It wasn’t the ending the Woodward-Granger boys’ basketball team hoped for as their successful 2017-2018 campaign ended on Monday Night in Harlan.
At the Feb. 26, Class 2A Substate 8 final, the Hawks (15-10) saw their season come to a close in an 81-50 loss against the top-ranked Treynor Cardinals (24-0).
It’s been 25 years since the Hawks garnered 15 wins in one season. Last season’s 9-win team were bounced in the first round of postseason play.
In the loss W-G’s Keith Braunschweig led his squad with 26 points on 9-for-18 shooting from the floor including 2-for-5 on 3-pointers. He also accounted for three of the team’s six steals.
The Hawks fell behind early in the first quarter when the offense was held to just nine points while the Cardinals scored 21.
It was much of the same before the half when the Cardinals once again surpassed the 20 point mark with 24 with the Hawks adding 14.
After the half the Hawks faced a Cardinals team that would not let up as they finished up the third on a 24-11 run.
The final eight minutes of the season for W-G saw the Hawks finally outscore the Cardinals 16-12.
As a team the Hawks finished 12-of-29 from the field, 4-of-11 from beyond the arc, and 14-of-19 from the charity stripe.
Only six other players contributed points. Sophomores Kaya Bowlsby (7) and Reese Jamison (6). Junior Noah Hoyt (5), and seniors J.P. Nixon, Brendan Bird, and Cole Theisen combined for six points.
They pulled down 13 rebounds - eight defensive, five offensive, with 10 assists (Bryce Achenbach- 4) and one block from Braunschweig.
Even though the squad was bounced out of state contention and some seniors are off to new adventures, the future is bright, according to head coach Brent Achenbach.
“We are going to miss our three seniors,” he said. “The group we have returning has a chance to really make another jump next year. This group has put in some gym time to get better. Has potential to do a lot of great things.”