Western and Spirit Lake Split Conference Basketball Opener

Spirit Lake Iowa — Western Christian opened the Lakes Conference basketball season on the road at Spirit Lake Tuesday night. The girls fell 43-24 with the boys winning their season opener 60-36 over the Indians.

In the girls game Spirit Lake led at all the breaks. They were up 9-4 at the end of the first quarter and 22-12 at half time. At the end of three the lead was 31-20 as the Indians went on to the win 43-24. Emma Loveall led all scorers with 10 points. Western was led by Makenna Kooima with an 8 point night.

With the win the Indians are 2-4 on the season and 1-0 in the conference. Western is 0-2 and 0-1 inĀ  the Lakes Conference.

In the boys game that followed a battle of state ranked teams saw Spirit Lake in front 10-7 in a low scoring first quarter. Western found their offensive rhythm and went on a 20-8 run in the second quarter and took a 26-18 halftime lead. At the end of three the lead was 40-26. The Wolfpack continued to hit on all cylinders in the fourth quarter as they claimed the win 60-36.

Western had two players in double figures with Clay VanTol leading all scorers with 14. His night included four 3-point buckets spread over three quarters. He was joined by Jacob Vis with 10 points on the night. All told 10 of the 14 Wolfpack players in uniform found their way into the score book.

Spirit Lake was led by Kip Hurd who hit for 10 points as the only Indian in double figures. Owen Coburn found himself in foul trouble early and scored 7 points in limited time on the floor before fouling out with 2:17 to play.

Western Christian opens the year at 1-0. Spirit Lake is 2-1 on the season and 0-1 in the Lakes Conference. The Wolfpack return to action on Friday with a trip to Harrisburg South Dakota for a girls-boys double header.

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