WOODWARD — Those attending Friday’s WCAC basketball games between visiting West Central Valley and Woodward-Granger saw two games that could not have been more dissimilar, save in who emerged victorious.
The girls game was a 35-31 win for the Hawks, a scrap in which W-G never trailed, but also never led by more than five points.
The boys game? W-G led, 33-4, after eight minutes, then allowed only five more points the rest of the way in recording an 80-9 win.
W-G (4-1, 3-0) held leads of 8-5 and of 16-14 after each of the first two quarters, then entered the fourth frame with a 24-19 edge en route to the win.
Emma Anderson had 11 points and Darby Nixon 10 for the home team. Seven points from Finley Fitzgerald, four from Katelyn Scharlau, two from Quinn Kaufman and a free throw from Mae Anderson accounted for the remainder of the offense.
Statistical information from the WCV girls (4-2, 2-1) was not available.
If the low-scoring opener were to be described, as W-G girls head coach Gary Dresback did, “an ugly game” he was happy to win, the boys game was ugly in a different fashion.
The Wildcats (1-5, 0-3) scored four points in the first quarter, two in the second, two in the third and one in the fourth. The Hawks (3-1, 2-1), in contrast, busied the scoreboard with quarter totals of 33, 19, 20 and eight, respectively.
W-G head coach Brent Achenbach went to his bench early, with 11 players scoring while all 13 in uniform played.
The hosts hit just 2-of-11 3-pointers and 10-of-16 free throws but finished with 23 assists while making 24 steals.
Bryce Achenbach had 16 points, Kaya Bowlsby 13, Keith Braunschweig 11 and Reese Jamison 11. Pacey Moats contributed eight points and Nick Buch five, with Alex Bice, Dylan Backe and Walker Deputy scoring four points apiece while Jack Grell and Coby Peters both scored two points. Worth Henry and Trevor Simmons played, but did not enter the scoring column.
Achenbach and Jamison had six rebounds apiece, with Achenbach making nine assists and Moats five while Jamison had four thefts.
W-G will finish the first half of the season by hosting Interstate-35 Tuesday and with a visit to Ogden Friday.