Last night the Woodward-Granger girls basketball team suffered their first loss of 2019, and at the same time saw their three-game winning streak snapped.
“We’re not down about our winning streak being snapped, we don’t look at it that way,” head coach Gary Dresback said.
Despite not being able to capture their fourth win in a row and fifth in their last six games, the Hawks (5-8, 3-6) felt good about the fight they put up against West Central Activities Conference leaders and undefeated team, the Panorama Panthers (11-0, 8-0) on Tuesday, Jan. 8.
“Panorama is obviously a really good team and tough to play against,” Dresback said. “Defensively we did the job, holding them to 44 (points). That’s their lowest total of the season.”
At home, W-G played a strong defensive game from start to finish. They held a high scoring offense to just 10 points in the first. That defensive presence continued throughout the contest with the Panthers scoring 13, 7 and 14.
If you look at the stat sheet, the Panthers have been held under 40 points just four times this season with the Hawks accounting for two of them, according to Dresback. They were happy with the effort, he added, especially on the defensive end.
On the other side of the court, the Hawks couldn’t get their offense consistently scoring. In the first, they managed to tie the Panthers with 10 points, but then the offense sputtered the rest of the way. The Hawks finished the final three quarters for a combined 13 points, 5, 2 and 6.
“We obviously need to continue to improve offensively,” Dresback said. “When we attack the rim and do so under control good things happen. We just need to find ways to do this more consistently.
Freshman Emma Anderson led the Hawks squad with 8 points, followed by juniors Katelyn Scharalu with 5, Mae Anderson with 4 and Quinn Kaufman with 3. Senior Kayley Dresback scored 2 and Lisa Pitman had 1.
On Friday, Jan. 11, the Hawks take their defensive prowess to Van Meter to face off against the third-place Bulldogs.