Defense dominates as 10th-ranked DMC girls shut down W-G

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Woodward-Granger's Mary Hansen was able to score around the defense of Des Moines Christian's Aspen Brockhouse Friday. Kayley Dresback (34) and Kaitlyn Peters (right) follow the action for the hosts.

WOODWARD — Des Moines Christian held host Woodward-Granger to just six points over an 18-minute stretch through the middle of Friday’s WCC game en route to a 56-30 victory.

W-G's Kayley Dresback fights for a loose ball as teammate Riley Kirton (22) and head coach Gary Dresback (rear) watch during Friday's game with Des Moines Christian.
W-G’s Kayley Dresback fights for a loose ball as teammate Riley Kirton (22) and head coach Gary Dresback (rear) watch during Friday’s game with DMC.

The Lions girls, ranked 10th in Class 2A, moved to 11-1 overall and 9-0 in conference play with the win.

After trailing, 11-8, at the end of the first quarter, DMC used a 12-3 run to post a 20-14 lead at the half. W-G (1-9, 1-9) was still very much in the game, but the Lion press suddenly came to life, forcing repeated turnovers and helping fuel a 17-3 spurt that moved the score to 37-17 and ended all suspense.

The Hawk offense awakened against a mixture of Lion starters and reserves in the fourth quarter, though DMC was still pressing with a lead in the high-teens with four minutes to play. W-G, which had but 17 points to start the quarter managed to score 13 points in the last eight minutes, but it was not nearly enough as DMC added 19 to their total to set the final score.

Woodward-Granger's Mary Hansen scores on the break ahead of Des Moines Christian's Mia Rosener during their WCC meeting Friday. Riley Jamison (4) follows the play for the Hawks.
Woodward-Granger’s Mary Hansen scores on the break ahead of Des Moines Christian’s Mia Rosener during their WCC meeting Friday. Riley Jamison (4) follows the play for the Hawks.

Mary Hansen led W-G with 18 points and was the only Hawk to score more than once from the floor. Emily Kuehl had a 3-pointer and Kaitlyn Peters three points, with Miranda Aunspach and Riley Jamison adding two points apiece while Kendra Husmann and Alyssa Bice each added a free throw.

DMC simply sparkled at the foul line, draining 19-of-20 attempts. Ebby Prewitt was 10-of-10 at the line and led the Lions with 22 points, with Mia Rosener adding 14 points to help spark the victory.

W-G will face 1A No. 8 Grandview Christian Monday at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines at 3 p.m., with the boys game to follow. At 7 p.m. the Iowa Energy will host the Raptors 905 in NBA D-League action.

The Hawk girls are then off Tuesday and will return to the court Friday when both W-G teams visit Van Meter.

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