Hawk boys unplug visiting Chargers in postseason opener

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The W-G defense collapses on a Panorama player earlier this season. Photo courtesy Vallerie Storesund.

WOODWARD — Three players scored in double-digits to lift Woodward-Granger past Chariton in the first round of Class 2A Substate 6 boys basketball Monday.

Conditions outside may have been below frigid, but the Hawks blistered their own nets with hot-shooting from the floor en route to a 71-31 landslide win. W-G buried 9-of-18 3-point shots, and followed that up by converting an impressive 19-of-30 (63.3 percent) from inside the arc. The team hit 6-of-14 free throws.

W-G (9-13) raced to a 21-3 lead after just eight minutes of play, and were completely in control, up 42-11, at the break. Chariton (1-16) stood no chance of making a comeback, and entered the final frame facing a 59-16 deficit.

Worth Henry had 17 points and both Brody Nardini and Trevor Simmons 12 apiece for the hosts. Coby Peters added nine points, Carter Moran seven, Walker Deputy six, Dylan Backe five, and Collin Nardini three.

Brody Nardini splashed three treys, Deputy two, and Henry, Moran, Peters, and Collin Nardini one each.

Peters had five rebounds, and Simmons and Deputy four boards each. Backe finished with six assists and four steals for the Hawks, with Henry making five assists and adding five steals.

The win moves W-G into a Thursday contest, at 7 p.m. against host PCM (9-10). The winners will play Feb,. 23 against either Des Moines Christian (18-2) or Pleasantville (6-14). The latter was a 64-37 victor over Colfax-Mingo (1-15) Monday.

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