W-MU boys win another overtime game, girls fall to Pekin
BY ANDY KRUTSINGER
Mt. Pleasant News
WINFIELD — After starting the season 1-4, the Winfield-Mt. Union boys are now at a comfortable 4-4 heading into break, following their third straight win.
The Wolves won their second overtime game of the year, defeating Pekin, 71-66, on Tuesday night. The girls lost to the Panthers, 55-32.
The boys’ team struggled defensively to start the game and trailed, 18-10 after the first quarter. They battled back in the second, however, to cut the Pekin lead to 27-26 at halftime.
After splitting the third quarter, 12-12, the Wolves were able to force overtime in a high-scoring fourth quarter and it was 62-62 at the end of regulation.
The Wolves were able to pull away from Pekin in the second, reminiscent of one week prior when they pulled off the overtime win over Iowa Mennonite. When the dust cleared, the Wolves held on for a five-point victory.
Bryce Robison had a huge game for the Wolves with one of the best statlines of any player in the area this season. He led the team in four categories, scoring 26 points, pulling down 20 rebounds and finishing with six assists and three blocks. He also added one steal to his day.
Cody McCreight had a great night inside as well, finishing with 20 points and 11 rebounds. B.J. Rodgers hit four three-pointers and scored 17 points. Jordan Hudson had five points and led the team with three steals, and Brock Fricke finished with three points and five assists.
The girls’ team trailed just 12-11 after one quarter, but a rough second quarter led to their demise. The Panthers outscored the Wolves, 12-1, in the second period and led 24-12 at halftime.
W-MU was outscored, 31-20, in the second half and Pekin walked out with a comfortable 23-point win.
Lexee Hartsock had 11 points and six rebounds to lead the W-MU girls. Karley Schlee had nine points. Pearl Krieger-Coble scored four. Hannah Mathews scored three points and had five steals. Allie McArtor had three points of her own and Sophie Kongable finished with two.
The W-MU boys sit at 4-4 going into winter break. The girls fell to 4-5. The two teams will be in Mediapolis on Tuesday, Jan. 3, for their next doubleheader. The girls will tip things off at 6 p.m., with the boys following.