|Wildcats pick up season’s second win|
By Travis McConnell
The Wallace Wildcats put together their most consistent four quarters of the year, as they defeated the Brady Eagles 67-62 on Tuesday night.
Jordan Christner got the Wildcats going in the first quarter as he scored the first seven Wildcat points. However, turnovers limited the Wildcats in the early going and the Eagles led 14-9 after the first quarter.
Shawn Christensen then scored 14 second quarter points to help the Wildcats cut the lead to 32-34 at halftime.
Christensen started the second quarter with eight straight points for the Wildcats, including a three point play as he was fouled on a successful driving lay-up to make the score 14-12. Each time Christensen scored, the Eagles responded with a basket of their own to maintain their two point lead.
A three-point play by Sean May cut the Eagle lead to 21-22 midway through the second quarter and Christensen hit three straight free throws to keep the Wildcats close just before halftime.
The turning point in the game came two minutes into the third quarter with the score 40-36 in favor of Brady. The Eagles only managed one field goal and two free throws, as the Wildcats went on a 15-4 run to end the third quarter with a 51-44 lead.
Keying the run was Ryan Sowle, who scored the final eight points of the run, including a three-point play of his own.
The Wildcats maintained their comfortable lead throughout the first 5:30 minutes of the fourth quarter and had a 60-52 lead with 2:30 to play in the game.
But the Eagles made it interesting, as the Wildcats missed two layups and had two turnovers in the next 56 seconds and the Eagles scored six points to make the score 60-58 with 1:32 to play in the game.
Following a time out, the Wildcats hit five of six free throws down the stretch, one by May and two each by Christensen and Lane Swedberg to maintain a three point lead.
Brady had one final chance, with the score 65-62 in favor of Wallace, but turned the ball over with five seconds remaining. May scored the final Wildcat points after getting behind the Eagle press and laying the ball in as time expired.
Christensen led the Wildcats with 24 points. May added 15. Joining them in double figures were Christner and Sowle with 11 and 10 points respectively. Other Wildcats scorers included Swedberg with four and Taylor Doell with three points.
Brady……….14 20 10 18 62
Wallace…...... 9 23 19 16 67
Wallace vs Hayes Center
On Friday night the Wildcats hosted state ranked Hayes Center.
The Wildcats executed their game plan to perfection in the first quarter, as they were patient on offense, spread the Cardinal defense and attacked the basket when the opportunity arose. The good execution resulted in a back-and-forth battle throughout the first quarter as the Cardinals led 17-15 after one period of play.
The Cardinals picked up the intensity on defense in the second quarter and forced many Wildcat turnovers that led to many easy baskets and a 43-21 lead at halftime.
“Once we got behind in the second quarter, we started to panic,” said Wildcat coach Dean Franzen, “that led to lots of turnovers. But, the boys did a great job taking care of the ball in the first quarter.”
The Cardinals played many reserves in the second half of each of the third and fourth quarters, but still managed to outscore the Wildcats, 27-12 in the second half and pick up the 70-34 win.
Sean May led the Wildcats with 13 points. Shawn Christensen added 10 points. Other Wildcat scorers included Lane Swedberg with eight, Alex Pacheco with two and Taylor Doell with one point.
Next week the Wildcats will travel to Stapleton on Thursday night and Hitchcock County on Friday night.