W-MU basketball teams split with Iowa Mennonite
BY BILL GATCHEL
Golden Triangle News Service
KALONA — It was definitely a different of two teams Tuesday as the Winfield-Mt. Union Wolves basketball teams split wins at Iowa Mennonite School. The girls’ team picked up a 47-33 win and the boys’ team fell, 58-28.
The W-MU girls would start off their game with an early trip to the free-throw line by Hannah Mathews. She sunk one of two. IMS would respond with a trey, but Pearl Krieger-Coble would answer back with a basket to tie the game.
Another quick basket from IMS would give them the lead, but that would be the last time they would have it as Krieger-Coble would score back-to-back baskets putting W-MU up by four.
IMS would draw a foul and sink one to put the lead within one, but Krieger-Coble would have three more baskets to extend W-MU’s lead to seven. After an attempt at the basket by IMS, Hannah Mathews would get two points from a steal before Hannah Buffington and Karley Schlee would each score two points putting the Wolves up 19-6 after the first eight-minutes of play.
W-MU would continue its scoring drive in the second quarter as Buffington and Schlee both had a basket before IMS would draw a foul sending them to the line for two successful shots.
Schlee would again score two points, but IMS would try to recover as they would put up four before Mathews would come in and have a bucket of her own. IMS again drew a foul and scored one from the charity stripe putting their deficit at 14.
W-MU would end the half after a bucket from Lauren Jamison and Sophie Kongable putting the score at 31-13.
The scoring drive would continue for W-MU after the break starting off with a Schlee triple and ending with Lexee Hartsock sinking in one from the free-throw line after drawing a foul.
IMS’ Suzanna Yoder was sent to the free-throw line for the next play sinking one and would get her own rebound to score a three-point shot.
W-MU would respond with a 3-pointer of its own from Mathews followed by a basket from Schlee. IMS would put up another five points before time ran out on the third quarter, giving WMU a 44-22 lead.
It was a quiet fourth quarter for W-MU as IMS would start off the final frame with a bucket before fouling Kara Wade, who would sink only one from the line. IMS would score six more points before Hartsock added two while IMS would get the last bucket of the game to end the game at 47-33, with W-MU snapping its nine-game losing streak with the win.
Coach Mitch Wachs said of the victory, “I thought for three quarters we played very well. We played an outstanding game. I thought we got away from it a little bit with quick shots. We can’t take those.
“We have to work the ball and get good shots. When we take the quick shots it leads to runouts and disadvantages defensively and that was the only thing I was disappointed in. We needed the win in the worse way and I thought we came out in the first half and really took care of that.”
One part of getting the win came from Krieger-Coble scoring her game-leading 12 points in the first quarter. Wachs said IMS played in a way the team hadn’t seen in a while which contributed toward that.
“They came out and played ‘man’ which helped us run several good sets because of that,” he said. “The girls were sharp on the man offense, ran good sets, came off screens and fed her the ball down low in which she knocked things out. It was nice to see.”
Krieger-Coble also led the team in rebounds having eight. Mathews had 10 points in the game along with six rebounds, two assists and four steals. Schlee scored nine points, had five assists and one steal.
Hartsock scored five points while having two rebounds and two assists, three steals and one block. Both Kongable and Buffington had four points apiece, Jamison scored two points and having one point in the game was Wade, who also had three rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Throughout the entire game, the girls only scored three points from the free-throw line. Wachs said the girls didn’t have a good percentage when given the chance at the free points.
“I didn’t think we shot the ball from the line very well. It was a pretty physical game, and that’s ok. Normally, we do better from the line, but IMS didn’t either. There weren’t a lot of fouls called. We could have done better than 3-11 but we always like to make more free throws.”
The girls have a 5-13 record and will face Louisa-Muscatine Friday, Jan. 27, beginning at 6 p.m. Wachs said the team is starting to get defensive intensity heading into that game.
“We are getting that intensity all the time. Our rebounding is getting better and we need to continue to work on getting the correct shots. When you get the correct shots, your percentages increase dramatically. That’s what we are working on.”
He adds that game will be a challenge. “Every game we play is a challenge. We got beat by a point a week ago by them. We are playing at home this time and hopefully we can finish it this time.”
In the boys’ game, it was clear from the beginning who would get the win as IMS would make sure they were the victors after a final score of 58-28.
The game would start with a Jordan Hudson triple, but IMS would immediately follow with two 2-pointers to get on the board. Bryce Robison answered back with a double, but IMS would score three three-pointers in a row to build up an eight-point lead.
Robison would score a bucket to chip away at their deficit, but IMS would get a foul and would score twice from the free-throw line before starting a 10-point run. Robison would draw a foul near the end of the quarter and would score one. IMS regained control scoring four more points at the end of the first to have a 29-8 lead.
IMS started the second quarter by adding an additional five points before Robison would score for the Wolves putting up two. Both teams would respond to each other’s points in the second quarter, but IMS would pad their lead by five with the score sitting at 43-18 at the half.
The Wolves started off the third quarter with a five-point run, with two points from Robison followed by a triple from Hudson. IMS and WMU both scored behind each other for the next couple of minutes before IMS would take on a late run in the third putting up five to end the frame ahead 53-25.
It was a running game in the fourth quarter until Robison received a technical foul for hanging on the rim with 4:33 left in the fourth quarter and would sit out the rest of the game.
The only points scored for W-MU came late in the period from a Brock Fricke triple after IMS added another four points and would put up one more at the end to hand the loss to WMU.
Hudson led the team in scoring with 14 points followed by Robison with 11 and Fricke scored three points.
The boys are 6-10 for the season and will take to the court after the girls game against Louisa-Muscatine tonight (Friday).