Wildcats handily take down Sailors
By LaDonna Swedberg
The Wildcats traveled to Sutherland last Thursday looking to keep their record unblemished. They wasted no time attacking the task at hand as they jumped to a quick lead.
John Marquardt got things rolling when he put back a rebound for Wallace’s first points. Taylor Doell and Landon Swedberg then put up six points apiece and as the quarter was coming to an end, Josh Grauerholz added a couple of free throws.
The Wildcats had a 16-5 lead by the time the first quarter came to an end.
Sutherland made some adjustments in the second quarter which helped them offensively and the changes slowed the Wildcats down a bit.
Grauerholz made some adjustments of his own as he had to deal with 6-foot-5 Calvin Cartson. Grauerholz was able to get position on Cartston for some rebound put backs and after a couple of blocked shots, he got some good looks at the basket. Doell continued to find ways to score and as the half was coming to an end, Marquardt came up with a steal which he turned into points before the buzzer.
The teams went to the locker room with Wallace leading 27 -14.
The pace of the game picked up in the second half and the score changed more frequently as the game progressed. The Wildcats had a variety of players who contributed to the teams scoring with some great assist and great offensive plays. Marquardt and Doell had the hot shooting hands as they each drained a couple treys in addition to the points they got from driving the ball. Shane Anders contributed seven second half points, Swedberg added six, Grauerholz four and Jose Arvizo had two.
Wallace defeated Sutherland by a score of 65–40. The game may not have been as sharp as the previous games but the Wildcats still did a lot of positive things. Taylor Doell once again lead the way in scoring with 18 points. John Marquardt scored 14 and Swedberg had 12. Grauerholz and Swedberg each pulled down seven rebounds and Marquardt had six.
Defensively, Swedberg came up with six steals and Grauerholz three. Swedberg had five assists and Jose Arvizo had three.
Wallace will have had a challenging game Tuesday evening hosting Medicine Valley in a conference battle.