On occasion it will chance that a team will have “one of those nights” they would just as soon forget. For the Woodward-Granger basketball teams, last Friday was just that: something both Hawk squads will try to put behind them.
Des Moines Christian showed little mercy to their WCC foes, with the Lions winning the girls’ battle, 60-20, while the Lion boys posted a 58-24 victory.
The girls’ contest started slowly, with each team scoring just two points in the first four minutes. From there it was all DMC, as the hosts led, 12-2, after one quarter before erupting in the second period to take a 33-7 lead into the intermission.
The margin stood at 50-14 after three periods, with DMC finally relenting on the press defense that had given the Hawks fits. W-G hit just nine shots in the contest and converted only 2-of-10 at the foul line.
Abby Hansen led W-G with six points, with Dalaney Bice adding five points. Mary Hansen, Kendra Husmann, Katelynn Major and Abby Musser added two points apiece, with a free throw from Riley Jamison capping the scoring for the guests.
Brittany Zimmer led DMC with 19 points, with Ebby Prewitt adding nine points and Megan Stubbs eight. Sara Juhl had nine rebounds and Elsa Anderson five assists while three players had three steals apiece to fuel the win.
The Hawk boys fared little better, falling into a 24-12 halftime hole and trailing 40-18 after three periods.
W-G hit 10-of-14 at the free throw line while DMC made only 5-of-16, but the guests made good on only 7-of-34 attempts from the field.
Marshall Nieland had six points off the bench to lead W-G. Jake Smiley and Nick Squires had five points apiece, Tanner Canova four points and Alex Bodermann and Tre Loge two points apiece to pace the Hawks. Nieland had five rebounds and four steals, with Loge clearing five boards while Bodermann had three assists in the loss.