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Hawks split with Madrid

The Woodward-Granger and Madrid cagers split a WCC set last Friday, with the W-G girls recording a 57-24 win while the Madrid boys were 71-52 victors.

Both teams were off to slow starts for the first four minutes in the girls game, with the Tigers holding a 5-4 lead. W-G went on a 13-0 run to close the frame to grab a 17-5 edge at the end of opening quarter, but Madrid stayed nearly even over the next period to trail at half, 26-13.

A 15-5 spurt pushed the Hawks to a 41-18 lead entering the final frame and the hosts never looked back. A pressing defense and tight defending in the half-court bothered the guests throughout the game, particularly in the second half. Several Hawks finished with two or more steals, with Katleynn Major and Annie Webb leading the way with four thefts apiece.

Webb and Abby Musser led the way for the Hawks with 10 points apiece, with Major and Tori Manning both scoring eight points while Katie Sprott added six. Emily Kuehl had four points and Ariel Charter and Mary Hansen three each, with Abby Hansen and Dalaney Bice scoring two points apiece while Riley Jamison sank a free throw.

Charter had seven rebounds, with Major, Kuehl and Abby Hansen grabbing five boards apiece. Kuehl had a 3-pointer in the game, which was only the fifth of the year for the Hawks, who rarely attempt shots beyond the arc.

Anna Cairns led Madrid with seven points and seven rebounds.

The Hawk boys have spent most of the season finding themselves facing steep halftime deficits, but such was not the case against the rival Tigers.

W-G stayed close throughout the first half and trailed just 31-26 at the break. The hosts were within a point, down 36-35, midway through the third quarter when the team suddenly found it difficult to put the ball in the basket.

Madrid slowly seized control of the boards and began to score in transition, rolling off a 14-0 stretch to end the period and post a 50-35 lead.

The Hawks scored the first five points of the final frame to close to with 10 points but could come no closer the rest of the way as Madrid kept the hosts at bay en route to the win.

Nick Squires had 21 points for W-G, with Tre Loge adding eight points and Marshall Nieland seven. Six points apiece from Jacob Smiley and Tanner Canova and four from Mason Burkhart completed the scoring ledger for the hosts.

Senior Alex Van Dyke came off the Tiger bench to sink four 3-pointers and post a team-high 21 points while distributing four assists. Clayton Romitti finished with 11 points and nine rebounds, with Luke Hudnutt clearing 12 boards while scoring six points.

Ten of the 11 Tiger players scored at least two points in the win, with Madrid sinking 24-of-35 free throws.

W-G’s game at Panorama Tuesday was postponed by weather; a reschedule date had not been set as of press time. Grandview Park Baptist was to have visited W-G Saturday, but that game was moved up to Friday.The Hawks will host Earlham on Friday and visit Guthrie Center Feb. 11, with the W-G boys to entertain CMB Feb. 13.

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