The Woodward-Granger boys’ basketball team set the tone early in their first West Central Activities Conference match this season.
On the road at Stuart the Hawks’ (2-0, 1-1) first and third quarter scoring output resulted in a convincing 66-39 win over the host, Wildcats (0-1) of West Central Valley, Stuart.
The Hawks posted three players in double figures - two starters and a bench player- who accounted for almost 50 percent of the offense.
Sophomore’s Bryce Achenbach and Kaya Bowlsby led the way with 11 points a piece followed by senior J.P. Nixon’s 10 points.
Achenbach also led the squad in assists with five of the 14 total while Bowlsby tallied a team high four of the 12 steals.
As a team the Hawks finished 26-of-66 including 5-for-16 from three, 9-for-15 from the line, with 33 boards- 17 defensive and 16 offensive (Achenbach and Noah Hoyt - six each), and six blocks.
Defensively the Hawks held their host to 11 points in the first and second while the offense scored 25 in the first and 11 in the second.
Head coach Brent Achenbach loved the effort he saw from his team, who the day before gave up 75 points in their win against Martensdale-St Marys.
“West Central Valley didn’t have a 6 ‘8” post player like Martensdale,” he said.
After the half the Hawks increased their earlier 14 point lead to 29 with an 18-3 run. It was a tight final eight minutes as the home team finally outscored their guests 14-12.
“Kids are playing hard. We still have a lot of work to do,” the head coach said.
Up next the Hawks play their third straight home game to open the season when they travel to Des Moines this Friday for a showdown with conference foe Lions.