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W-MU girls knock off West Liberty, move to 2-0

Nov 27, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Lauren Jamison takes a three-pointer in front of the Winfield-Mt. Union student section on Saturday evening.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


WINFIELD — Game two was a little tighter for the Winfield-Mt. Union girls’ basketball team but, much like the season opener, it ended with the Wolves running away with a double-digit win.

After topping Lone Tree 48-15 in the season opener last week, W-MU doubled their win total this season with a 65-49 victory against West Liberty on Saturday evening.

The Wolves had to battle back from a first quarter deficit. West Liberty guards Macy Akers and Haylee Lehman put on the pressure early and gave the Wolves a wakeup call in the opening period.

Pearl Krieger-Coble scored eight points in the first eight minutes, but the Wolves trailed 19-15 at the end of the period, and it looked like a high-scoring battle was underway.

The W-MU defense stepped up big time in the second quarter. The hot shooting West Liberty guards were bothered all quarter. Krieger-Coble scored six more points to run her first-half point total to 14 and Lauren Jamison added five points in the quarter. When the halftime buzzer sounded, the Wolves were in control, leading 38-24.

West Liberty outscored W-MU 12-8 in the third quarter to cut the lead. Jenna Buffington scored her first five points of the game and Lexee Hartsock added three points of her own in the period, but the Wolves’ lead was down to 10 points at 65-49.

West Liberty was able to cut the lead down to single digits early in the fourth quarter, but they didn’t have enogh to stop a W-MU team that flirted with another 20-point quarter. The Wolves won the period 19-13 and walked out with a 16-point win.

After the game, Coach Mitch Wachs said while the team made a few mistakes, especially turning the ball over, they showed resilience in pulling out the win.

“You’ve got to live with mistakes (and the) growing pains,” Wachs said. “You’ve got to let them grow up a little bit, and if they can provide good things while they’re learning, then that’s a real positive for us. I thought everybody that played tonight did something well.”

Wachs also pointed out the offensive potential the Wolves have this season. The 65-point total was the most points the W-MU girls have scored since the 2006-07 season.

“Usually when we turn it over that many times, we’re like at 28 or 30 points,” Wachs said. “I think that’s the difference with this year’s ball club.”

Krieger-Coble finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Wolves. Hartsock had 14 points and six rebounds. Buffington scored nine points pulled down nine rebounds.

Jamison filled up the stat sheet with seven points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists. Karley Schlee had seven points and three assists. Liana Sweezer scored six pionts and Jami Wilkerson had four. Allie McArtor didn’t score in the game, but pulled down four rebounds and led the team with four assistts, and Molly Jennings added three assists of her own.

W-MU will put their 2-0 record up against Wapello in their third-straight home game on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The Lady Wolves will tip off at 6 p.m., with the boys’ opener following.

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