|Wildcats lose battle with Sailors|
By Travis McConnell
Free throws were the difference, Thursday night, when the Wallace Wildcats hosted the Sutherland Sailors. Both teams hit 16 two point field goals and two three point field goals each, but Sutherland outscored Wallace 15-8 from the free throw line and defeated the Wildcats 53-46.
Sutherland jumped out to an early 8-2 lead behind the play of Tyler Jedlicki. However, the Wildcats used a 10-0 run of their own to take a 12-8 lead late in the first quarter.
Jordan Christner started the run with a driving lay-up. Ryan Sowle added two free throws and Shawn Christensen got a rebound and put back to tie the game at 8-8. Sean May gave the Wildcats a four point lead with two free throws and a two point field goal.
Both teams traded baskets the rest of the quarter and after one period the Wildcats led 14-13.
May sparked the Wildcats in the second quarter, scoring 13 of his game high 24 points in the period. With the score tied at 18-18, May gave the Wildcats a 23-18 lead with a lay-up on which he was fouled. May missed the free throw, but Sowle got the rebound and kicked the ball out to May for a three pointer.
Both teams once again traded baskets the rest of the quarter and at halftime the Wildcats led 31-27.
Both teams left their offenses in the locker room at half time as the two teams combined for only 10 third quarter points. Sutherland outscored Wallace 6-4 in the quarter to cut the Wildcat lead to 35-33 entering the fourth quarter.
Wallace continued to lead throughout the early part of the fourth quarter, until Jedlicki hit a three pointer to tie the game at 44-44 with 3:40 to play in the game.
Wallace regained the lead once again 46-44 on a basket by May; however it was the last points of the game for the Wildcats. Sutherland used a 9-0 run to end the game. Most of the points came from the free throw line where the Sailors scored their final five points of the game from the charity stripe.
For the game Wallace hit eight of 13 free throws (62 percent). Sutherland connected on 15 of 22 (68 percent) free throws.
May led the Wildcats with 24 points. Sowle and Christensen added eight and six points, respectively. Lane Swedberg and Christner each added four points.
With the loss the Wildcats fall to 1-4 on the season.
Sutherland…13 14 6 20 53
Wallace……..14 17 4 11 46
The Wildcats will be in action again following the holiday break when they travel to Curtis to take on the Medicine Valley Raiders. That game will be Tuesday, Jan. 5.