W-MU, New London get back on the court
WINFIELD — The Winfield-Mt. Union girls’ basketball team started strong on its way to a 59-40 win over New London on Saturday.
The W-MU boys also claimed a win over the Tigers, 61-41, in the home doubleheader.
The W-MU teams split their games on Friday, as the girls rallied late for a two-point victory over Iowa Mennonite School, 39-37, and the boys dropped a 60-20 decision to IMS.
Both New London teams fell in their Friday-night games at Burlington Notre Dame: the girls lost by a score of 96-42 to the Class 1A second-ranked Nikes, and the boys went down by a score of 64-34.
In the girls’ game Saturday at W-MU, the Class 1A No. 11 Wolves improved on their first game back from break, Friday’s contest at IMS.
“We didn’t turn it over like it was our job, like we did (Friday),” W-MU Coach Mitch Wachs said. “We shared the ball really well, we defended pretty well.”
The Wolves posted 18 points in the first quarter to claim an 11-point lead after just the first eight minutes.
“We did put them in the bonus in the first quarter — they were calling us tight there, so we switched to zone (defense) without too much trouble,” Wachs said.
The defense focused on preventing the Tigers from getting the ball inside to their biggest scoring threat, Morgan Christner.
“We did a nice job against Christner inside,” Wachs said.
Christner, a post player averaging a team-high 12.9 points per game, was limited to four points against the Wolves.
However, they couldn’t slow her down on the boards, as she finished with 15 rebounds on the night, a team-high. Addie Lounsbury had five boards.
Victoria Noel led New London with 13 points in the game. Sarah Holtkamp and Kenadi Schulte each scored five points.
Noel also dished out three assists, and Christner had two steals.
For the Wolves, Shelby Therme scored 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting, including 4-for-8 from deep.
“Shelby shot the ball well,” Wachs said.
Karlie Wade chipped in 14 points and Emily Mathews added 12.
Therme also had a team-high five rebounds, along with three assists, five steals and six blocks — all team highs.
Three different players had four boards each: Mathews, Nicole Escher and Sam Jamison. Erica Robison had three assists; Logan Hartsock had four thefts.
The Wolves are now 8-1 on the season and 6-1 in the Southeast Iowa Super Conference North Division Conference and the Tigers are 4-4 overall and 3-3 in the SEISC South.
On Friday, W-MU edged IMS in a nail-biter, as the Wolves outscored Iowa Mennonite 12-4 in the fourth quarter to come from behind for the win.
Hartsock had a team-high 12 points, and scored all of them in the second half, including seven points in the last eight minutes.
Mathews had nine points and 10 rebounds; Therme and Hartsock had six boards each. Therme had two assists; Robison had three steals.
In New London’s Friday-night game, Noel scored a team-high 11 points and Frankie Johnson added seven, but the Tigers came up short against their first of two straight ranked opponents coming out of the break.
Christner pulled down seven rebounds in the game and Lounsbury had six. Johnson dished out two assists and Schulte had the team’s only steal.
In boys’ basketball, W-MU and New London took the court in Winfield on Saturday night, and it was the host team that came up with the win.
The Wolves trailed 11-10 at the end of the first quarter as New London’s Mitch Boles hit a 3-pointer and three free throws to help the Tigers to a lead.
But W-MU roared back in the eight minutes before halftime, going into the break up 26-18 after a 12-point run that included back-to-back and-1 layups by Kolt Rossiter and Sam Jennings and a 3-point basket by Max Fricke.
The Wolves never trailed again in the game, outscoring New London 14-8 in the third quarter and 21-15 in the fourth quarter.
Fricke scored a game-high 20 points and Jake Edwards added 12 points for the Wolves.
Garrett Baker scored nine and Bryce Robison added eight.
Baker pulled down 12 rebounds and Edwards grabbed 10 boards to finish with a double-double.
Zach Davis and Robison each dished out four assists; Fricke had five steals; Baker blocked four shots.
Tristan Kadel paced the Tigers with 10 points in Saturday’s game, while Boles and Cameron Watson scored nine points each.
Quincy Porter had six rebounds and the team’s only blocked shot; Jayden Flowers had two assists. Four different Tigers had one theft each.
On Friday night, New London fell to Burlington Notre Dame.
Hunter Moeller scored team-high 14 points for New London on 5-for-6 shooting — including 3-for-3 from deep. He also made his only free throw.
Flowers scored seven points for New London and Porter had seven rebounds. Cameron Watson and Kadel each grabbed four boards.
W-MU also lost its Friday night contest after IMS came out with a 20-point first quarter for an early lead and finished with a 21-point final quarter to seal the game.
Davis scored 11 for the Wolves, while Jennings added eight points and Baker scored seven. Baker also had a team-high nine rebounds and Edwards pulled down four.
Robison and Fricke dished out three assists each.
The Wolves are now 5-3 overall and 4-3 in the SEISC North, and the Tigers are 0-6 and 0-5 in the South Division.
Both teams are scheduled to play tonight (Tuesday).
W-MU hosts Pekin after the girls’ game at 6 p.m., and the New London boys host Maharishi, starting with the JV game at 6 p.m.