Class 4A third-ranked Perry received an unexpected test from Woodward-Granger, but held on for a 50-39 win on Tuesday.
The visiting Hawks (6-8 overall) had the Jayettes (13-1) frustrated through the most of the game and were it not for a 13-6 scoring edge from Perry in the third quarter may have made the threat of an upset more of a reality.
Perry had a 10-7 lead after one period of play, but four quick points gave W-G their only lead of the game, at 11-10. The Jayettes regained the advantage but could not create any distance on the scoreboard as strong play under the basket and a hustling defense allowed the Hawks to stay within a bucket, at 23-21, at the half.
W-G was its own worst enemy in the fateful third quarter, missing an unofficial five shots under the basket while hitting just 2-of-8 at the free throw line (the Hawks were 3-of-10 at the stripe overall).
Hansen led W-G with 11 points off the bench, with Abby Musser adding eight points and Manning and Abby Hansen five points apiece. Major and Bice had four points apiece, with Annie Webb adding two points to complete the Hawk offense.
Visiting Guthrie Center captured a pair of WCC wins over Woodward-Granger Monday in a WCC set that had been postponed from Jan. 10.
The Tigers were able to escape with a 52-43 win in the girls contest while posting a 48-26 win the boys game.
W-G trailed, 15-11, after one quarter of the opener but remained within striking distance, down 32-27, at the intermission. Unfortunately for the hosts, a low-scoring third quarter went in favor of the guests, who used a 7-2 edge to open a 39-29 gap entering the fourth frame and were able to hold on from there.
Mary Hansen led W-G with 14 points, with Abby Musser adding 10 and Katelynn Major eight. Dalaney Bice accounted for four points and Tori Manning three, with Abby Hansen and Riley Jamison adding two points apiece.
No information from the Hawk boys had been provided as of press time.
DES MOINES CHRISTIAN
Des Moines Christian swept a pair of WCC games from Woodward-Granger Jan. 17, but not without an unexpected tussle in the girls contest.
The Lions raced to 20-6 lead after eight minutes in the opener, but had to hold on down the stretch before pulling out a 45-34 victory.
DMC had no such trouble in the nightcap as the guests opened a 37-18 halftime lead en route to a 72-36 win.
The W-G girls had fallen to DMC, 60-20, on Dec. 6 but played much better in the second meeting of the season between the two conference foes. The Hawks used a 13-6 run in the second quarter to close to within 26-19 at the break, and were within range of the upset, at 32-23, entering the final frame before the Lions pulled away.
Tori Manning led W-G with 10 points, with Mary Hansen and Katelynn Major adding eight points apiece. Dalaney Bice had four points, with two points from Abby Musser and two from Abby Hansen completing the scoring ledger.
DMC shot 25-of-49 in the boys game while holding the hosts to just 11-of-36 from the field in securing a season sweep. The Lions finished with a 33-17 rebounding edge, including pulling in 15 offensive boards for repeated second-chance points.
Nick Squires had seven points to lead W-G. Michael Connor had six points, with Tre Loge, Marshall Nieland and Alex Bodermann tallied five points apiece, with Cole Ashman adding three points and Jake Smiley one.
Keaton Van Soelen scored a game-high 15 points for DMC, with Noah Hart adding 12 and Logan Vander Platts 10. Vander Platts aided the Lion cause with five assists and five steals while Hart and Van Soelen had five rebounds apiece.
W-G visits Van Meter on Friday and Ogden Jan. 28 before entertaining Madrid Jan. 31.