|Wallace Wildcats defeat Cyclones, fall to Hitchcock County Falcons|
By Travis McConnell
The Wallace Wildcats picked up their third win of the year in Stapleton Thursday night, when they defeated the Stapleton/McPherson County Cyclones 55-48.
The Wildcats jumped on the Cyclones early behind the offensive play of Shawn Christensen and Sean May. The two combined for 15 first quarter points as the Wildcats raced to an early 19-7 lead after one quarter.
The Cyclones’ Todd Walz hit the only three pointer of the game for either team early in the second quarter to cut the Wildcat lead to nine. However, the Wildcats responded each time the Cyclones made a run and at halftime led 31-19.
In the third quarter the Cyclones picked up their defensive intensity and used their defense to create opportunities on offense. The increased defensive pressure allowed the Cyclones to limit the Wildcats to 10 third quarter points as they scored 15 points of their own to cut the Wildcat lead to 41-34 entering the fourth quarter.
Two quick lay-ups, one each by Christensen, and May, would be the Wildcats only field goals in the fourth quarter and extended the Wildcat lead to 45-34.
Following a timeout by Stapleton/McPherson County, the Cyclones decided to lengthen the game and make the Wildcats win it from the free throw line, as the Wildcats shot 21 free throws in the fourth quarter alone.
Good free throw shooting down the stretch by Lane Swedberg, who hit 4-6 free throws for the game and 3-4 in the final quarter, and Ethan Scott who hit both of his free throw attempts allowed the Wildcats to hang on for the seven point win.
Christensen led the Wildcats with 22 points. He was joined in double figures by May and Swedberg with 15 and 10 points, respectively. Other Wildcat scorers included Jordan Christner with four points and Ryan Sowle and Scott with two each.
Wallace 19 12 10 14 55
SMC 7 12 15 14 48
Wallace vs Trenton
On Friday night the Wildcats traveled to Trenton looking to build on the momentum from having won two of their last three games, as they took on the Hitchcock County Falcons.
Unfortunately, the Falcons’ Zac Cruz had other plans as he scored 37 points including eight three pointers as the Falcons cruised to an 83-69 victory.
Cruz hit his first four three point attempts, including two from at least six feet behind the arc, in the first quarter, as the Falcons jumped out to a 20-6 lead after the first period.
“It didn’t matter who guarded him or where he was on the floor,” said Wildcat coach Dean Franzen. “If he (Cruz) got the shot off it went in.”
The Wildcats battled in the second quarter and outscored the Falcons 20-18, but still trailed 38-26 at halftime.
Sean May did his best to keep the Wildcats in the game, scoring 20 second half points, including three shots from behind the three point arc, but it wasn’t enough as Cruz and company outscored the Wildcats 45-43 in the second half.
May led the Wildcats with 28 points. Shawn Chistensen added 18 points. Other scorers included Jordan Christner with nine points, Lane Swedberg with eight points and Ryan Sowle with six points.
Wallace 6 20 17 26 69
Hitchcock Co 20 18 25 20 83
The Wildcats will travel to Chappell on Friday night for their final regular season game of the year, as they will take on the Creek Valley Storm. Tip off for the boys’ JV game is scheduled for 6 p.m.