By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
It was tough sledding on a cold winter Tuesday night for the Winfield-Mt. Union girls? basketball team, who hosted undefeated Mediapolis, the eighth-ranked team in Class 3A.
The Wolves were playing without two starters, Pearl Krieger-Coble and Jenna Buffington, and the short-handed W-MU team fell 65-37.
W-MU got off to a hot start and led for most of the first quarter, thanks in part to a five-point period from Lexee Hartsock. Mediapolis took the lead in the final couple of minutes and held a 12-9 lead after one quarter.
The Bullette press was able to force a few turnovers in the second quarter, and W-MU was unable to get the ball into the post. That led to a huge third quarter for Mediapolis, who dropped 31 points in the period and entered halftime with a 43-20 advantage.
The Wolves were able to stick with Mediapolis better in the second half, although the damage had already been done. Allie McCartor, who had to step into the starting lineup because of injuries, was extremely active down low in the final two periods and scored nine points.
After the game, Coach Mitch Wachs praised his senior post, saying she has stepped up after the injuries to the two W-MU starters.
?I thought Allie McCartor, in the last three games, has just done a fantasic job for us,? Wachs said. ?Tonight I thought she did a wonderful job again. She has done the job of bringing the motor for us. She attacked, she played defense, she rebounded. She did a lot of great things for us.?
McCartor finished the game with 11 points and 16 rebounds, both of which led the team. Hartsock flirted with a double-double as well but finished one point short at nine points and 10 rebounds. Hartsock did lead the team in steals, with three.
Karrley Schlee scored five points in the loss. Jami Wilkerson and Lauren Jamison scored four points apiece. The bench was led by Kayla Edwards and Kyndal Townsley, which each scored two points.
Coach Wachs says the team is still trying to come back from their two key injuries and says the team will need to re-learn what their identity is.
?It?s been a challenge for us,? Wachs says. ?We?ve got to figure out where we fit in role wise. Those are two pretty big pieces of the puzzle that we took out of there...about 20 points a game and 20 rebounds a game we lost.?
Both the W-MU boys and girls will have two straight games on Friday, Jan. 5, and Saturday, Jan. 6. W-MU will travel to Lone Tree on Friday at 6 p.m., and host New London on Saturday at 2 p.m. The girls will play first on both days.