|Wildcats show improvement despite weekend losses|
By Travis McConnell
Coming off a blowout loss at Wauneta-Palisade during the season’s opening weekend, the Wallace Wildcats hosted another very talented team in the Maxwell Wildcats last Friday.
Despite losing 67-49, Wallace showed signs that they did learn some positive things the weekend before.
The Wallace Wildcats had little trouble with Maxwell’s full court pressure defense; however, they did not have an answer for Maxwell senior Darin Williams who scored 13 first quarter points.
Maxwell never did go on a big run during the game, but slowly and methodically built a 21-10 first quarter lead.
The second quarter was much of the same, as Wallace had little trouble handling the full court press, but struggled to hit shots from the outside and Maxwell steadily increased their lead to 39-19 at halftime.
After halftime the Wallace Wildcats switched to a man-to-man defense that slowed Maxwell a little and gave Wallace a jump
start on offense. Lane Swedberg, Taylor Doell and Sean May all hit three pointers in the third period and Maxwell only outscored Wallace 16-14 in the third quarter.
Despite trailing 55-33 entering the fourth quarter, the Wallace Wildcats continued to play hard and execute their fast paced offense. May benefited from several long outlet passes that lead to easy lay-ups as he scored 11 of his game high 23 points in the fourth quarter.
The Wallace Wildcats outscored the Maxwell Wildcats 16-12 in the fourth quarter, but Maxwell still earned the 18 point victory.
Another bright spot for Wallace came at the free throw line, where they hit 15 of 22 free throws (68 percent) for the game.
May led the Wildcats with 23 points including 8-10 free throws. Shawn Christensen added 12 points. Other scorers included Swedberg with nine points, Doell with three points and Ryan Sowle with two points.
Maxwell….21 18 16 12 67
Wallace…..10 9 14 16 49
On Saturday the Wildcats traveled to Arnold to take on the Arnold Cardinals.
A fast start by Arnold propelled them to a 32-18 lead at halftime.
After halftime the Wildcats switched to full court man to man defense and caused all kinds of trouble for the Cardinals. Lane Swedberg and Sean May both used good defensive pressure to create steals that led to easy baskets.
Wallace used the pressure man- to-man defense to outscore the Cardinals 22-8 in the third quarter and tie the game at 40-40 entering the final period.
However, the Wildcats used too much energy during the third quarter comeback and looked like they had run out of gas in the fourth quarter, as Arnold held on for a 56-52 win.
Swedberg scored a career high 21 points to lead the Wildcats. May joined him in double figures with 17. Shawn Christensen, Taylor Doell and Justin Christner added six, four and two points respectively.
Wallace….6 12 22 12 52
Arnold…15 17 8 16 56
The Wildcats will host the Sutherland Sailors on Thursday night. This will be the final game before the Christmas break.