Wautoma senior Jared Lois moves around Lodi defender Peyton Fulkerson during the Feb. 17 home game. Lois finished the game with a total of 12 points, including shooting 4 of 6 from the free throw line. The Hornets went on to win the game against the Blue Devils, 59-51.

Hornets defeat Lodi, 59-51

The Wautoma Hornets found themselves in a back and forth battle against the visiting non-conference Lodi Blue Devils on Feb. 17. 

With strong offense and defense coming from both teams, the Hornets were able edge out their opponents to take home the 59-51 victory.

The first half allowed Wautoma to show off their strong shooting skills, with Sammy Van Allen and Jack Eagan each hitting a three-pointers in the first quarter, and four Hornets, Dakota Wilcox, Eagan, Van Allen, and Jared Lois making consistent baskets in the second.

The second half began with the Hornets down 32-27, but with a three-pointer from Wilcox, field goals from Lois and Eagan, and free throws from Nolan Hinz the score was tied at the end of the third period, 36-36.