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Football West High Media Day


Justin Wan, Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY | Kory Woodruff may be known more for his football abilities, but the “big fella” from West High also knows his way around the basketball court.

The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Woodruff had 17 points and seven rebounds and West picked up its first boys basketball win of the season, 71-55, over Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln Friday at West High.

Cliff McCray posted a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Wolverines (1-1) got off to a fast start and were able to maintain the lead throughout.

“They were feeding me and I feel I can participate and contribute in a big way,” Woodruff said. “I give it all to my teammates. As a team we played a heck of a game and I can’t be prouder.

“We felt we didn’t execute right in our first game so we wanted to come into this one and execute to the best of our abilities.”

The Wolverines, bouncing back from a season-opening 59-48 loss at Sergeant Bluff-Luton, scored the game’s first nine points and never looked back. West was deadeye from the free throw line, connecting on 25 of 28, including 14 of 17 in the fourth quarter when Abraham Lincoln was forced to foul.

Omar Maldonado was also in double figures with 11 points and the Wolverines held a commanding 42-26 advantage on the boards. Micah McWell ripped down seven caroms to go along with six points while Robert Mosey had six rebounds.

“We wanted to have a lot of energy and get off to a fast start,” West Coach CoCo Cofield said. “We want to win each and every quarter and in order to do that we have to bring high energy and be aggressive on offense. I think we did that in the first quarter and it led into the second, third and fourth.”

Woodruff bulled his way inside for five of the Wolverines’ first nine points, then Maldonado and Adien Belt nailed 3-pointers to make it 15-4. West had an 18-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 34-18 halftime cushion.

It was 47-31 at the end of the third quarter and the closest Abraham Lincoln came was 13 points in the final eight minutes.

“I always tell them free throws will make you or break you and our boys stepped up there and made some in the clutch,” Cofield said. “We expect that from Kory, he’s a big presence down low and we want to make sure we use him as much as possible.”

Abraham Lincoln’s Preston Fant scored a game-high 18 points, tossing in 12 of those in the fourth quarter. Troy Houghton had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds while Hunter Hendrix tacked on 10 points.

Houghton was the leading scorer on last year’s Lynx team that finished 18-4 with three losses to East High, the last of those in a substate final.

West plays city rivals North and East next week. At Friday’s home game with East, the school will retire former West High star Kirk Hinrich’s No. 12 jersey. Hinrich went on to star at the University of Kansas and played 13 seasons in the NBA.


Jadin Johnson 2-5 0-0 4, Preston Fant 5-16 7-7 18, Matthew Evans 0-0 0-0 0, Troy Houghton 4-14 4-9 12, Hunter Hendrix 4-8 0-0 10, Mason Mower 1-2 0-1 2, Tyler Reiss 3-8 0-0 9, Kaden Baxter 0-1 0-0 0, Alex Stogdill 0-0 0-0 0, Ethan Brewer 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-56 11-18 55.

WEST (71)

Kory Woodruff 5-9 7-8 17, Robert Mosey 2-3 0-0 4, Cliff McCray 4-8 8-9 17, Adien Belt 2-7 0-0 5, Omar Maldonado 2-6 5-5 11, Micah McWell 2-4 1-2 6, Kaleb Hegna 0-0 0-0 0, Conner Beyer 1-1 2-2 5, Kyrel Hanks 1-2 2-2 4, Chase Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Marcus McCray 0-1 0-0 0, Jay Danley 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 20-42 25-28 71.

Abraham Lincoln;6;12;13;24;--;55


3-point shots – Abraham Lincoln 6-25 (Reiss 3-8, Hendrix 2-5, Fant 1-8, Johnson 0-2, Baxter 0-1, Sprague 0-1), West 5-13 (Maldonado 2-4, Belt 1-4, McCray 1-2, McWell 1-1, Hanks 0-1, Woodruff 0-1). Fouled out – Johnson. Technical – West bench. Rebounds – Abraham Lincoln 26 (Houghton 10), West 42 (McCray 11). Turnovers – Abraham Lincoln 9, West 16. Total fouls – Abraham Lincoln 21, West 18.


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