Winfield-Mt. Union sweeps WACO in weekend doubleheader
BY ANDY KRUTSINGER
Mt. Pleasant News
WINFIELD — The Winfield-Mt. Union and WACO basketball teams renewed their rivalry on Saturday evening as the Wolves and Warriors met for the first time since WACO moved from the SEISC North to the SEISC South at the beginning of this school year.
W-MU was victorious in both games, pulling away late for a 47-39 win in the girls’ game and taking the boys’ contest, 54-27.
It was neck-and-neck for the first three quarters of the girls’ game, as the two teams traded the lead at the end of each period.
W-MU led, 16-12, after one quarter of play but WACO won the second quarter, 9-4, to take a 21-20 lead into the locker rooms.
The Wolves battled back to take a 34-32 lead into the final period, where they would hold on for an eight-point win.
Lexee Hartsock had a big game, leading the Wolves with 19 points on 7-11 shooting. She also pulled down five rebounds in the win.
Pearl Krieger-Coble and Karley Schlee had 10 points apiece to give W-MU three double-digit scorers. Kara Wade had four points and six rebounds. Sophie Kongable and Lauren Jamison scored two points each and Jamison added five rebounds.
Kiana Miller led the way for the Warriors. She had 14 points including WACO’s only three-pointer of the day.
Kristen Conelly had nine points in the loss. Kasey Sutton had six. Clara Schmitz finished with five. Nadiyah Brown scored three and Halle Kissell rounded out the WACO scorers with two.
The Wolves dominated the first half in the boys’ contest. W-MU shut WACO down, 19-0, in the first quarter and won the second quarter, 17-6, to take a commanding 36-6 lead into halftime.
WACO won the second half, 21-18, but the game was well out of the Warriors’ reach and the Wolves walked out with a 27-point victory.
B.J. Rodgers hit four three-pointers and finished with 21 points to lead W-MU in the win. Bryce Robison filled the stat sheet with 15 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists, and Cody McCreight scored 10 points to give the Wolves three double-digit scorers.
Jordan Hudson had four points in the win. Brock Fricke and Kaleb Hagge each finished with two.
Colton Horak led the Warriors with 10 points in the loss. Conner Eichelberger and Jacob Fried had five points apiece. Wyatt Harbison scored four points, and Beau Beckler had one.
Both the Wolves and Warriors will host conference doubleheaders on Tuesday, Dec. 20, starting at 6 p.m. W-MU will play Pekin and WACO will square off against West Burlington.