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Western Basketball Splits With Mustangs

Hull, Iowa — Western Christian split a non-conference matchup Tuesday night in Hull with Newell-Fonda. The girls game went to the Mustangs 77-44, and the Western boys won 72-53.

The Western Christian girls basketball team played their home opener Tuesday against the 3 time defending 1A state champions Newell-Fonda. The Mustangs showed why they are the #1 ranked team in 1A early on in the game. Their full court press proved to be too much to handle for the Wolfpack who struggled offensively through much of the first half. This allowed the Mustangs to lead by 33 going into the halftime break. In the second half of the game Newell-Fonda called off the full court press because of their sizable lead. This allowed the Wolfpack to have more success scoring the basketball led by Claire Bleeker who had 18 points. However she was matched by Mary Walker for the Mustangs who also had 18 and the Mustangs took the game by a final score of 74-44.

With the win, Newell-Fonda improves to 2-0 on the year, Western falls to 0-2.

The defending 2A state boys basketball team continued where they left off in their home and season opener. Western started off slow, but went on a 7-0 run at the end of the first quarter and took a 15-12 lead into the second. Wyatt Gulker then went off for 11 second quarter points and pushed Western to a 37-19 lead heading into intermission. Western maintained a sizeable lead the rest of the way, 58-42 after three, and went on to win 72-53.

Western had two players in double figures. Gulker and Ty Van Essen each had 20 points. Newell-Fonda had a game high 21 from Carter Sievers.

With the win, Western Christian improves to 1-0 on the season, Newell-Fonda falls to 0-1.

Up next for Western Christian is a non-conference contest against West Sioux in Hull on Thursday night.

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