|Wallace Wildcats start 1-2 after Christmas break|
By Travis McConnell
The Wallace Wildcat boys got back into the swing of things after the Christmas break in a big way, with three games in the first five days back. On Tuesday night the Wildcats hosted the Medicine Valley Raiders.
Shawn Christensen and Jordan Christner combined for 10 first quarter points to get the Wildcats off to a fast start. A three point play by Lane Swedberg gave the Wildcats a 13-9 lead after one quarter.
It wasn’t smooth sailing for the Wildcats in the second quarter, however, as foul trouble forced the Wildcats to go deep into their bench.
Luckily, the reserves responded scoring all 11 of the Wildcat points in the second quarter. Ryan Sowle hit a turn around jumper in the lane to extend the Wildcats lead to 15-9 early.
Medicine Valley then went on an 8-0 run to take the lead at 17-15 with 4:09 to play in the first half. Taylor Doell then responded with back to back field goals to give the Wildcats a 19-17 lead they would never relinquish.
Josh Grauerholtz added a bucket and Doell hit a three pointer at the buzzer to give the Wildcats a 24-19 lead at halftime.
The Wildcats turned up the heat on their full court press in the third quarter and put the game away, outscoring the Raiders 24-7 to take a commanding 48-26 lead. Christensen sandwiched two baskets around two Landon Swedberg free throws to get the Wildcats rolling.
A steal and lay up by Lane Swedberg was followed by a three pointer from Sean May to give the Wildcats a 35-21 cushion.
Wallace continued to use its press to create points on offense as May and Christensen closed out the scoring with two baskets each.
The fourth quarter was more competitive, but the Wildcats still outscored the Raiders 17-16 to cruise to a 65-42 victory.
Christensen led three Wildcats in double figures with 17 points. May and Lane Swedberg added 13 and 10 respectively.
Other scorers included Christner with eight, Doell with seven and Sowle with four. Landon Swedberg, Grauerholtz and Ethan Scott all added two points.
Wallace vs. Arthur Co.
On Friday night the Wildcats made the trip to Arthur County to take on the Wolves.
The Wildcats didn’t have an answer for the Wolves’ Derek Powers who scored a game high 25 points to lead the Wolves to a 73-56 win.
The first quarter was very competitive and the Wildcats only trailed 16-11, however, Powers and Matt Simpson combined for 10 points in the second quarter and the Wolves increased their lead to 31-20 at halftime.
The Wildcats used good full court pressure in the third quarter and Sean May scored 12 of his team high 21 points mostly off of steals and layups to cut the Arthur County lead to 46-48 with 2:00 to play in the third quarter.
But the Wolves hit 8-11 free throws down the stretch and out scored the Wildcats 22-11 in the final quarter to secure the win.
Joining May in double figures for the Wildcats were Lane Swedberg and Shawn Christensen with 14 and 10 points, respectively.
Other Wildcat scorers included Landon Swedberg with eight and Jordan Christner with three points.
Wallace vs. Mullen
On Saturday the Wildcats returned home to host the Mullen Broncos.
After the first quarter it looked like the Wildcats would be able to hang in against the 8-1 Broncos, as the score was tied 10-10 at the end of the first period.
In the second quarter the Wildcats continued to play good defense, keeping the much bigger Broncos off the offensive boards, however, the Wildcats only managed three second quarter field goals and were outscored 14-6. At halftime Mullen led 24-16.
With three players 6-foot-3 or taller, the Broncos began working the ball inside in the third quarter and extended their lead to 41-28 entering the final period.
As they’ve done all season, the Wildcats turned up the defensive pressure to start the fourth quarter. A 9-2 run by the Wildcats keyed by a Sean May field goal, a three pointer by Lane Swedberg and two baskets by Shawn Christensen cut the Bronco lead to 43-37 with 5:10 to play in the game.
However, the Broncos hit 10-12 free throws down the stretch to seal the 58-43 victory.
May led the Wildcats with 17 points. Christensen added 15 points. Other Wildcat scorers included Lane Swedberg with seven and Landovn Swedberg with four points.
The Wildcats are now 3-4 on the season.
They will travel to South Platte on Thursday (tonight), before returning home on Friday to host the Paxton Tigers.