An early three-point first quarter lead proved insufficient for the host Woodward-Granger boys’ basketball team as they fell at home 64-48 to the Earlham Cardinals (11-9, 10-7).
The Feb. 2, West Central Activities Conference loss made it a season sweep for the Cardinals and dropped the Hawks (10-9, 8-9) a game under .500 in the conference.
Those in attendance at Woodward as well as the home team might have felt good about their chances of recording the win after the Hawks’ offense opened up the game on a 21-18 run.
The offensive scoring took a complete 180 degree turn for both teams in the second when the two teams combined for 17 points - Cardinals 11 and Hawks six.
Faced with a two point deficit at halftime the host came out strong in the third with 14 points but their defense allowed 20.
The final eight minutes saw the Hawks unable to trim down the deficit with the offense only scoring seven points while watching the Cardinals add 15.
W-G sophomores Bryce Achenbach and Keith Braunschweig both finished the game with 13 points.
Achenbach converted six of his nine attempts but missed on all five of his three pointers. He also led the team in assists with five of the 11, and pulled down a team leading 10 rebounds.
Braunschweig finished his night 5-for-11 from the floor including missing on his only three point attempt. He was 3-for-5 at the line and had two rebounds.
The team finished 15-for-31 from the field, 4-for-16 on 3s, and 6-for-8 from the line. They tallied 25 rebounds - 16 defensive and nine offensive, with four steals and three blocks.
The Hawks will look to get back to .500 in the WCAC when they travel to Guthrie to take on the AC/GC Chargers on Fen. 6. The win will solidify a season sweep for the Hawks.