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Sylvan-Lucas Sweeps Wilson

Sylvan-Lucas High SchoolGirls: Sylvan-Lucas 61, Wilson 49
Boys: Sylvan-Lucas 55 Wilson 37

WILSON-Kaleigh Hanzlick scored 28 points to lead all scorers but the effort was not enough to overcome depth issues as the Sylvan-Lucas Lady Mustangs defeated Wilson 61-49 on Hall of Fame night Friday.

The Lady Mustangs took control early, jumping out to a 10-0 lead on their way to an 18-9 advantage after the game's first eight minutes.  With Hanzlick knocking down shots with some frequency, the Lady Dragons battled back and cut the deficit to six points on a couple of occasions before Sylvan-Lucas went into halftime with a 31-22 lead.  Wilson stayed close in the third quarter thanks to Hanzlick's seven points but Hannah Wolting and Lexi Neel both hit key three-pointers to give the Lady Mustangs a 47-35 edge after three periods.  The teams were even in the fourth quarter as Sylvan-Lucas secured its 11th win of the season.

Three Lady Mustangs were in double figures led by Kylie Rahmeier's 16 points, 15 by Delaney Herold and 14 from Taegen Walter.

Sylvan-Lucas improves to 11-5 overall and 7-1 in the Northern Plains League while Wilson drops to 7-11 overall and 3-6 in the NPL.

In the Boys game, the score was tied 4-4 early before the Mustangs went on a 12-2 run to close the first period with a 16-6 lead.  The Mustangs kept their lead steady through the second quarter and were ahead 27-14 at halftime.  In the third quarter, the Mustang lead went back and forth between 11 and 13 points before stretching the advantage out to 37-22.  The Dragons then cut their deficit to single digits by scoring the first six points of the fourth quarter but the Mustangs sealed the victory by making 13 of 16 free throw attempts down the stretch.

Four Sylvan-Lucas players were in double fitures led by Jonah Huehl's 13 points and 10 apiece from J.C. Huehl, Tyler Barrientes and Kilby Meyer.  Ethan Dlablal led Wilson with 16 points while Brady Mermis added 10.

Sylvan-Lucas improves to 12-3 overall and 6-2 in the NPL while Wilson is now 11-7 and 7-3 in league play.  Sylvan-Lucas with the victory also claims fifth place in the recently completed Northern Plains League Tournament after that game was postponed from its original date of January 18.

Friday's game also marked the first appearance in Wilson for former Girls coach Rod Seehafer who is now an assistant coach for the Sylvan-Lucas Boys team under coach Jeff Starkey.  During halftime ceremonies, Seehafer was one of four individuals inducted into the Wilson Hall of Fame.  Seehafer received a standing ovation from the Wilson fans.

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