|Wallace Wildcats split first weekend games|
By Travis McConnell
The Wallace Wildcats opened the 2009-10 basketball season by splitting their first two games.
On Friday night the Wildcats used a fourth quarter scoring explosion to blow open a close game against the Maywood Tigers at home.
A Lane Swedberg three-pointer just before the end of the first quarter gave the Wildcats a 13-8 lead, which was their biggest of the game until early in the fourth quarter.
The Tigers hung around in the second quarter behind the play of Peyton Littell, who scored eight points in the second quarter. Joseph Fangman hit a three pointer at the buzzer for the Tigers to cut the Wildcat lead to 22-19 at half time.
The third quarter went very much like the first two, as both teams traded baskets. Wallace never trailed in the third quarter, but the Tigers outscored the Wildcats 14-12 and only trailed by one point entering the third quarter at 34-33.
Lane Swedberg scored seven straight points for Wallace to open the fourth quarter with a three pointer, his fourth of the game, and two field goals to give the Wildcats a 41-33 lead.
Sean May also got in on the act as he scored 13 of his game high 22 points in the fourth quarter. Most of May’s points came on layups following long outlet passes and free throws. May hit eight of 12 free throws in the game.
The 20 combined points by Swedberg and May were a big part of a Wallace 28-5 scoring run that pushed their lead to 62-38 late in the game. Maywood scored the final six points of the game, but Wallace held on for the 62-44 win.
May led all scorers with 22 points. Swedberg and Shawn Christensen added 18 and 11 points respectively. Other Wildcat scorers included Jordan Christner with six and Ryan Sowle with five.
Maywood..8 11 14 11 44
Wallace…13 9 12 28 62
Wallace vs. Wa/Pa
On Saturday the Wildcats ran into a buzz saw when they traveled to Wauneta to take on the Wauneta-Palisade Broncos.
The Broncos used tough full court pressure that led to easy baskets to open up a 27-4 first quarter lead.
The Wildcats hung in the game in the second quarter behind the play of Sean May who scored six of his team high 11 points in the second quarter.
However, the Broncos outscored the Wildcats 13 to 11 in the second quarter and had a commanding 40-15 lead at halftime.
The second half was much the same, as the Broncos continued to use their defense to spark their offense as they outscored the Wildcats 53-19 in the second half to cruise to a 93-34 win.
May led the Wildcats with 11 points. Ryan Sowle and Tyler McCoy each added six points. Lane Swedberg and Taylor Doell had five and three points, respectively.
Wallace…...4 11 10 9 34
Wa./Pa......27 13 27 26 93
The Wildcats will be back in action next weekend, as they host the Maxwell Wildcats on Friday, before traveling to Arnold to take on the Cardinals on Saturday.