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Unbeaten Andale shoots past Augusta

Published Dec. 21 at 12:09 a.m. | Last updated Dec. 21 at 12:10 a.m.

Check one more objective off of Andale’s list of season goals.

“We wanted to go 4-0 into Christmas break and come back even better,” said junior Jordan Anderson, who hit four of the Indians’ nine three-pointers and helped power a 53-28 victory Friday night over AV-CTL Division IV rival Augusta.

The Indians boys – third in Class 4A a year ago – got to 4-0 (2-0 league) and did so in convincing fashion. Andale hit five three-pointers in the first quarter for a 19-2 lead at the end of the period.

“As Coach (Jeff Buchanan) said in the locker room, ‘We gave them the right hook,’ and we didn’t look back, I guess,” Anderson said.

Buchanan said it’s an incremental thing.

“You have to set little goals throughout,” he said. “(Being) 4-0 was a goal. They did a great job of battling to do that. It wasn’t an easy task, but it’s nice to accomplish that first goal and get it started.”

Guard Hunter Knoblauch, one of the team’s “greybeards” as a junior, said it’s nice to be unbeaten after dropping a close one to Winfield a year ago just before break.

“We wanted to get revenge on that,” he said. “We’re really young and we’ve been working hard, and it was fun to get a win.”

The Indians sputtered a little in the second quarter, but hit the Orioles (3-1, 1-1) with another 19 points in the third quarter, allowing Buchanan to play his reserves in the game’s final minutes.

“The last couple of games, we haven’t been shooting it well,” he said. “Defensively, we’ve been getting better every single game. When we start off the game holding them to two points in the first quarter and shooting the ball well, everybody started gaining confidence in each other, and you could just see that building and building.”

Buchanan was pleased that the defense remained strong. Augusta had just seven points at halftime.

“Then, when the third quarter came around, we started shooting well again,” he said. “Shooting’s a streaky thing. This year we feel like we have enough outside threats that there’s going to be a good balance – inside, outside, all the way throughout.”

Augusta coach David Stephenson marveled at Andale’s shooting success. Meanwhile, the Orioles struggled offensively, with a number of shots bounding off the rim.

“They started off on fire,” he said. “I didn’t know they were going to hit nine threes on us. We only gave up nine twos, which is good, but they hit nine threes on us.”

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AUGUSTA – Steinkamp 3, Rinch 2, Hurst 10, Brandenburg 5, McEachern 6, Jackson 2.

ANDALE Walstad 11, Macari 6, Hermreck 7, H. Knoblauch 8, Ast 9, Anderson 12.