For the second time this season the Woodward-Granger (5-8, 3-8) boys’ basketball team were jousted by the Woodward Academy Knights (6-5-, 6-5) in a close 65-62 basketball game.
From the opening minute the contest played out like a battle on the field of Camelot. Both teams attempting to outduel the other with the Knights streaking ahead 19-13 after one quarter.
In the second quarter, the home Hawks valiantly fought back and reduced their six point deficit to just four with a 17-15 run.
After halftime, the team’s parallel performances caused the score to stay at within four points as both teams scored 15.
In the final eight minutes the Hawks once again managed a 17-point quarter only to have their guest add 16 points, which maintained a three-point lead and the victory.
Marcus McConahy, Hawks senior, once again led the team in points with 19 on 9-for-15 shooting including 1-for-2 from three with seven rebounds - four defensive and three offensive.
The Hawks finished the contest shooting 47 percent from the floor, 38 percent from three, 50 percent from the line.
They pulled down 25 rebounds - 17 defensive and eight offensive, had 16 assists (McConahay five and Bryce Achenbach five), 13 steals (Reese Jamison four) and one block.
Lions’ second quarter subdues Hawks
A tie ball game after one quarter turned ugly in the second quarter for the Woodward-Granger Hawks (5-7, 3-7) boys’ basketball team when they were outscored by 16 points in the 90-57 loss.
On Friday the Hawks had the difficult task of slowing down the one-loss conference rivals the Des Moines Christian Lions (10-1, 9-1).
For the first eight minutes it the Hawks stayed shot-for-shot with their Urbandale opponents. After one the teams were knotted at 12-12.
In the second quarter the Hawks could do nothing more than watch the Lions’ offensive efficiency take over with 25 points while the Hawks’ offense staggered for only nine points.
After the half, the host’s offense came alive with 18 points but the defense could not hold their visitors as the Lions scored 29.
It was much of the same in the final eight minutes. Once again the Hawks managed a solid 18-point quarter but were outscored by six, at 24 points.
As a team the Hawks shot 48 percent from the floor, led by senior Marcus McConahay’s 5-for-11 night including 1-for-1 from three. The team shot an inefficient 20 percent from three.
The team finished with 30 rebounds - 22 defensive and eight offensive and 10 assists. McConahay led the Hawks with nine boards while Bryce Achenbach, Hawks freshman, finished with a team high seven assists.
Achenbach and Bodie Harrison, Hawks senior, finished with three steals a piece of the team’s eight.