Western Christian Basketball Escapes Spirit Lake With Close Wins
Tue 1-27-2015 
The Spirit Lake girls started off the game on an 8-0 run before Western Christian answered with a 6-0 run. The teams would trade buckets and then Spirit Lake's Bailee Newman hit a 3 at the buzzer and Spirit Lake led 13-10 after the 1st quarter. Western led 35-25 at half and 44-30 after 3. In the 4th quarter, Spirit Lake started off the quarter on a 12-0 run and got to within 44-42 with 2 minutes to go. The wolfpack did not score until 1:43 left to go in the 4th quarter. Spirit Lake got it to within 3 points at 52-49 with 3 seconds to go and a long pass by Spirit Lake into the front court for a try at a 3 was taken away by HWC and Hull Western Christian held on by the score of 52-49.
Spirit Lake was led by Emma Dau with 23 points and Bailee Newman with 17. Western Christian had 17 points from Jamie Gesink. The Indians fall to 10-5 and host Emmetsburg Thursday on KUOO. The Wolfpack improve to 14-2 and will host Emmetsburg on Friday.
A back and forth game in the boys game had Western Christian coming out on top 61-57. The wolfpack led 15-11 after the 1st quarter and 31-26 at half. Spirit Lake outscored them 13-11 in the 3rd to trail 42-39 but HWC would hit 5-6 free throws in the end to seal the 61-57 victory.
Spirit Lake was led by Ryan Kriener with 19 points, Billy Brown with 16 and Alex Prignitz with 15. The indians fall to 12-2 and 7-2 in the lakes conference. Western Christian improves to 13-2 and 8-2 in the conference. They were led last night by Josh Van Lingen with 17 points.