Manawa and Weyauwega-Fremont boys and girls met on the hard court Friday, Jan. 20 in Manawa as part of “Rock the Gym Night.”
The Indians swept both games. The W-F boys went home with a 61-43 victory, while the Lady Indians showed why they’re a conference contender as they easily defeated the Lady Wolves 63-30.
The W-F boys jumped out to an 8-2 lead as junior Bryce Behn scored six of the team’s points. Senior Ken Dearth sparked the Wolves with two baskets during an 8-2 run to tie the game at 10-10 with 1:47 left in the first quarter.
Aided by cold shooting and turnovers, the Indians reeled of a 15-2 run that carried into the second quarter. Behn’s three-pointers capped the run and forced second year head coach Joe Isham to call a timeout. Baskets by Austin Peterson and Ken Dearth ended the Wega run. Manawa slowly chipped away at Wega’s lead to pull within nine points with 2:17 left in the first half.
Wega opened the second half with a 9-0 run that ended any threat of a comeback as senior Calvin Swanson’s three-pointer capped the run. With 6:48 left in the third quarter Wega held a commanding 38-18 lead.
Senior Kyler Heimbruch’s basket finally put Manawa on the board in the second half. The rest of the second half was even.
Tanner Ross and Wes Alix led the Indians with 13 points, while Behn added 12 points.
Dearth, Peterson and Wes Krause all had eight points for Manawa.
The Lady Wolves basketball team ran into a buzz saw as Weyauwega-Fremont, picked as one of top three teams in the conference, used multiple defenses to force 24 turnovers and sealed the game with an 18-5 advantage in the third quarter.
The Lady Indians led from start to finish as they opened the game with a 3-0 advantage before Kali Draeger’s basket put the Lady Wolves on the board and within one point at 3-2 with 5:28 left in the first quarter. Four turnovers were converted into points as Jeni Hellweg sparked the Lady Indians to a 12-4 run and a 15-6 lead after one quarter of play.
Twice Manawa pulled to within seven points with the final time coming when senior Katrina Wilz scored a basket with 6:08 left in the first half. Mariah Hulbert’s three-pointer sparked a 9-3 Wega run and forced coach Jeremy Hanson to call time out with the Lady Wolves trailing 22-10.
A frigid third quarter for Manawa shooters and Hellweg’s six points paved the way for a huge third quarter for the Indians. Using a 1-3-1 half-court trap mixed in with a full court press defense the Indains opened up a 48-21 lead after three quarters of play.
Hellweg finished the game with 16 points and Hulbert chipped in with 12. Draeger was the leading scorer for Manawa with 9.