Hawk boys unable to quiet unbeaten Thunder

W-G senior Nick Squires gets a step on Madrid's Bryce Dean on a drive to the basket Jan. 29.

WOODWARD — The task facing 2-14 Woodward-Granger heading into Thursday’s non-conference game with 16-0 Grand View Christian was, in a word, daunting. An 83-36 victory for the visitors proved why.

While W-G held their guests to right at their state-leading average of 82.9 points per game, they were also witness to the best 3-point shooting team in Iowa, as the Thunder sank 11-of-27 beyond the line to push their season total to 197 treys — 24 more than the next school on the list, West Hancock.

Grand View Christian was a 92-41 winner over W-G Jan. 18 at Wells Fargo Arena and wasted little time Thursday in stifling any hopes of an upset as the Thunder bolted to a 24-8 lead after eight minutes. A 20-3 drenching on the scoreboard in the following frame gave the guests a 44-11 halftime lead.

Derick Morgan had seven points, with Brody Easter, Bodie Harrison and Marcus McConahay adding six points apiece to pace the Hawks.

Noah Burt had 17 points for the Thunder, with Robbie Sayler providing 14 points, Stephen Glenn 13, Grant DeMaulenaere 12 and Arturo Montes 10.

W-G hosts Earlham tonight before visiting Guthrie Center Tuesday. The W-G boys will entertain CMB Thursday, with both W-G teams hosting Panorama Feb. 12 in a WCC twin set rescheduled from Feb. 2.

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