Offense sputters as W-G boys fall at Guthrie Center

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The Guthrie Center defense collapses on Nick Squires on this third quarter play during their Jan. 8 meeting.

GUTHRIE CENTER — The Woodward-Granger boys hit just 9-of-49 shots from the floor Tuesday in suffering a 45-33 loss to Guthrie Center in their WCC contest.

While W-G (2-17, 2-15) held Guthrie Center (5-14, 4-14) to only one more point than the Hawks allowed in their first meeting this season, the visitors scored only slightly more than half of the points they posted in a 62-44 win Jan. 8.

W-G hit on just 5-of-21 3-pointers in the game. While those numbers might be able to be overcome, sinking only 4-of-29 (14 percent) was not. The Hawk had outscored the Tigers 16-5 in the second quarter of their first duel this winter, but a 16-5 first quarter posted by the home team in the rematch set an ominous tone in the early going.

Guthrie Center held a 25-12 lead at the half, and while W-G closed to within 30-21 after three frames, they could not complete a comeback.

Sam Courtney led the Tigers with 23 points, with T.J. Wieland scoring 12 points, Cadeyn Wardyn eight and Collin Stowe two. Wieland had 12 rebounds and Wardyn eight, with Courtney and Stowe pulling down six caroms apiece.

Fourteen points from Brady Aunspach paced the Hawks. Nick Squires and Bodie Harrison had six points apiece, with Cameron Hoyt adding three points while Marcus McConahay and Derick Morgan tallied two points apiece. Squires had four assists for the Hawks, with McConahay recording two assists.

W-G will conclude their regular season Friday with a visit from WCC rival Panorama. The game is a rescheduled contest originally postponed from Feb. 2.

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