Nora Jameson

Wallace senior Blake Pelster takes it to the hoop as Maywood-Hayes Center’s Ethan Broker defends in their game on Friday.

Wildcats split first week

The Wallace Wildcats got their basketball season underway last Thursday when they hosted the Wauneta/Palisade Broncos. The game stayed pretty tight in the first half.

The Wildcats started the game with the momentum but as the quarter progressed, the Broncos settled down and came back to tie the game at 12 by the time the first quarter ended. The second quarter went back and forth and it too ended in a tie with each team having 20 points.

Wa/Pa came out to take control of the third quarter. They got a free throw and a bucket and then turned four steals into baskets to quickly take an 11-point lead. The Cats came storming back and early in the fourth quarter, they were within one point.

It was then that the Broncos lit it up from beyond the arc and drained four 3-pointers and tacked on another two baskets off of steals to increase their lead to 15 . Wallace continued to battle but they fell short.  The Broncos went away with the 56 - 43 win.

Kolton Hager was the leading scorer with 13 points, Blake Pelster had 11 points, Micah Swedberg had 10, Ethan Bowlin had five and Kaden Hager had four.

The Wildcats traveled to Hayes Center on Friday evening to take on Maywood/Hayes Center. It seemed that it took a bit for both teams to find their rhythm but as the game progressed, Wallace got things going and never looked back.

The Cats only had a 10 - 6 lead at the end of the first quarter but by halftime, they had a commanding 31-11 lead. While it took a bit for their offense to heat up, the defense started the second half on fire. The first six points in the third quarter came off of steals and M-HC was held to just one point. The final period brought a pretty balanced game as the teams exchanged baskets. With the JV games being cut short due to weather, most of the 4th quarter was for the younger players. 

The final scored ended at a 54-23 Wallace victory.  Those scoring points for the Wildcats were Micah Swedberg with 16, Blake Pelster with 13, Kolton Hager with 11, Camden, McConnell, Kaden Hager each with 4 four and Ethan Bowlin,  Aidan Kennicutt and Jerad Phillips all had two.  

Up next for Wallace will be Eustis-Farnam. The Wildcats will host the Knights on Friday, Dec. 7. 

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