COUNCIL BLUFFS — If the Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln players have nightmares about 3-pointers flying over their heads, Sioux City West provided the Lynx with a reason for those sleepless nights.

West drained 14 from behind the arc while the Lynx mustered five from long distance as the Wolverines downed Lincoln 73-56.

Micah McWell led West with 24 points, Kyrel Hanks added 16 and Cliff McCray came away with 13 as the Wolverines improved to 2-0.

Matthew Evans and Kaden Baxter each scored 10 to lead the Lynx.

West coach CoCo Cofield said he was pleased with his team’s effort for the second game of the season but said there are areas to work on.

“I think we matched the energy,” Cofield said. “What we wanted to focus on was energy and effort. Can we be consistent throughout the whole game? I think we did that.

“We shot the ball pretty decent. We’ve got to do a little bit better on defense, but I think from the energy and effort, we brought it.”

The Wolverines led 16-9 after the first quarter then poured in six 3-pointers in the second quarter to account for 18 of their 22 points in the period as their lead ballooned to 38-16 at halftime.

Abraham Lincoln coach Jason Isaacson said he was surprised by how lethargic his team was early despite the game being the Lynx’s season opener.

“I wasn’t expecting that. I was a little bit shocked by our urgency and effort. We just kind of laid a dud,” Isaacson said. “I felt like we were hoping things would go our way instead of just going out and making them go our way. I still think we can do some really good things. We’ve got to improve our practice habits.”

McWell led all scorers with 16 first-half points, including four 3-pointers.

Ten of the Wolverines’ 14 field goals in the half were from beyond the arc.

But rather than mail in the second half, A.L. didn’t back down.

After the 16-point first half, the Lynx outscored West 40-35 the rest of the way and got their deficit down to 13 twice.

“We had one or two chances to make another push to get it down but another defensive breakdown here or there, which is expected in the first game to have some of those,” Isaacson said. “But when you dig yourself in a hole, you can’t do them any more — not if you’re going to climb back from 20. Our second half was obviously a lot better, so we’ll see what we can kind of build on.”

Cofield said he would have liked to see his team continue to pull away in the second half like it did in the first, but it was unable to do so.

“We’ve got to sustain it,” Cofield said. “We can’t get complacent. We can’t get lazy. We can’t take any plays off. Possession by possession, we’ve got to win those possessions. That’s what we’ve got to continue to keep working on.”

Sioux City West (2-0)...........16 22 16 19—73

At Abraham Lincoln (0-1)..........9  7 20 20—56

SCW: Omar Maldonado 8, Cliff McCray 13, Connor Beyer 5, Micah McWell 24, Kyrel Hanks 16, Kaleb Hegna 5, Yonis Abdi 2.

CBAL: Jadin Johnson 2, Tyler Reiss 6, Josh Dix 5, Matthew Evans 10, Kaden Baxter 10, Hunter Hendrix 7, Andrew Christensen 6, Noah Sandbothe 2, Ethan Brewer 2.

Abraham Lincoln girls 51, Sioux City West 42

Jillian Shanks scored 16 points and Julia Wagoner added 10 more to lead Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln to a 51-42 win over Sioux City West at the A.L. Fieldhouse.

Bricelyn Comstock paced the Wolverines with 11 points.

The Lynx led 14-10 after one quarter and 26-21 at halftime.

Shanks led all scorers with 10 first-half points.

Abraham Lincoln (2-1) led by as many as 14 in the third quarter, but West (1-1) finished the period with a 12-4 run to slash its deficit to 42-36 before getting outscored 9-6 in the fourth quarter.

Sioux City West (1-1)................10 11 15 6—42

At Abraham Lincoln (2-1)..........14 12 16 9—51

SCW: Braedyn Downs 2, Bricelyn Comstock 11, Madison Burge 5, Ashleigh Fitzgerald 6, Sydney Edwards 5, Hope Wagner 4, Andrea Vazquez 9.

CBAL: Brooke Wohlers 2, Jillian Shanks 16, Alexis Pomemackas 3, Samantha Christiansen 1, Julia Wagoner 10, Lucy Turner 9, Kayla Schleifman 9, Rilee Filip 1.

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