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Hawks split with Wildcats

Jeff Webster/Perry Chief Dalaney Bice of Woodward-Granger shoots over Alicia Urquhart of West Central Valley on Tuesday.
Jeff Webster/Perry Chief Dalaney Bice of Woodward-Granger shoots over Alicia Urquhart of West Central Valley on Tuesday.

WOODWARD — The Woodward-Granger girls pulled away in the second half for a 59-49 win over WCV in WCC basketball Tuesday. The Hawk boys were not as fortunate, as they were unable to overcome a five-point deficit at the break, eventually falling to the Wildcats, 58-47.

The girls game was a back-and-forth affair in the first half, with the teams entering the intermission locked at 28-all.

Katelynn Major, Dalaney Bice and Mary Hansen keyed 15-4 spurt in the third quarter that allowed the hosts to take a 43-32 lead after three periods. The Wildcats were their own worst enemy, committing an unofficial eight turnovers in eight minutes that helped the hosts slowly widen their advantage.

Annie Webb and Tori Manning scored baskets in the final frame that helped stymie any possible WCV run, with the lead swelling to as many as 14 points, at 56-42, with just under three minutes to play.

Juniors Bailee Arnburg and Olivia McAtee tried to spark a Wildcat comeback but were unable to overcome the deficit created by the poor third quarter. Arnburg finished with a game-high 23 points, with Jennifer Dudley adding eight points and McAtee seven to lead the visitors.

Point guard Abby Musser paced W-G with 14 points, with Major adding 12 points while Bice and Webb had eight points apiece. Abby Hansen scored tallied seven points for the hosts, with Mary Hansen and Manning scoring four points each and Riley Jamison two.

Bice and Webb had eight rebounds apiece and Abby Hansen six as the Hawks acquitted themselves well against a taller Wildcat team. Mary Hansen and Major led the squad with three assists apiece while Musser finished with a team-best three steals.

The Hawk boys fell into an early 13-4 hole but battled back to within a point before entering the locker room trailing by five. WCV was able to keep the hosts at bay in the second half thanks largely to a 19-9 edge in the third quarter that established a 45-30 lead with eight minutes to play.

Forward Bryce Kearns led the Wildcats with 19 points, eight of which came in the first two minutes of play.

W-G senior Tanner Canova countered Kearns with 19 points of his own, with Alex Bodermann adding 10 points and Marshall Nieland six. Michael Connor contributed four points, with Nick Squires, Jacob Smiley, Dylan Garland and Mason Burkhart tallying two points apiece to cap the W-G scoring ledger.

Canova, Smiley and Squires grabbed three rebounds apiece, with Nieland making four steals while Canova blocked three shots.

The Hawks shot poorly, hitting only 17-of-68 (25 percent) from the floor, which included a 1-10 clip on 3-point attempts. They sank just 12-of-25 free throws.

Both W-G teams travel to Des Moines Christian for a WCC twinbill on Friday. The Hawk boys will host Woodward Academy Dec. 10 before both W-G squads entertain Van Meter Dec. 13.

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