By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
PACKWOOD ? The Winfield-Mt. Union basketball teams traveled to Packwood on Tuesday night for a SEISC North Division doubleheader with Pekin. The Wolves went 0-2 on the night, falling 49-32 in the girls? game and 60-38 in the boys? game.
The girls? team struggled offensively, scoring less than 10 points in each of the four quarters.
Pekin was able to jump out to a 15-8 lead after one period and stretch the advantage to 28-17 at halftime. The Panthers continued to pull away in the second half and walked out with a 17-point win.
Lexee Hartsock led the team again with 17 points, four steals and four blocked shots. Allie McArtor scored five points and pulled down a team-leading 15 rebounds. Lauren Jamison had four points and five assists. Karley Schlee scored four points, and Molly Jennings ended with four.
The W-MU boys kept the Pekin lead at single-digits for the majority of the first half, but Pekin slowly pulled away. The Panthers led 15-8 after the first quarter and 25-14 at halftime.
Pekin was able to put the game on ice in the third quarter, scoring 25 points to stretch their lead to 50-27. The Wolves outscored Pekin 11-10 in the fourth quarter, but had to settle for a 12-point road loss.
Every W-MU boy who saw the floor scored in the loss. Jared Arnold led the team with nine points. Cody McCreight, Bryant Holtkamp and Daunte Oepping scored six points apiece.
B.J. Rodgers had five points and dished out a team-leading four assists. Christian Gerot scored four points in the loss, and Mitchell Niebuhr finished the night with two points and a team-leading six rebounds.
The W-MU girls will end 2017 with a 5-5 record. The boys? team goes into the break at 1-8. The two squads will be back at home on Tuesday, Jan. 2, when they host Mediapolis.