A high stakes West Central Activities Conference game ended on the wrong side of the record column for the Hawks boys basketball team.


A win would’ve inched the Woodward-Granger Hawks (9-3, 8-2) closer to a possible WCAC title, but the Bulldogs put a stop to that.


On Friday, Jan. 11 the Hawks took a 30-minute ride into Van Meter to face off against the undefeated and first place Bulldogs (10-0, 10-0).


In the opening quarter, it seemed possible that the Hawks would pull off the “W” as they stayed within striking distance after only being outscored by five points at 13-8.


That all changed in the second when the Hawks’ offense sputtered to only three points while their counterparts upped their lead by 16 with a 14-3 quarter.


The offensive woes continued after the half with the road team adding just another two points, with the host scoring another 11.


In the fourth quarter, the Hawks’ offense began to sink some baskets and managed 16 points, but on the other side, the Bulldogs kept pace with 15. The final score was 53-29.


Earlier in the week, head coach Brent Achenbach mentioned how his team needed to meet the intensity of Van Meter’s play in order to be successful.


“Defensively we weren’t bad,” he said.


But after today he pointed out that if the two teams met in the postseason that his team would need to do a better job on three’s, 2-of-11, along with cleaning up the turnovers, 15.


W-G senior Noah Hoyt was the team’s lone double-digit scorer with 10 points on 5-of-17 shooting. He also led the team in rebounds with seven and had three blocks.


With the loss, the Hawks are now two games behind the Bulldogs in the conference. Both teams have six conference matches left so mathematically they can still win the WCAC.


The quest for that goal starts this upcoming Tuesday, Jan. 15 when they travel to Stuart for a match against the West Central Valley Wildcats.