WOODWARD — Visiting Guthrie Center started the fourth quarter with a 7-2 spurt that proved to be enough of a spread to help secure a 39-35 win over Woodward-Granger in WCC girls basketball action Friday.
The game was a sloppy affair that rarely saw more than 30 or 40 seconds of uninterrupted action, as turnovers and fouls helped destroy any sense of rhythm to the contest.
W-G (1-7, 1-7) held a 7-6 edge after eight minutes of play but entered the half trailing, 17-14. Guthrie Center (2-9, 2-6) was unable to widen the gap beyond five points during the third quarter, which ended with a short Hawk run that left the hosts down by only a point, at 22-21, entering the fourth quarter.
The Tigers began to convert at the foul line in the final frame, with a key 3-pointer pushing their advantage to 29-23. The Hawks managed to draw with four points on two occasions in the final 90 seconds of the game but could never quite draw even and fell, 39-35.
“We just didn’t do a good enough job of putting the ball in the basket,” Hawk head coach Gary Dresback said. “We have to take better care of the ball and make the most of our possessions and we just we not able to do that tonight. I thought our hustle and effort was fine, but our execution was not.”
Mary Hansen led the hosts with 10 points, with Riley Jamison adding nine points and Kayley Dresback six. Four points from Kendra Husmann, two apiece from Miranda Aunspach and Riley Kirton and free throws from Kaitlyn Peters and Emily Kuehl capped the scoring list.
Hansen had seven rebounds, four steals and a block, with Peters making a steal, blocking two shots and collecting five caroms. Dresback finished with steals and an assist, with Jamison grabbing four boards and swiping two passes while Husmann distributed four assists.
Madison Berger, Madison Waddell and Morgan Meacham scored seven points apiece for the visitors, with Joci Smith adding six points and Mady Smith four. The Tigers also received three points apiece from Rachel Courtney and Rachel Long, with LeAnna Stringer adding a basket.
W-G will host a pair of WCC contests next week, with West Central Valley to visit Tuesday and Des Moines Christian Friday.
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