By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
RIVERSIDE ? Both Winfield-Mt. Union basketball teams put up a good fight in Riverside on Friday night but Highland pulled out both games. The Huskies won the girls? game 43-34 and the boys? game 56-43.
The W-MU girls had to claw back from a rough first quarter. Highland shot out to an 18-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and the Lady Wolves? undefeated record was in jeopardy.
The Wolves outscored the Huskies in the second quarter and trailed 22-13 at halftime. Highland was able to hold on to their nine-point lead at the end of the game, however, and the Wolves lost their first game.
Jenna Buffington scored nine points, dished out four assists and tallied two steals in the loss. Lexee Hartsock scored seven points. Jami Wilkerson had five points and finished with two steals. Pearl Krieger-Coble had four points and 12 rebounds. Karley Schlee had two points and two steals, and Allie McArtor scored one point.
Like the girls, the W-MU boys had to stage a comeback to make things interesting. Highland led 16-12 after the first quarter and 31-16 when the halftime buzzer sounded.
W-MU scored 21 points in the first quarter, their best mark so far this season, and trailed 44-37 after three quarters. The Huskies were able to pull away in the fourth quarter, however, outscoring the Wolves 13-6 in the fourth quarter.
B.J. Rodgers had a huge game. He went 9-14 from the field and 4-7 from three-point land to finish with 27 points. Cody McCreight had eight points, co-led the squad with five rebounds, and led the team with four assists and three steals.
Mitchell Niebuhr had three points and five rebounds in the loss. Christian Gerot had three points, and Jarod Arnold ended with two.
The W-MU girls fell to 3-1 with the loss. The boys dropped to 0-2. Both W-MU teams will host Columbus Community tonight (Tuesday) at 6 p.m.