Wauzeka-Steuben girls basketball enters tournament as 2-seed for first time

Wauzeka-Steuben girls basketball has earned their first-ever two-seed for the state tournament after an 18-4 record and a share of the Ridge and Valley title.

This year is the first time the program has won a conference title in back-to-back seasons, but the start of the season didn’t have a championship vibe.

The Hornets lost their first two games to tough opponents, but they rallied to win 18 of their last 20, and are excited to host a few home playoff games.

“We all contributed to work as one to get these fantastic wins against some pretty tough teams,” guard Maddy Reichmann said. “I think we learned that we just needed to be more mentally and physically tough, and just work together more and keep our heads up.”

“It’s not easy,” head coach Ben McCullick said of the bracket. “I think this sectional is stacked. There are some good teams in it, but you’re at home, you’re comfortable, you get to play in front of your home crowd. It’s going to be exciting for them. I hope they have fun.”

Wauzeka-Steuben hosts Weston Tuesday night at 7 p.m.