W-MU girls’ basketball bests Lone TreeWolves fall to Class 1A third-ranked Lions in boys’ game on senior parents’ night
WINFIELD — After a slow first half, the Winfield-Mt. Union girls’ basketball team turned up the intensity to take a win in their senior parents’ night game against Lone Tree, 48-38.
The W-MU boys’ team also had a slow start, but this time the Wolves couldn’t recover, falling to the Class 1A No. 3 Lions by a score of 82-46 in their Southeast Iowa Super Conference North Division matchup.
In the girls’ game, the Wolves (14-4 overall, 13-3 SEISC North) went into halftime down, 20-18.
“We just didn’t look snappy like our normal team, even in warmups,” Coach Mitch Wachs said. “We as coaches could see it, but they (the players) weren’t seeing it; at halftime, I told them they were going to have to play with more urgency.”
The Wolves would also have to figure out a way around a Lone Tree team that was using its size advantage to stay ahead.
“They were working hard to shut down our whole inside game, and they’ve got the size to do it,” Wachs said. “They’d collapse on us every time we went inside, trying to make us take an outside shot.
“We played weak in the post in the first half, and our girls are not weak, so I challenged them on that, and they had a much better second half.”
The second half saw a quicker, more energetic W-MU team. They were driving to the basket to divert attention away from post players, freeing them up to take shots down low.
They also had some help from Shelby Therme’s outside shooting, including a pair of 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter.
“Shelby Therme had her best game of the year,” Wachs said. “Her passing was great — she had a couple key passes in the fourth — and her shooting really helped us.”
Therme gave a lot of credit to Wachs’ halftime talk.
“We were not playing good defense, and he (Wachs) told us we needed to talk more on the court. We did that in the second half, and it really helped,” Therme said. “He also wanted us to attack the basket and get some more people open.”
Therme finished with 18 points on the night, and Cassie Kingery added 15. Alicia Escher scored nine.
Escher led the team in rebounding with 11 and also dished three assists. Kingery had five steals.
In the boys’ game, W-MU (3-11 overall, 2-11 SEISC North) went down 13-0 to start the game before Max Fricke’s and-1 layup put the Wolves on the board.
Klayton Booth scored on an assist from Zach Davis to end the second quarter, but W-MU went into halftime down, 58-31.
The Wolves couldn’t do much more in the second half against the tough Lone Tree team. Fricke finished the game with 14 points and Jake Edwards chipped in 11.
The Wolves will play at Iowa Mennonite School in Kalona on Friday in another pair of SEISC North games.
The girls’ game starts at 6 p.m., followed by the boys’ game.