Abbie Aalsma

A few more fans than has been the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic were inside the gymnasium at Kewaskum High School for Friday night’s East Central Conference clash between the Indians and visiting Waupun Warriors, resulting in a bit more vocal student section and a more palpable atmosphere in general.

Given what was already at stake for the Warriors — the outright league title — the added noise presented just another challenge standing in their way.

“They had to welcome back those nerves a little bit that they haven’t had to feel all year,” Warriors coach Tim Aalsma said in a phone interview after the game.

The Warriors were up to the task.

Junior Abbie Aalsma had 18 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and three steals, freshman Kayl Peterson had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Waupun had a reason to celebrate, winning 67-38 to capture the ECC championship for the second year in a row — marking the second time in school history the program has won two straight league crowns.

“That’s not an easy place to play — that’s a tough environment,” Tim Aalsma said. “So to come out and do it in the fashion that we did, I’m super proud of the kids.”

Complementing Abbie Aalsma and Peterson on the stat sheet for Waupun (15-3, 12-0 ECC) were senior McKenna Cunningham (12 points) and freshman Gracie Gopalan (10 points, four assists, four steals).

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