By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
WINFIELD ? From start to finish, the Winfield-Mt. Union girls? basketball team dominated on Tuesday night.
The Wolves scored the first 11 points of the game and never looked back in a 48-15 clubbing of Lone Tree.
The W-MU energy was on display in the first quarter. The Wolves pulled down a flurry of offensive rebounds, and rattled Lone Tree on defense to jump out to a double-digit lead before the Lions could even score. Freshman Jenna Buffington scored six early points and W-MU put up the first 11 points of the game. After the Lions finally scored with less than two minutes remaining, Karley Schlee hit three free throws in the final minute to give the Wolves a 14-2 advantage after one period.
The Wolves never relinquished their double-digit lead. Lexee Hartsock scored nine points in the third quarter and W-MU held a commanding 27-10 lead at the half.
The W-MU offense stalled a bit in the third quarter, but the Wolves still outscored the Lions 7-3, and held a 34-13 lead after three periods.
Four quick points from Buffington kicked off the fourth quarter as the Wolves continued to dominate, eventually working the lead up to 33 points before the final buzzer sounded.
?I thought in a lot of respects it looked like a first night, but at the same time I thought we were able to impose our will a little inside (and) I think that?s where our strength is,? head coach Mitch Wachs said after the game. ?I thought we did a nice job of getting Lexee the ball, and I thought Jenna did some nice things.?
Wachs also talked about the W-MU freshman class and what they bring to the team this season. Buffington, Kyndal Townsley, Jami Wilkerson and Kayla Edwards all saw time in Tuesday?s win.
?I?m thrilled with what that class is bringing to our practices, all 10 of them,? Wachs said. ?They?ve got a nice sized class. They?re coachable, (and) they bring some speed and some things that really help us out.?
Hartsock led the team with 16 points, three steals and nine rebounds in the win. She also finished the game with two assists and one block. Buffington added 13 points, five rebounds, a steal and an assist.
Pearl Krieger-Coble had six point, three rebounds, an assist and a steal in the win. Schlee finished with four points, three rebounds, two steals and two assists. Wilkerson had three points, two rebounds and two steals.
Allie McArtor had two points and three rebounds. Molly Jennings had two points, a rebound, an assist, a steal and a block. Liana Sweezer scored two points. Edwards finished with two rebounds. Lauren Jamison had one rebound and one assist, and Townsley finished with one assist and one steal.
The Wolves moved to 1-0 with the win. They will take on West Liberty on Saturday, Nov. 25, at 3:30 p.m.