm were hurt on the boards as a whole, losing the rebounding battle 39-25.

June Prowell posted a 22-10 night, leading a Waldorf team that had four players in double-figures.

Prowell got to the paint and the line, going 10 of 11 at the free throw line, only attempting one three-pointer on the night.

The Storm get a break for finals before heading to Nebraska-Omaha for an exhibition game on Dec. 16. Their next Division III matchup is up in Winona, Minn. against the Saint Mary’s Cardinals on Dec. 21.