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Hawks split against Ogden

A strong run through the fourth quarter lifted the W-G girls to a 56-46 win over Ogden in WCAC action Tuesday while the visiting Bulldogs broke open a tight game at the intermission to claim a 54-25 win in the boys contest.

The Hawk girls (3-3, 2-2) found themselves in a 17-all tie at the break thanks in large part to what head coach Corey Schneider called “terrible shooting” as the hosts “missed countless lay-ups and put-backs.”

Ogden (2-3, 1-3) grabbed a 36-34 lead after three frames, but the hosts suddenly found the range on offense, streaking to 22-5 run over the first six-and-a-half minutes of the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Katelynn Major poured in 14 second half points to finish with a team-best 17 points. Mary Hansen had nine points and Abby Musser and Dalaney Bice eight points apiece, with Abby Hansen and Tori Manning adding six points each and Annie Webb two.

The W-G boys (0-6, 0-5) were in good shape in their contest through 16 minutes and trailed just 21-16 at the break.

However, Ogden (4-2, 3-2) ripped off a 15-3 run in the third quarter to take a 36-19 lead, then outscored their hosts 18-6 in the final stanza to claim the victory.

Nick Squires paced W-G with 12 points, with Michael Connor clearing eight rebounds while Alex Bodermann distributed five assists.

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The Hawks stepped out of conference for a pair of games with Gilbert Dec. 14.

Unfortunately for W-G, the trip north did not go as planned, as the hosts claimed a 50-36 win in the girls game and a 78-49 triumph in the boys contest.

The W-G girls held a 12-8 lead after the first quarter and had an 18-17 edge at the break, but the Tigers used a 16-6 run in the third quarter to grab a 34-23 lead and never looked back.

Abby Hansen had a game-high 11 points for W-G, with Jamison adding eight points and Manning five while Musser tallied four points and Webb three. Two points each from Mary Hansen and Major and a free throw from Bice capped the Hawk offense.

The Hawk boys were once again hampered by a slow start as they fell into a 24-10 hole after eight minutes of play. They were within range, down 40-28, at the half, but a 21-8 third quarter burst from the hosts set the score at 61-36 and settled the issue.

Bodermann hit 3-of-6 beyond the arc as part of his team-high 12 points for W-G. Loge had nine points and Smiley eight, with Canova and Connor adding six points apiece while Squires tallied five points and Dylan Garland three.

Squires had eight rebounds and three steals off the bench, with Smiley making three thefts while Bodermann added three assists.

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Friday the 13th proved unlucky for the Woodward-Granger basketball teams, as visiting Van Meter scored a pair of victories over the Hawks in WCAC cage play last week.

The Bulldogs were 53-31 winners in the girls game and completed the sweep with a 73-30 victory in the boys contest.

Van Meter opened a 15-10 lead after one quarter in the girls contest, and then used a 10-3 edge over the following eight minutes to post a 25-13 lead at the half.

Strong defensive play helped the guests in the second half as the Hawks were given few open looks at the basket and on several occasions were forced into turnovers. The Bulldogs widened their advantage to 37-20 after three quarters and won easily from there.

Musser led W-G with 10 points, with Mary Hansen adding eight points off the bench. Katelynn Major had four points and Dalaney Bice three, with Abby Hansen, Annie Webb and Riley Jamison adding two points apiece.

The visitors wasted little time in playing the role of rude guest in the second game by exploding to a 21-4 lead after one quarter. The gap swelled to 37-14 at the half and stood at 61-24 with eight minutes to play.

Bodermann had 10 points to pace W-G, with Tre Loge adding eight points. Mason Burkhart scored four points and Marshall Nieland three, with Jake Smiley and Squires adding two points apiece and Tanner Canova a free throw.

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