Any winning recipe includes at least a few different ingredients, one of them usually the “key” ingredient.
For Waupun’s prep girls basketball team this season, that ingredient is defense.
In-your-face, suffocating, relentless defense.
The Warriors are allowing only 40.0 points per game this year and have given up more than that just five times during their current 14-game winning streak, with the most recent victories coming by scores of 70-41 over Campbellsport last Tuesday and 63-39 at Berlin on Friday to clinch the outright East Central Conference championship — the team’s first league title since finishing as co-champs with Kiel in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference in 2014-15.
“It’s culture and chemistry,” Warriors coach Tim Aalsma said of how it is that Waupun — ranked fifth in Division 3 in the WisSports.net coaches poll and eighth in D3 by the Associated Press — has gotten on such a roll. “Throughout the year we have developed an identity of defense being our mindset, and everything has kind of gone from there. The team has really bought into it.”
Aalsma said things really took off following a 61-50 loss to Kettle Moraine Lutheran on Dec. 17, which came a week after the Warriors suffered a 66-55 non-conference loss to Watertown Luther Prep. continue reading