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Western Basketball Sweeps Spencer

Hull, Iowa — The Western Christian Wolfpack swept a Lakes Conference doubleheader in Hull Friday night. The Western girls got the upset over Class 4A #11 Spencer 55-47, and the Western boys downed Spencer 59-36. Spencer was without star player Karter Petzenhauser due to a concussion.

The Western girls were down early 8-0, but then went on an 8-0 run of their own and outscore the Tigers 17-3 to end the quarter and had a 17-11 lead after the first 8 minutes. Spencer went on an 11-0 run early in the second quarter but the Wolfpack clawed their way back to tie it up at 29-29 heading into halftime. Western went on runs of 6-0 and 7-0 in the third quarter and had a 44-34 lead after three. The Wolfpack would hang on in the fourth and come away with the 55-47 win.

Western got a team high 14 points from Teagan De Jager and Lydia Van Kley. Spencer got a game high 21 points from Jada Piercy and 11 from Allison Piercy. As a team, Western went 21/27 from the free throw line.

With the win, Western improves to 5-10 on the year and 2-5 in the conference. Spencer falls to 10-4 on the season and 5-1 in the Lakes.

The Western boys used a big 3rd quarter to pull away and get the conference win over the Tigers. Western jumped out in front early but Spencer battled back and it was 19-15 Western after 1 quarter. Midway thru the second quarter, the Wolfpack went on a 9-0 run and took a 32-23 lead into the break. A 12-0 run in the third pushed Western in front 48-28 after three and Western went on to win 59-36.

Western got a game high 19 from Ty Van Essen, Eli Van Essen hit for 18, and Wyatt Gulker added 10. Spencer got a team high 13 from Owen Olson and 12 points from Evan Schmidt.

With the win, the Wolfpack improve to 13-1 on the year and 3-1 in the Lakes. Spencer falls to 10-3 on the season and 4-2 in the conference.

Up next the Western girls visit Southwest Minnesota Christian on Monday night. The Western boys are off until next Friday at Cherokee.

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