|Wallace Wildcats back in action after Christmas break|
By Travis McConnell
The Wallace Wildcat boys basketball team jumped right back into action on the first day back to class after Christmas break as they traveled to Curtis to take on the Medicine Valley Raiders Tuesday night.
The Wildcats offense did not miss a beat following the two week break as they scored 19 first quarter points, including 10 points by Sean May. However, the Raiders looked just as good offensively as they scored 24 first quarter points of their own.
Med Valley extended their lead to 30-20 early in the second quarter. Wallace then went on a 10-0 run to tie the game at 30-30 late in the second quarter.
But just as Wallace had gone on a little run, Med Valley closed the quarter with their own 8-0 run to take a 38-30 lead at half time.
Shawn Christensen sparked the Wildcats with eight third quarter points, but Med Valley’s Nathan Warneke and Justin Hildebrandt combined for 19 third quarter points as Med Valley extended their lead to 64-50 after three quarters. Warneke scored 11 points in the quarter including two three-pointers and Hildebrandt scored eight including two three pointers of his own.
Warneke was not done either as he scored another 10 points in the fourth quarter to help the Raiders hold on to an 80-65 victory over the Wildcats.
Christensen and May each scored 18 points to lead the Wildcats. Lane Swedberg and Ryan Sowle added eight and six points, respectively. Jordan Christner and Taylor Doell both had three points.
Wallace………19 11 20 15 65
Med Valley….24 14 26 18 80
Friday Night’s Action
On Friday night the Wildcats hosted the 5-1 Arthur County Wolves.
Arthur County used great balance, as four players scored in double figures, to help the Wolves to an 80-58 victory.
Matt Simpson scored 17 to lead the Wolves. He was followed by Justin Thomas with 14 and Derek Powers and Jordan Trimble with 13 each.
Arthur County steadily built a comfortable lead throughout the first two quarters as they led 40-23 at half time.
But the Wildcats continued to play hard in the second half and never gave up. With the score 50-27 in favor of the Wolves, midway through the third quarter, the Wildcats staged a furious comeback keyed by the scoring of May and Christensen.
The Wildcats used an 18-3 run over the last half of the third quarter and first two minutes of the fourth quarter to cut the Wolves’ lead to 53-45. During the run Christensen scored seven points and May added 11.
However, eight points was as close as the Wildcats could get and the Wolves pulled away for the 22 point victory.
May scored a game high 27 points for the Wildcats. Christensen joined him in double figures with 17. Sowle and Swedberg scored seven and five points. Christner added two.
Arthur Co.…18 22 13 27 80
Wallace……..11 12 19 16 58
The Wildcats will host South Platte on Thursday night before traveling to Paxton on Friday.