A pair of Minnesota girls basketball state records fell earlier this week, and a national record was barely missed. You can thank the "Fun and Gun" offense at Waconia (Minn.)
for the fireworks.According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune
, the Wildcats converted 23 3-pointers (on 59 attempts) Monday in a 122-115 overtime victory over Glencoe-Silver Lake. Those 237 combined points also set a state record, which was set earlier this season in a Waconia game as well, and according to the NFHS Record Book
is the second-best game in history when it comes to combined points.
The national record still belongs to Gladbrook-Reinbeck and West Marshall of Iowa, who tallied 240 points in a 2011 game.
Big numbers are nothing new for Waconia (9-14). This article
from the Star Tribune explains the offensive philosophy at the school, and the lack of a defensive philosophy. Coach Carl Pierson's team definitely has entertainment value down pat, as the win over Glencoe-Silver Lake was the fifth time the team had reached triple digits this season. According to the story, the team averages more than 92 points per game, quite short of the national record of 100.1 set by Kenton Ridge (Springfield, Ohio) in 2011.
“We do a lot of running around. We really don’t play
defense," Kaylee Vanderhoff
said in the feature story. “People get on us about not playing any defense. But they say that we’re fun to watch, too.”
It's all about survival. The team simply doesn't have the personnel to play a half-court game, Pierson told the newspaper.
“We began to consider it as a coaching staff in February of last year. We were contemplating life without a 6-foot-1-or-better
post, something we had been blessed with the previous two seasons," Pierson was quoted as saying.
“I made it clear that we would abandon it if it was a disaster. Needless to say, our players really embraced it and we experienced a degree of success."