Woodward basketball battles Madrid, raises funds for Perry

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The Woodward-Granger girls basketball team spells out "Perry Strong" in support of neighboring district Perry before a basketball game between Woodward-Granger and Madrid on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024. / El equipo de baloncesto femenino Woodward-Granger deletrea "Perry Strong" en apoyo del distrito vecino Perry antes de un partido de baloncesto entre Woodward-Granger y Madrid el martes, 16 de enero de 2024.
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Sean Cordy, Special to the Chief, The Des Moines Register

With the first storm of the week postponing the planned “Blue Out” game against ACGC, Woodward-Granger’s fundraiser supporting the shooting victims at Perry was instead held on Tuesday during the Hawks’ basketball games against Madrid.

WG activities director Molly Charley said that the combined support throughout the Woodward-Granger community helped raise around $10,000 after an extra week was added following the postponement. (Note: Events covered Jan. 8-16)

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Boys Basketball (5-6)

The Hawks had their second meeting with fourth-ranked Madrid (9-2) on Tuesday, and with a 59-46 loss, marked the second time losing to the Tigers by double digits. But for three quarters of the game, it was one of the team’s best showcases.

Considering the first game held a 23-17 score after one quarter, the Hawks trailing 15-4 after eight minutes was uncharacteristic. The rest of the way, it was a virtual stalemate with the Hawks only scoring a two-point advantage — not enough to claw back in, but enough to hold their own with one of the state’s top contenders.

The Hawks had their second meeting with fourth-ranked Madrid (9-2) on Tuesday, and with a 59-46 loss, marked the second time losing to the Tigers by double digits. But for three quarters of the game, it was one of the team’s best showcases.

Considering the first game held a 23-17 score after one quarter, the Hawks trailing 15-4 after eight minutes was uncharacteristic. The rest of the way, it was a virtual stalemate with the Hawks only scoring a two-point advantage — not enough to claw back in, but enough to hold their own with one of the state’s top contenders.

Bryan Jesse was let loose with a team-high 19 points thanks to a hot hand around the arc. He cashed 5-of-8 three-pointers while Austin Taylor worked inside for 11 points. Vinny Sebastian was the team’s top shot-creator with a four assists.

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Girls Basketball (8-3)

With a 56-25 win over Madrid** on Tuesday for their second-largest win spread of the season, the Tigers improved to 8-3 on the season for their best opening 11-game stretch since 2019.

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**Individual stats were not ready at the time of writing.

Boys Wrestling

Set to host the conference’s tournament on Saturday, the Hawks’ plans were postponed due to the blizzard conditions over the weekend. A new date has not been set at this time.

Woodward did, however, meet at ACGC (44-34 loss) for a slice of conference competition on Tuesday night where the Hawks also faced South Central Calhoun (57-0 win) and East Mills (72-0 win).

The win against East Mills was largely through forfeits, as Kinnick Grimm (126 pounds) and Will Atkinson (144) were the only two to actually get on the mat. Both won within 90 seconds. That made Atkinson the only Hawk on the night to go 3-0 and logged his 11th win of the season. He is 11-5 overall after Tuesday.

With one forfeit win holding him back from a 3-0 night, Terrin Lawrenson (165) took care of business in his two showings and is the first Hawks to reach 25 wins this season. He is 25-6 overall. At 24-8, Max Dalton (175) is now 24-8 after also going 2-0 on the night and likely could have also hit his 25th win if not for East Mills’ empty card.

Woodward-Granger’s Terrin Lawrenson (165 pounds) takes on an ADM opponent during a dual meet on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024, at ADM High School.

Girls Wrestling

The girls’ schedule was also disrupted, with their invite to Ankeny being canceled on Friday. WG next suits up for Thursday for an appointment in Boone for a 1:1 match, and two days later will be at Interstate 35 for a tournament.

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