Wildcats win big in South Platte Thursday, lose on Friday
By LaDonna Swedberg
Wallace faced another pair of opponents last week and once again they saw two very different teams.
Thursday night the Wildcats traveled to Big Springs to take on the Blue Knights, a small team in size and numbers, that plays with a lot of heart.
Friday, the competition was quite different; the Paxton Tigers have a great deal of size, depth and experience which created a much different game for the Blue and White.
Wallace vs Big Springs
In game one, Wallace wasted no time getting down to business as they scored 16 points in the opening quarter while holding South Platte to a single basket. The Wildcats used a patient offensive game to get their first quarter points but in the second quarter it was their defensive game that created the points.
John Marquardt, Landon Swedberg, Jose Arvizo and Collin Swedberg all got baskets after stealing the ball and taking it down for a lay up. Add a couple of baskets by Lane Scott and additional baskets by Marquardt and Swedberg and Wallace had another 16 points to add to their score. The Wildcats went in at half time with a 32–10 lead.
The third quarter looked just like the second as far as scoring was concerned. Wallace once again put 16 points on the board while holding South Platte to eight. Scott continued to have the hot hand as he put up another six points and Landon Swedberg added four. Josh Grauerholz, Collin Swedberg and Hayden Woodcox each contributed a basket as well. At the end of three, the score stood at 48–18.
The pace of the game did not let up in the final quarter even with a lot of substitutions. Shane Anders was big on offensive rebounds scoring six of his eight points on put backs. Taylor Doell, Lane Scott and Collin Swedberg each added to their totals by scoring a fourth quarter basket to make the final score 62–26.
Landon Swedberg and Lane Scott were leading scorers with 14 and 13 points.
Wallace vs Paxton
While the ball was bouncing and rolling the right way on Thursday night for the Wildcats, Friday night painted a whole different picture. Wallace struggled getting the ball to the basket and scoring and their defense had a difficult time finding an answer for the very tough Paxton Tiger team but they never stopped battling.
The Wildcats started the game fairly competitive, staying right with the Tigers. Josh Grauerholz was able to get the short jumpers in the lane so the offense kept feeding him the ball and he had six points in the opening quarter. Lane Scott and Landon Swedberg were both able to put up four points and John Marquardt added a free throw to account for Wallace’s 15 first quarter points
Down by six points, the Cats continued to work at getting the short jumper while stepping up the defense. Grauerholz was still the go to guy as he dropped in eight more points. Taylor Doell added a short jumper and one for the second quarter.
With little time left on the clock, Wallace had pulled within two of Paxton. The final minute of the half, however, ended up changing the momentum of the game. The Tigers were able to come up with a couple of quick baskets and free throws and by the half time buzzer they were able to turn their two point lead into a 34–26 lead.
The third quarter was the roughest for the Wildcats. Paxton’s Cody Corfield, could not miss and Wallace could not get anything to fall. The Wildcats were only able to add a Grauerholz jumper and a basket and free throw from Swedberg. The Tigers outscored Cats by 13 points in the third but Wallace was not going away without a fight.
The Wildcats started the final quarter scoring the first six points. Grauerholz started out with a free throw then Doell got a put back and a three-pointer and it looked like a come back was in the making but Paxton got their offense rolling.
The Tigers did not outscore the Cats but they matched them point for point to keep their 22-point lead.
Doell was the fourth quarter shooter for Wallace as he added another trey and jumper to the books. Lane Scott and Tanner Clough were also able to get a basket and Shane Anders a free throw to make the final score 69–47.
Josh Grauerholz was the leading scorer for Wallace with 17 points and Taylor Doell had 13.