By LaDonna Swedberg
The Wallace Wildcats started the season by putting two games in the ‘win’ column.
Thursday night the Cats traveled to Wauneta to take on the Wauneta/Palisade Broncos and Friday night they hosted Maywood in the first of three consecutive home games. Wallace was able to win both games quite handily but the competition revealed some areas to be improved upon.
Wallace vs. Wa/Pa.
Thursday’s game against Wauneta/Palisade got off to a slow start with only eight total points being scored in the first half of the quarter. Wa/Pa had a single basket and Wallace had three free throws from Landon Swedberg, one from Jeff Harms and Collin Swedberg got a bucket off a steal.
Before the opening quarter came to an end, Andrew Gardner added a couple of free throws, Landon Swedberg came up with a trey and Tanner Clough got inside for a short jumper. The Wildcats had a 13-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Wallace looked as if they were over their first game jitters as the second quarter unfolded; they came out and put up 23 points in a variety of ways. The Cats were making their free throws, driving the lane, getting put backs and they were hitting short and long jumpers.
The Wildcats who put points on the board were Hayden Woodcox, who contributed two points, Andrew Gardner had three, John Marquardt, Landon Swedberg and Tanner Clough each had four points and Shane Anders put up six points. Wallace had a 36-17 halftime lead.
The third quarter ended up looking quite similar to the opening quarter; little scoring by both teams. Wallace was only able to put up 10 points which doubled the Broncos five points.
Woodcox was responsible for half of the Cats’ points as he started the quarter with a basket underneath and he ended the quarter with a three-pointer. In addition to Woodcox’s points, Collin Swedberg put in two free throws, Andrew Gardner got a short basket underneath and Landon Swedberg put in a free throw.
The final quarter ended up being the most competitive as Wallace only outscored the Wauneta/Palisade by one point.
The Bronco’s Chase Rathe cut loose to put up 10 of his teams 13 points. Landon Swedberg answered the call by scoring nine points of his own. To account for the Wildcats remaining five points, Josh May and Andrew Gardner each scored two points and Jeff Harms added a free throw.
Wallace defeated Wauneta/Palisade by a score of 60-35.
Leading the way for the Wildcats was Landon Swedberg with 20 points, six rebounds, six steals, two assists and two blocked shots. Andrew Gardner scored nine points, two rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot and Hayden Woodcox had seven points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots and one steal.
Wallace vs. Maywood
The Maywood Tigers were round two for the Wildcats’ opening week of basketball. Even though the result of the game was similar to that of Thursday night, the way the game played out against Maywood was quite different.
In spite of a slow start in their opening game, the Wildcats wasted no time taking charge in their second game. Six different players put points on the board in the first quarter.
Landon Swedberg and John Marquardt were responsible for the first two baskets and then Andrew Gardner and Hayden Woodcox each got a put back for two points. Landon Swedberg then got started on a run of three-pointers; two from beyond the arch and one the old fashioned way. Gardner added another put back, Tanner Clough put in two free throws and Collin Swedberg got a basket from underneath to complete the Wildcats 23 point first quarter.
The defense managed to hold the Tigers to just nine points.
The second quarter was a reminder that we were only in the second game of the season as both teams went ice cold shooting the ball and turnovers were common place. No points were scored until the very end of the quarter.
Maywood was able to put up five points in the final minute and Landon Swedberg got two free throws with 30 seconds left on the clock. The halftime score was 25-14.
The Wildcats made the necessary adjustments they needed at halftime and came out in the third quarter looking like a new team. They were back to putting points on the board while playing stingy defense.
Shane Anders had the hot hands, putting in seven points and Landon Swedberg added four. John Marquardt and Hayden Woodcox each got a basket and late in the quarter, Dillon Koop stepped beyond the arch for a trey. Wallace went into the final quarter leading 42-20.
The Tigers out scored the Wildcats by six points in the final quarter but it was too little to late. The 11 points that Wallace put up came from a put back by Marquardt, a layup from Collin Swedberg and a three-pointer, a short jumper and two free throws from Landon Swedberg. The final score was 53-37.
Statistically, Landon Swedberg had 24 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, five steals and two blocked shots. Shane Anders had seven points, two rebounds, two steals and one block. John Marquardt had six points, three rebounds, six assists, and two steals. Hayden Woodcox had four points, 11 rebounds, one assist and five steals.
Wallace will be in action again on Friday when they host the Maxwell Wildcats.