By LaDonna Swedberg
The Wallace Wildcats had a two week break in competition but they were able to pick up where they left off when they competed in the Perkins County Holiday Tournament. The Wildcats were able to defeat Cambridge and Sandhills/Thedford to take first place in the tournament.
Wallace vs. Cambridge
Wallace first had to do battle with the Cambridge Trojans. Tough defense got the Cats off to a good start as they held the Trojans to just two free throws in the first half of the opening quarter.
The Wallace offense, on the other hand, was finding ways to get points on the board. Landon Swedberg got things started with a put back followed by a long three.
Shane Anders then added a put back of his own and then Swedberg turned a steal into two points to give the Cats a quick 9-2 lead.
As the quarter progressed, Cambridge was able to slow the Wildcat offense down, holding them to just two baskets; a jumper by Dillon Koop and a lay-in by Andrew Gardner. The Trojans were able to knock down a three-pointer, turn a steal into two and add a free throw to bring the score to 13-8 at the end of the quarter.
The second quarter turned out to be a defensive battle.
The Trojans were only able to put in two baskets and three free throws while the Cats added just three baskets. Landon Swedberg hit a short jump shot and Collin Swedberg hit a corner shot and he put one in off the glass. Wallace had a 19-15 lead at halftime.
The pace of the game picked up significantly in the third period with both teams nearly doubling their points.
Cambridge put up a total of 14 points, nine of them came from three short baskets and then they added a three-pointer. The remaining five points in the quarter came from free throws.
Wallace scored 17 third quarter points. Landon Swedberg started things off by driving in for a bucket.
Collin Swedberg then stole the ball and took it in for two. Landon Swedberg went long in the corner for a three-pointer and shortly after, he drove the lane for two more.
Hayden Woodcox then hit a jumper followed by a couple baskets off the glass by Dillon Koop and Andrew Gardner. As the buzzer sounded, Koop was able to add another basket by putting in a rebound.
The Wildcats went in to the final period with a 36-29 lead and they weren’t about to back down. Their defense remained tough and the offense managed to put up an additional nine points.
The first two points of the quarter came off of a corner jump shot by Landon Swedberg and then Collin Swedberg once again turned a steal into two points.
Shane Anders later drained a three from well beyond the arc. The final two points came when Landon Swedberg stole the ball and went the distance for one last basket making the final score 45-35.
Leading the way for the Wildcats was Landon Swedberg with 20 points, five steals, three rebounds two blocks and two assists.
Collin Swedberg had eight points, three steals, one assist and one rebound and Dillon Koop had six points, four rebounds and one steal.
Wallace vs. Sandhills/Thedford
Wallace earned the right to face Sandhills/Thedford on night two of the tournament. In spite of momentum changes in the first half, the Wildcats always led in the game but it wasn’t until the second half that they took control of the game.
Landon Swedberg was the first to score for the Cats but shortly after, he committed two fouls and spent the rest of the half on the bench.
The change in the lineup did not phase the Wildcats as they took control of the game early on, thanks to the hot hand of Shane Anders.
Anders got a quick basket and then followed that up with a three-pointer. Hayden Woodcox, playing tough defense, stole the ball and passed it ahead to Collin Swedberg who got the easy bucket.
Anders then stepped up and drained another three and with the quarter half over, Wallace had a 12-4 lead.
The Knights settled down however, and closed the gap before the quarter came to an end. Collin Swedberg and Dillon Koop each added a basket to put four more points on the board but Sandhills/Thedford put up eight additional points. Wallace only led by a score of 16-12.
The Wildcats were only able to come up with three baskets in the second period of play. Collin Swedberg drove in for a layup, Jacob Melton drained a three and Andrew Gardner was able to kiss one off the glass. Even though the Cats were only able to put up seven points, their defense held the Knights to eight points to take a 23-20 lead in to halftime.
Wallace regrouped and came out in the third quarter to dominate as they scored 19 points and held the Knights to just seven points. Hayden Woodcox led the way for the Cats after the break. He came out and got things rolling when he drove the lane for a basket and one, he then hit a jumper. After Landon Swedberg got a basket and free throw, Woodcox hit another basket.
John Marquardt put in a basket and Jacob Melton drove the lane for his basket. After Landon Swedberg hit a three-pointer, he stole the ball and passed it ahead to Woodcox who got yet another basket. Wallace had a 42-27 lead going into the final quarter.
John Marquardt got things started for the Wildcats in the final period when he stole the ball and took it in for a layup and shortly after he made two free throws.
Landon Swedberg made a bucket as did Collin Swedberg and then Shane Anders added a free throw.
Late in the quarter, Andrew Gardner laid the ball in for two more Wildcat points. The final points of the game were three free throws made by Landon Swedberg.
Wallace defeated Sandhills/Thedford by a score of 56-41.
A number of Wildcats contributed in a big way to the Wallace victory. Landon Swedberg had 13 points, three steals, two assists and two rebounds and Hayden Woodcox had nine points, four steals, two assists and two rebounds.
Shane Anders also had nine points, nine rebounds and three blocks and Collin Swedberg had eight points, two assists and two rebounds. John Marquardt had six points, six steals, five assists and six rebounds.
Wallace traveled to Curtis to take on the Medicine Valley Raiders on Tuesday.
They will host Arthur County on Friday and then they will travel to Mullen on Saturday to take on the Broncos.