By ALAN DOOLEY
Columbia outlasted Waterloo in a girls high school basketball rivalry game Tuesday night at Columbia High School, 57-49.
Waterloo appeared to take control of the game early, racing out to a 9-0 lead at the start.
But Columbia found its range and drew even at 11-11 at the 7:26 mark of the second quarter. Less than a minute later, the Eagles scored again to take a 13-11 lead, which they never relinquished the rest of the way. Columbia outscored the ‘Dogs 21-12 in the second quarter to take command.
Waterloo fought a determined battle in the opening game of a “Pack the Place” rivalry showdown that pitted the boys hoops teams in the nightcap, trailing 27-23 at the end of the half and by the same margin, 40-36, at the end of the third quarter.
Columbia (14-5) was able to widen the gap slightly in the fourth quarter by hitting its free throws, closing out the evening up 57-49.
Kaylee Bastien led the Eagles with 17 points, and turned in nice all-around numbers with six steals, five assists and six rebounds.
Taryn Pena and Kalli Farmer added 10 points in the victory.
For Waterloo (6-9), Kathryn Finnerty and Taylor Augustine each scored 18 points.