The Woodward-Granger girls cagers pulled their record to 10-10 overall and 7-8 in WCC play with a 55-41 win over Guthrie Center Tuesdaywhile the Hawk boys saw a golden chance for their first win of the season slip away in the final seconds in a heartbreaking 39-38 setback.
Mary Hansen had 14 points for W-G, with Dalaney Bice adding nine points while Abby Hansen, Katelynn Major and Tori Manning had eight points apiece.
Abby Musser finished with eight assists, three steals and three rebounds.
The W-G boys led, 13-9, after one frame and 21-15 at the half. The owned a 34-27 advantage entering the final eight minutes but suddenly went dormant on offense as the Tigers rallied.
A foul sent the hosts to the charity stripe with seven seconds remaining and the score tied at 38-all. The first free throw was off but the second went in for a 39-38 Tiger lead. The Hawks raced up the court as time ticked away but were unable to hit the winning shot.
Nick Squires hit three 3-pointers and led W-G with 17 points, with Alex Bodermann and Tre Loge adding eight points apiece.
Loge pulled down eight rebounds and had three assists and three steals, with Smiley making five assists while Canova blocked three shots.
Visiting Earlham and Woodward-Granger split a pair of West Central Conference contests on the hardwood last Friday, with the host Hawks winning the girls game, 59-51, while the Cardinals were 57-36 winners in the boys tilt.
The girls battle was tied at 10-all after one frame, with W-G holding a 28-22 lead at the half. Earlham stormed to a 45-39 edge with a strong 23-11 burst in the third quarter, but the hosts mounted an impressive 20-6 rally over the final eight minutes to surge back into the lead and grab the win.
Major was 10-for-10 at the foul line while scoring a game-high 26 points for the Hawks, with Mary Hansen 6-of-8 at the stripe as part of her 14 points. Musser added 10 points. Abby Hansen had 10 rebounds and blocked two shots and Musser distributed six assists to aid the cause.
The Hawk boys found themselves facing a 24-16 deficit at the break, but any thoughts of tightening the game vanished when a 19-11 run from the Cardinals gave the guests a 43-27 lead after three periods.
Bodermann had 11 points and six rebounds for W-G.
Grandview Park Baptist
A strong start helped propel the W-G girls to a 54-39 win over Grandview Park Baptist Feb. 6, with the visiting Defenders using a strong second half to score a 55-43 victory over the Hawks in the boys contest.
W-G sped to an 11-5 first quarter lead in the opening game and widened their margin to 26-11 at the halftime break. An 18-12 edge in the third frame pushed the score to 44-23 and the hosts cruised from there.
The Hawks finished with a 33-24 rebounding edge and posted a crucial 18-6 advantage in steals, with Musser making four thefts to lead six W-G players making at least two steals apiece.
Four Hawks scored in double-digits, with Mary Hansen scoring 13 points, Manning 12 and Major and Abby Hansen 10 apiece. Musser provided five points, with Bice and Kendra Husmann adding one basket each.
Abby Hansen pulled down seven rebounds and Major six, with Musser corralling six caroms and providing seven assists.
W-G held a 12-7 lead after eight minutes in the boys game and had a 25-23 edge at the half, only to see GPB post scoring edges of 16-9 in each of the second-half quarters to pull away for the win.
Squires and Bodermann had 12 points apiece for W-G. Squires and Loge had six rebounds apiece.