West Fork boys basketball suffers first loss of season

 

Evan Sprung of West Fork (32) shoots over the 6-foot-7 post player Ryan Kreiner of New Hampton in the second quarter of Saturday's battle of unbeaten teams. (Kristi Nixon/Hampton Chronicle)

 

New Hampton 66

West Fork 58

 

New Hampton  20                  20                  17                  9                  -                  66

West Fork            9                  15                  15                  19                  -                58

 

 

West Fork (10-1)– Austin Neff 0-2 0-0 0; Hunter Myers 6-9 10-10 24, Spencer Halloran 2-8 4-4 8, Sam Amsbaugh 4-7 3-4 11, Drew Engebretson 1-3 0-0 3, Markus Wogen 0-0 0-0 0; Evan Sprung 3-6 3-4 9, Jacob Kuhlmeier 1-1 1-4 3. Totals 17-36 21-30 58.

New Hampton (9-0) – Marshall Sinnwell 0-0 0-0 0; Cole McDonald 4-6 0-0 10; Tucker Tenge 3-4 0-0 9; Anthony Sweitzer 3-7 1-2 8; Tanner Rentschler 4-4 1-2 9; Evan Rausch 0-0 0-0 0; Jared Nicolaisen 0-1 1-1 1; Kyle Smith 6-9 2-3 16; Mike Tupper 0-0 0-0 0; Ryan Kriener 4-6 2-4 10; Keaton Tolliver 1-1 1-1 3. Totals 25-38 8-14 66.

 

3-point goals– NH 8-16 (Tenge 3-4, McDonald 2-4, Smith 2-4, Sweitzer 1-3, Nicolaisen 0-1); WF 3-12 (Myers 2-3, Engebretson 1-3, Neff 0-1, Amsbaugh 0-1, Halloran 0-4). Rebounds– NH 21, 3 off., 18 def. (Kriener 6, Smith 5, Tolliver 5, McDonald 2, Rentschler 2, Nicolaisen); WF 18, 5 off., 13 def. (Amsbaugh 8, Myers 2, Halloran 2, Sprung 2, Kuhlmeier 2, Neff, Engebretson). Assists– NH 20 (Sweitzer 6, Kriener 4, Smith 3, McDonald 2, Rentschler 2, Tenge, Nicolaisen, Tolliver); WF 9 (Halloran 3, Amsbaugh 2, Sprung 2, Myers). Steals– NH 7 (Kriener 2, McDonald, Sweitzer, Rentschler, Nicolaisen, Smith); WF 5 (Amsbaugh 2, Halloran, Myers, Kuhlmeier). Blocks– WF, None; NH 3 (McDonald, Smith, Kriener). Fouls– WF 18; NH 24. Fouled out– WF, Halloran, Amsbaugh. NH, Rentschler.

 

SHEFFIELD – Fourth-ranked New Hampton came to Sheffield and handed the previously unbeaten and third-rated West Fork boys basketball team its first loss of the season on Saturday, Jan. 18.

The Chicasaws, which hadn’t played in a game in eight days, came out early and stunned the Warhawks who were playing their third contest in three days by building a sizable lead in an eventual 66-58 tilt.

“I don’t like giving away what other teams need to do against us, but...Sam Amsbaugh is our leading scorer, coming in at 22 points a game (he finished with half that)…they had all week to scout us and they did a great job,” Senior guard Hunter Myers said. “They double-teamed down low and made us make a lot of jump shots and we didn’t make enough of them. They hit their shots and they played a great game. They deserved to beat us.”

For more on this story, see the Jan. 22 print edition of the Hampton Chronicle.