By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
WAYLAND ? The WACO and Winfield-Mt. Union basketball teams wrote another chapter in their rivalry on Friday night, and this one went down as a double winner for the Warriors.
WACO got out to an early lead and hung on for a 43-40 victory in the girls? game. The Warrior boys used a big second half to pull away with a 54-36 in the boys? game.
The girls were up first and an 18-11 first quarter for the Warriors set the tone for the rest of the night. WACO stretched their lead to nine points before halftime, and the Warriors led 28-19, thanks in part to two three-pointers from Ashleigh Hallett, who led the Warriors with eight at the break. Lexee Hartsock had nine points to lead W-MU.
Hartsock continued to lead the way as W-MU crept back within six points in the third quarter. WACO led 34-27 after three periods, but the Wolves were grinding away with an inside attack.
W-MU continued to cut the WACO lead in the fourth quarter, but they could never take over the lead, and the Warriors picked up a big win.
Aubri Garnsey scored seven points in the second half to lead WACO with 12. She also dished out a team-leading four assists. Hallett ended the night with eight points. Kristen Conelly had seven points and four rebounds. Clara Schmitz scored six points. Kiana Miller had five points and four rebounds. Laney Graber had three points, and Nadiyah Brown finished with two points and four rebounds.
Hartsock finished with 17 points to lead the Wolves. Jenna Buffington had seven points and a team-leading 14 rebounds. Allie McArtor finished wish seven points and 11 rebounds, and Karley Schlee had seven points of her own.
Molly Jennings scored two points in the loss. Lauren Jamison didn?t score in the game, but dished out three assists to lead W-MU.
It was back-and-forth throughout the first half of the boys? game. The contest stayed within five points all throughout the first half, with WACO leading 16-15 after the first quarter and W-MU tying it up at 22-22 before halftime.
The Wolves hit four three-pointers in the first half but connected with just one in the final two periods. That allowed WACO enough time to find their offensive groove on the inside.
Nik Coble exploded for 13 second-half points, and WACO outscored W-MU 15-7 in the third quarter, and 17-7 in the fourth quarter, to run away with the win.
Coble had a monster game, scoring 17 points, pulling down 13 rebounds and blocking three shots. Matthew Leichty and Calvin Battle had 10 points apiece to give the Warriors three double-digit scorers.
Jacob Freed scored six points in the win. Drew Kissell had four. Gabe Reichenbach scored three. Colton Horak filled up the stat sheet with two points, six assists, six steals and three blocks, and Conner Eichelberger rounded out the scoring effort with two points.
B.J. Rodgers led the way for W-MU, scoring 11 points and dishing out four assists. Christian Gerot scored eight points. Cody McCreight had five points and two blocks. Jared Arnold scored five points. Mitchell Niebuhr finished the night with four points, and Daunte Oepping had three points and eight rebounds.