|Wallace Wildcats come up short in last week’s games|
By Travis McConnell
A big size disadvantage played a big role last Tuesday night when the Wallace Wildcats hosted the Dundy County/Stratton Tigers.
The Tigers used the inside play of 6-foot-7 senior Kendal Glidden, 6-foot-5 freshman Joe Retele and 6-foot-3 junior Jordan Faimon to pull away from the Wildcats in their 79-61 victory.
The Wildcats used a box and one defense against the Tigers. Lane Swedberg guarded Glidden man-to- man while the other four Wildcats played a zone defense.
Swedberg did a nice job in not allowing Glidden open shots, however, Glidden still managed to score 11 first quarter points. Most of Glidden’s and the Tigers’ first quarter points came off of offensive rebounds and put backs, as the Tigers led 28-14 after one quarter.
Despite being only 6-foot-1, Shawn Christensen found success for himself in the second quarter as he continually attacked the basket and drew fouls against the Tigers. Sean May also found success attacking the hoop and drawing fouls.
In the second quarter Christensen and May combined for 12 of Wallace’s 16 points including a combined six of eight from the free throw line.
On the defensive end the Wildcats improved their rebounding and held the Tigers to 16 second quarter points. However, at halftime the Wildcats still trailed 44-30.
Christensen started the second half much like he had ended the first by attacking the basket despite his size disadvantage. Christensen scored five of Wallace’s first seven points of the third quarter to keep the Wildcats within striking distance at 48-37.
A three point play by Swedberg cut the lead to 48-40 with 4:36 to play in the third quarter. Eight points is as close as the Wildcats would get, however, as Glidden scored seven points in the last four minutes of the third quarter to give the Tigers a 59-47 lead heading into the final period.
In the fourth quarter the Tigers outscored the Wildcats 20-14 to close out the victory.
May led the Wildcats with 22 points. Christensen and Swedberg added 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Other Wallace scorers included Ethan Scott with five, Jordan Christner with four, Ryan Sowle with three and Taylor Doell with two points.
D.C./Stratton..28 16 15 20 79
Wallace……….14 16 17 14 61
Wallace vs. Arthur County
On Thursday night the Wildcats traveled north to take on the Arthur County Wolves.
Hot shooting by Sean May and Lane Swedberg kept the Wildcats in the game until halftime.
May scored 10 first quarter points including two three pointers and Swedberg hit three shots from behind the arc in the first half, as the two teams battled back and forth throughout the first 16 minutes of play.
A 6-0 run by the Wolves to close out the first half gave Arthur a 33-28 lead at half-time.
In the second half the Wolves switched to an aggressive man-to -man defense and used their depth to wear down the Wildcats.
A huge third quarter by the Wolves was the difference in the game as they outscored the Wildcats 27-12 in the period to take a 60-40 lead into the final quarter.
Arthur’s depth played a key role in the game as nine players scored, including four in double figures, as the Wolves pulled away for a 77-55 win.
May led the Wildcats with 20 points. Swedberg joined him in double figures with 13. Ryan Sowle, Taylor Doell and Tyler McCoy each scored four. Shawn Christensen had three. Ethan Scott and Jordan Christner added two each and Hunter Franzen tacked on one point.
The Wildcats started conference play on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Benkelman. Full coverage of the RPAC tournament will appear in next week’s Tribune-Sentinel.