|Wallace Wildcats defeat South Platte, fall to Paxton|
By Travis McConnell
The Wallace Wildcats won their fourth game of the season in a blowout, 80-26, Thursday night when they traveled to Big Springs to take on the South Platte Blue Knights.
It wasn’t always smooth sailing for the Wildcats, who actually trailed 6-4 at one point early in the contest. But, the Wildcats’ full court pressure led to four straight steals and three layups by Sean May and one by Lane Swedberg as the Wildcats took a 12-8 lead.
Landon Swedberg and Lane Swedberg then hit back to back three pointers and a free throw by Shawn Christensen followed by baskets by Ryan Sowle and May allowed the Wildcats to end the first quarter on a 19-0 run and take a 23-6 lead.
The second quarter was much of the same as the Wildcats continued to roll. May scored seven of his game high 21 points in the quarter and five other Wildcats found the hoop to extend the Wildcat lead to 43-11 at halftime.
Despite the comfortable lead, the Wildcats did not have a let down in the second half outscoring the Blue Knights 24-10 in the third quarter. Offensively, the Wildcats were very balanced as six players scored at least one basket in the quarter and the Wildcats increased their lead to 67-21 entering the fourth quarter.
All 15 Wallace players whosuited up saw action in the second half as the reserves took over for the entire fourth quarter. Taylor Doell got the Wildcats started with a three-pointer, one of six for the Wildcats in the contest, to extend the lead to 70-21.
Josh Grauerholtz hit a free throw and Shane Anders a three pointer to continue the good shooting for the Wildcats. Tyler McCoy then capped the scoring with back to back buckets to end the game.
The Wildcats shot a season high 54 percent from the field and hit a season high six three-pointers during the easy win.
May led the Wildcats with 21 points. Joining him in double figures were Christensen with 11 and Lane Swedbeg and Doell with 10 each.
Other Wildcat scorers included Landon Swedberg with nine, Sowle with five, Jordan Christner, McCoy and Anders with four. Jose Arivizo and Grauerholtz each hit one free throw.
Wallace vs Paxton
On Friday night the Wildcats returned home to host the 8-2 Paxton Tigers.
A slow start offensively, the Wildcats only scored one field goal in the first quarter, which was costly as they fell 64-40.
While the Wildcats were struggling the Tigers were hitting on all cylinders. Five players scored as the Tigers raced to an 18-2 lead.
A free throw and bucket by Sean May made the score 18-5 at the end of the first quarter.
Two field goals by Ryan Sowle and a three-pointer by Lane Swedberg allowed the Wildcats to cut the lead to eight at 20-12, but the Tigers finished the second quarter with an 18-4 run to make the score 38-16 at halftime.
May and Swedberg each hit three-pointers in the third quarter and Shawn Christensen hit two field goals, but it was enough as Paxton extended their lead to 54-28 after three quarters.
The Wildcats did manage to outscore the Tigers in the fourth quarter, 12-10, but the Tigers still cruised to the 24 point victory.
May and Swedberg each scored 11 points to lead the Wildcats. Christensen and Sowle each added six. Other scorers included Jordan Christner and Ethan Scott with four and two points, respectively.
With the loss the Wildcats fall to 4-5 on the season.
The Wildcats enter the RPAC Tournament Saturday at Hayes Center after first hosting Arthur County tonight (Thursday).