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"We know that Cory is the big gun," Heggestad said. "He's a great player. But everybody here knows we have a good team and we all know our roles."
With the team established, Johnson took a more active role in the second half. After Monticello cut the lead to three, he scored the next 14 points. East built the lead to 15 (53-38) and was never threatened after that.
Waconia 50, Lakeville South 46: The Wildcats' offense got off to a sluggish start, but the defense more than made up for it. Waconia limited Lakeville South to 24 percent shooting in the first half en route to a four-point victory.
Lakeville South scored the first seven points, and the Wildcats (27-1) were held scoreless for the first six minutes before senior guard Mark Schrupp's 18-footer put the offense in gear.
"Somebody had to get us going," Schrupp said. "We always struggle at the beginning of games, but somehow we always fight back."
Waconia closed the first half with a 20-8 run, and never trailed again. Schrupp scored six of his 10 points in the half.
The Cougars (17-13), with a chance to tie it, missed three three-point attempts in the final one minute, 22 seconds. They went just 1-for-11 behind the arc.