Orange City, Iowa — Western and Unity split a non-conference double header Thursday night in Orange City. The Unity girls rolled 72-44, while the Western boys found a way to win 60-55 with a clutch fourth quarter.
The Unity Christian girls were in control the whole game and lead at all the breaks. After one it was 16-10 Knights. At the halftime intermission, Unity pulled ahead by twenty, 39-19, and cruised in the second half to come away with the 72-44 win.
The Knights had four players in double figures. Janie Schoonhoven had a game high eighteen, while Corrina Timmermans added seventeen. Jori Bronner added eleven, while Danielle Kroeze put in ten. Western Christian had a team high seventeen from Olivia Granstra.
Unity improves to 9-3 on the year, while Western falls to 6-6 overall.
The Western boys had another game go down to the wire, but came up big late. After one quarter of play Unity had a 13-12 lead. At the break the Knights lead was at 29-22. After three, it was 43-36 in favor of Unity. Western Christian came back in the fourth quarter and hit some big free throws late, while Unity couldn’t get their free throws to fall, and the Wolfpack came away with the 60-55 win.
Western got a game high sixteen from Clay Van Tol, Harry Steele had eleven, and Dawson Feenstra added ten. Unity had two players in double figures. Micah Goslinga had a team high fifteen, and Austin Van Donge had ten.
Western improves to 8-2 on the year, and Unity falls to 8-4 on the season.
Coach Keizer had this to say about the game, “I have a ton of respect for Coach Warner and what he does with his program. I thought they outplayed us in every facet for 3 quarters.
I wasn’t happy with our shot selection throughout the course of the game. We weren’t doing things we talked about leading up to this game and depended too much on the 3-point line.
I thought Harry Steele played a great game for us. He was our floor general tonight, taking care of the ball and really getting deep into the paint on penetration. He not only got to the FT line, but converted 9 out of 10. When he plays with energy, he can really help us.
Overall, proud of the guys for sticking with it after being down 7 after 3 quarters. We kept grinding throughout the 4th quarter, getting some big defensive plays down the stretch. This was a gutsy win for us.”
Up next for the Wolfpack is another road contest as they take on the LeMars Bulldogs Friday night, which will be broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3, your home for Wolfpack basketball. Unity will be at the Pentagon on Saturday. The girls match-up against Harrisburg, while the boys take on St Thomas Moore.