|Wildcats’ season comes to an end with second round sub-district loss|
By Travis McConnell
The Wallace Wildcats picked up their fourth win of the year with a 50-34 win over Maywood in the opening round of sub-district play. However, their season came to end the following night with a 79-25 loss to top seeded Hayes Center.
Maywood and Wallace met in the first game of the season and the Wildcats used a big run midway through the fourth quarter to break open a back and forth battle. That was not the case this time, as the Wildcats took control early in the sub-district battle and the outcome was never in doubt.
The Wildcats used a very balanced attack as three players scored in double figures.
Sean May scored six first quarter points to jump start the Wildcats, as they raced to an early 10-3 lead. Lane Swedberg hit a three pointer late in the first quarter to give the Wildcats a 10 point lead at 13-3 entering the second quarter.
All five Wildcat starters scored in the second quarter as the Wildcats outscored the Tigers 20-10. Shawn Christensen led the charge with eight second-quarter points of his own and the Wildcats went to the locker room with a comfortable 33-13 lead.
Levi White hit two three-pointers for Maywood early in the third quarter to cut the lead to 35-20 and the Wildcats only managed three successful field goals in the third quarter. But, good defense and rebounding by the Wildcats ensured that the Tigers never got within 15 points in the third quarter.
After three quarters the Wildcats led 41-26.
May started the fourth quarter with a lay up and Swedberg hit two free throws and a long two point field goal to extend the Wildcat lead to 47-29 late in the game.
After five consecutive free throws by the Tigers, Ethan Scott capped the scoring in the game with a three pointer and the Wildcats finished with the impressive 16 point win.
Christensen and May each scored 14 to lead the Wildcats. Swedberg joined them in double figures with 11. Other Wildcats scorers included Ryan Sowle and Jordan Christner with four each and Scott with three points.
Maywood……3 10 13 8 34
Wallace……..13 20 8 9 50
Hayes Center 79 Wallace 25
After the first round win the Wildcats faced top seeded and state ranked Hayes Center.
The Cardinals wasted little time showing why they are one of the top teams in the state as they raced to a 23-7 lead after one quarter and a 45-10 lead at halftime.
The second half was not much different as Hayes Center outscored the Wildcats 32-15.
Ryan Sowle led the Wildcats with nine points. Sean May scored seven points. Shawn Christensen, Jordan Christner and Lane Swedberg scored four, three, and two points, respectively.
With the loss the Wildcats finished their season with a 4-16 record.
Wallace……......7 3 9 6 25
Hayes Center...23 22 21 13 79