Hawk girls eliminate rival Tigers

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W-G senior Kayley Dresback is guarded by Panorama freshman Payton Beckman during their WCAC tussle Jan. 8. W-G's win over Madrid Saturday will send the Hawks to Panora Tuesday as the playoffs continue.


MADRID — Woodward-Granger used a dominating stretch over the second and third quarters to hand rival Madrid a season-ending 40-27 loss Saturday in their Class 2A Region 7 First Round battle.

The win sends W-G (11-11) to Panora Tuesday to face sixth-ranked Panorama (20-1) at 7 p.m. with the winner moving on to the R7 Semifinals Friday in Adel against either Nodaway Valley or Southwest Valley.

W-G was off quick, racing to an 8-0 lead. Madrid (7-12) closed to within 8-4 after one quarter, then moved into a 9-8 lead before W-G could answer. The Hawks held the Tigers to just two points in the final six minutes of the half while putting 16 points of their own on the board to open a 24-11 gap at the halftime break.

The guests scored the first five points of the second half to push their advantage to 29-11 and led, 33-19, entering the fourth quarter.

The Hawks had connected on all six of their free throws in the first half hit just 3-of-10 after the intermission. They finished 9-of-16 at the stripe while the hosts were a combined 9-of-18.

Emma Anderson led all scorers with 13 points for W-G, with Mae Anderson and Katelyn Scharlau scoring eight points each. Kayley Dresback had four points, Darby Nixon three and Ava Petersen and Lisa Pitman two apiece.

Scharlau pulled down six rebounds in the win, with Mae Anderson having five boards and three assists while both Emma Anderson and Dresback contributed four steals each.

Sarah Eagleton led Madrid with eight points, with Macy Gibbons adding six. Five points from Hannah Mertz, four from Shelbi Raymond and two each form Gabby Brunner and Alex Jacobs accounted for the Tiger offense.

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