WOODWARD — A pair of free throws with less than two seconds remaining carried Woodward-Granger to a 56-54 win over visiting AC/GC in WCAC play Tuesday, with the Chargers topping their hosts, 50-37, in the girls contest.
W-G (6-13, 5-10) avenged a 49-46 loss Jan. 8 to AC/GC (15-5, 9-5) in a game that was hotly contested most of the way.
The visitors were ahead, 8-6, after one frame, with the home team rallying to lead, 27-22, at the intermission. W-G held a 44-39 lead as the fourth quarter began, with the rivals finding themselves tied, 54-all, in the waning seconds.
AC/GC tried a 3-pointer that missed and were whistled for a foul on the rebound.
The whistle sent W-G senior Trevor Simmons to the foul line with 1.5 ticks to play, with Simmons calming sinking both shots to seal the win.
Worth Henry’s 19 points paced W-G, with Brody Nardini adding 11 points and Walker Deputy nine. Dylan Backe added six points, Cody Peters and Carter Moran four apiece and Simmons three.
Nardini contributed four rebounds, two assists and two steals, Backe five boards and five assists and Henry four caroms, four assists, and three thefts.
Lucas Marsh had 22 points for AC/GC, with Eli Kading having 12 points, Ben Marsh 10, Miles Kading eight and Brock Littler two.
AC/GC was 4-of-19 on 3-pointers, with W-G draining 4-of-10, with the hosts making 16-of-26 free throws and the guests 14-of-20.
AC/GC (12-9, 10-5) had rolled W-G (4-15, 4-11), 60-21, when the girls teams met Jan. 8, but found the Hawks a much more difficult opponent Tuesday.
The Chargers held leads of 11-7 and of 21-15 after each of the first two frames, but the Hawks remained in range, trailing just 35-28, entering the final period.
Grace Deputy had 15 points to pace the Hawks, with Darby Nixon having eight points, Ava Petersen seven, Rian Jamison five, and both Makenzie Dresback and Faith Kuehl one each.
Kylie Young led the Chargers with 22 points, with EmmaKay McClain tallying 13 points. Saige O’Brien had five points, Sophie Dorsey four, Reagan Carney three, Alaina Bunde two, and Taylor Carlson one.