|Wallace Wildcats compete in GPAC conference tournament|
By Travis McConnell
The Republican Plains Activities Conference (RPAC), which is comprised of two divisions of seven teams each, held its tournament last week at several different locations.
The two divisions of the RPAC are the Golden Plains Activities Conference (GPAC), which is the western seven teams, and the Republican Valley League (RVL), which are the eastern seven teams.
The Wallace Wildcats competed in the GPAC division, as they traveled to Benkelman, to take on the Dundy County/Stratton Tigers on Saturday, Jan. 23.
These two teams met four days earlier in Wallace and Dundy County/Stratton escaped with a hard fought 79-61 victory.
The first round tournament game did not resemble the first meeting at all as Dundy County used its size advantage and excellent outside shooting to race to a 30-7 lead after one quarter and a 51-10 lead at half time.
The Wildcats did manage to score 22 second half points, but defensively had no answer for the Tiger’s 6-foot-7 Kendal Glidden and 6-foot-4 Jordan Faimon who combined for 32 points mostly on post moves and offensive rebounds.
When the Tigers weren’t pounding it inside, freshman point guard Tyler Freeland was hitting from the outside. Freeland scored 24 points to lead the Tigers to 49 second half points and a 100-32 victory.
Lane Swedberg led the Wildcats with 12 points.
Tyler McCoy joined him in double figures with 10. Other Wildcat scorers included Shawn Christensen with six and Ethan Scott and Hunter Franzen with two each.
Wallace vs. DC/Stratton
Wallace……..........7 3 12 10––32
D.C./Stratton…..30 21 25 24–100
Because the RPAC is such a large conference, every team is guaranteed two games.
On Friday night the Wallace Wildcats traveled to Wauneta to take on the Paxton Tigers in a consolation game. The Tigers lost earlier in the tournament to top seeded Hayes Center.
The consolation game turned out to be a tale of two halves as the Wallace Wildcats led 29-26 at halftime.
Jordan Christner, Taylor Doell and Lane Swedberg all hit three pointers in the first half and the inside play of Shawn Christensen propelled the Wildcats early on.
However, in the second half the Wildcats went cold from the field and only scored 12 total points.
As Wallace was cooling off, Paxton was heating up. Cooper Bollman and Cody Corfield combined for 23 second half points as the Tigers outscored the Wildcats 16-6 in the third quarter and 26-6 in the decisive fourth quarter.
Paxton ran away with a 68-41 victory.
Christensen led the Wildcats with 15 points. Sean May added 12 points. Other Wildcats scorers were Swedberg with five, Christner with four, Doell with three and Ryan Sowle with two.
The Wildcats hosted the Brady Eagles on Tuesday night. Details will be in next week’s paper. They will also host the Hayes Center Cardinals on Friday night.