GRISWOLD – It was sloppy at times, but the Griswold girls’ basketball team broke into the victory column for the first time this season Monday night with a 56-40 win over Council Bluffs Heartland Christian.

Coach Chris Hamilton’s team was led by four players in double figures, with Josie Mundorf with a team-high 12. Three each had 11: Mikala Pelzer, Kalainee Teaney and McKenna Wiechmann.

The Tigers jumped out to a quick 13-4 lead and extended the advantage to 30-14 at halftime. Some foul issues with the Tigers arose in the second half and the Eagles – who despite dressing just six players stayed out of foul trouble until the end – tried to cut into the lead but got no closer than eight after some well-timed baskets.

The nightcap didn’t go so well for Griswold, and for coach Mark Carlton’s squad it was the same old issue of youth and taking poor shots that arose in a 46-31 loss to Heartland Christian.

It looked at first, though, the Tigers might run away with the win on the strength of a 10-2 game-opening run. The home team still led 13-9 at the quarter break, but the Eagles went on a 7-0 run in the second quarter to take a 16-13 lead. The Tigers caught up, and a Caleb Oakleaf like-a-prayer three-pointer just before halftime tied the score at 18-apiece.

But the Eagle tandem of DJ Weilage and Dylan Sharp was too much for the Tigers in the second half, as they Weilage had 18 and Sharp 14 to lead the visitors to the win.

The Tigers’ leading scorer, Jayden Amend, was out with an illness while two others were out for one reason or another. Adam Houser picked up the Tigers’ scoring slack with a team-high 10 points.

The Tigers host Essex on Thursday.

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