POMONA — Behind smart ball-handling and a big senior performance, the West Franklin boys got a big win Tuesday. The Falcon prep basketball team topped Mission Valley 46-42 at West Franklin High School, 511 E. Franklin St., Pomona.

“We were able to take care of the ball [Tuesday], put some pressure on at the end and create a few stops, which allowed us to wind down the clock at the end and pull it out,” Micah Tempel, WFHS head basketball coach, said.

Hunter Lewis, senior, dropped 27 points on Mission Valley to lead all scorers. Tempel also complimented his team’s ability to keep mistakes at a minimum.

“Of course, Hunter with 27 points had a great game, but so did Clayton Noyons taking care of the basketball for us, and limiting turnovers,” he said. “It feels good to have a win going into the break. [We have] lots of things to improve.”

Defensively, West Franklin kept the Vikings from having a double-digit scorer.

West Franklin plays Jan. 5 at home against Chase County.

West Franklin (46) — Lewis 27, Sink 6, Seyler 5, Fisher 3, Milliken 3, Noyons 2.

Mission Valley (42) — Metzger 8, Clark 7, Marcotte 6, Parks 6, Myers 5, Hittle 4, Godfrey 3, Kuntz 2.

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POMONA — A sluggish first half doomed the Lady Falcons in their final game before winter break. The West Franklin High School girls basketball team fell 54-38 at home Tuesday to Mission Valley.

West Franklin scored five points in the first quarter and 13 points total in the first half to fall behind by 12 at the break.

A 15-point third quarter by the Lady Falcons cut the Mission Valley lead to 35-28 heading into the final period, but the Lady Vikings finished strong with 19 points in the final eight minutes.

Faith Martin, senior, boosted Mission Valley with 26 points to lead all scorers. West Franklin’s leading scorer was Macayla Harmon, senior, with 12 points.

The Lady Falcons are back in action Jan. 5 at home against Chase County.

Mission Valley (54) — F. Martin 26, Enzbrenner 9, H. Martin 7, M. Deters 6, Bond 2, R. Halupa 2, T. Halupa 2.

West Franklin (38) ­— Harmon 12, Rogers 6, Sheldon 6, McCurdy 5, Flory 4, Shotton 2.