Wallace Wildcats wind down season
By LaDonna Swedberg
Wallace was involved in two challenging road games last week as they faced off with Stapleton/McPherson County on Thursday and then they traveled to Trenton to once again do battle with Hitchcock County.
Hayden Woodcox got things started for Wallace by hitting a short jumper.
As the quarter progressed, Shane Anders put in a three-pointer, Woodcox scored on a put back and Landon Swedberg got two free throws and a jump shot. The first quarter ended with the scored tied at 11.
Wallace lit it up in the second quarter by putting up 25 points. SMC responded by getting the next five points but it was a short lived push because the Wildcats went off for 11 unanswered points.
Anders led the charge with two free throws, a successful drive to the basket and an old fashioned three point play. Dillon Koop added a basket and Swedberg hit a shot from beyond the arc to cap off the 11 point run. After the Cyclones got a bucket and a free throw, Swedberg dropped in another three-pointer and then Jacob Melton drove in for two. Wallace went in at half time leading 36-23.
Hayden Woodcox was the first to put points on the board in the second half, he knocked down a three-pointer to get things started.
The Cyclones kept coming back with points of their own but then Swedberg squelched their enthusiasm when he put in seven quick points. Anders put the explanation point on the quarter when he dumped in one last three-pointer before the buzzer to give the Wildcats a 53-35 lead going in to the final period.
Wallace put up 21 additional points while holding SMC to just 10. Wallace defeated SMC 74-45 as they were led by Anders and Landon Swedberg. Anders finished the night with 27 points, four assists, 12 rebounds and one blocked shot. Landon also had 27 points along with three steals, five assists and 11 rebounds.
Wallace vs. Hitchcock Co.
Friday night the Wildcats went round two with the Hitchcock County Falcons. Landon Swedberg hit a jump shot for the first points of the game but the Falcons responded when Daniel Arp put in a hook shot.
The Wildcats went off on an 10-0 run; it started with Andrew Gardner putting one in off the glass.
Shane Anders then put in a three-pointer and shortly after that John Marquardt turned a steal into two points. The Falcons were able to end the quarter with the final two baskets to cut into the Wallace lead.
The Wildcats started the second quarter with a 14-8 lead but they watched it quickly disappear. After Swedberg put in the first two points, the Falcons put up the next seven points.
Gardner got a free throw and then HCC put up another six unanswered points to take the lead.
Hayden Woodcox got a bucket and Gardner added a free throw but the Falcons responded with eight more points. Marquardt hit a buzzer beater to give the Wildcats a little half time encouragement as they trailed the Falcons 23-29.
Wallace played tough in the third quarter and stayed right with HCC but they could not cut into their lead. Despite their efforts, The Wildcats were still down 38-45.
As the final period got underway, it looked as if the Falcons had saved their best for last; they took control early and didn’t let up.
The scoring pattern continued, two baskets for HCC and then a Wildcat score. Landon Swedberg finally broke the pattern when he hit a free throw and then he knocked down two three-pointers. Collin Swedberg put in the last three points for Wallace by making free throws.
Hitchcock County defeated Wallace by a score of 66-53. Leaders for the Wildcats were Landon Swedberg with 15 points, one steal, one assist, five rebounds and one blocked shot; Marquardt had 10 points, two steals, six assists and two rebounds.