Hawk hoopsters defend home floor against Chargers

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Senior cagers and cheerleaders were honored Tuesday by host Woodward-Granger between WCAC games with AC/GC. Photo courtesy W-G schools.

WOODWARD — Senior Night was celebrated at Woodward-Granger Tuesday, with the hosts capturing a pair of WCAC wins over AC/GC.

The Hawk girls (10-11, 6-9) pulled away in the final minutes with strong shooting from the foul line for a 46-36 win over the Chargers (9-12, 6-9), with W-G (15-4, 13-3) using some long-range accuracy to fuel a 72-32 win over AC/GC (5-15, 2-13) in the nightcap.

W-G reached double-digit in wins for the first time in four seasons with their victory. The hosts led, 21-14, at the intermission and owned a 30-24 lead entering the fourth quarter.

AC/GC closed to within 30-26 with six minutes to play and were within 40-36 with three minutes remaining, but W-G scored the last six points of the game to seal the win.

W-G was 20-of-30 at the free throw line while AC/GC was 14-of-20. The Hawks sank 13-of-20 from the stripe in the second half, with Emma Anderson (12-of-15) and Kayley Dresback (4-of-5) combining for 16-of-20 shooting down the stretch to cement the victory.

Chloe Largent did her part for the guests, scoring 14 of her 16 points after the intermission, a stretch in which she was 8-of-11 at the line.

Anderson led all scorers with 22 points, with Dresback adding 14, Natalie Helbling seven and Katelyn Scharlau three.

Jorga Hoover had seven points for AC/GC, with Kennedy Young adding four points and Jadeyn Carrick three, with Sierra O’Brien, Kylie Young and Genevieve Hoover two points apiece. Largent had nine rebounds, four steals and three blocks, with Carrick and Genevieve Hoover pulling in six boards apiece.

W-G sped to an 18-8 lead after eight minutes of play in the boys game, with the halftime score standing at 37-16. A 21-7 third quarter pushed the Hawks into a 58-23 advantage with one frame remaining.

The Hawks finished 9-of-11 from the foul line while sinking 9-of-14 3-pointers. Junior Keith Braunschweig remained red-hot from long range, burying 5-of-5 beyond arc. He has hit his last eight 3-pointers, and his gunnery fed a team-high 22 point effort.

Noah Hoyt had 19 points and Bryce Achenbach 12, with Alex Bice adding nine points, Nick Buch four, with Kaya Bowlsby and Dylan Backe three points apiece. Achenbach had eight rebounds and four assists, Hoyt distributed four assists and Buch had five boards.

No statistics were available from the AC/GC boys.

W-G was a 32-30 winner in the Jan. 4 girls game between the two, with the Hawks winning, 68-48, in the first meeting.

Dresback and Lisa Pitman were honored as the two seniors on the girls squad, with Hoyt and Sam Peterson the two boys squad seniors.

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