Wallace Wildcats surpass .500 mark on the season
By Travis McConnell
The Wallace Wildcat boys basketball team looks to be playing its best basketball of the season. The Wildcats have used a current three game winning streak to push their record above the .500 mark, at 8-7, for the first time this season since starting 2-1.
On Tuesday night the Wildcats traveled to Brady to take on the host Eagles. The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead but had to hold on to win 60-54.
Good shooting in the first quarter allowed the Wildcats to open the game with an 18-15 lead after one quarter. Shawn Christensen and Sean May got the Wildcats going by scoring the team’s first nine points. Lane Swedberg then scored the next seven for the Wildcats with two jumpers and a long three pointer to give the Wildcats a 16-10 lead late in the first quarter.
Brady was able to stay close behind the three point shooting of Christen Arterburn and Kyle Pohlman who combined for three three-pointers in the period.
Shawn Christensen got a rebound and put back to close the scoring in the first quarter.
The second quarter continued to be a back and forth battle, where the Wildcats never trailed, but also never led by more than five points. The Eagles ended the first half with a 5-0 run to knot things up at 32-32 at halftime.
The third quarter continued along the same lines as the first half. Christensen and Swedberg each had buckets in the lane to extend Wallace’s lead to four early in the quarter. Each time though the Eagles battled back.
Landon Swedberg then hit a three pointer and Lane Swedberg made two free throws followed by one of two free throws by May to extend the lead back to six for the Wildcats. But the Eagles once again ended the quarter with a 5-0 run to close within one at 43-42 at the end of three quarters.
May got the Wildcats started in the fourth quarter with two free throws and following a steal by Christensen, scored an old fashioned three point play to put Wallace up 48-42.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Brady’s Sawyer Burke made his own old fashioned three-point play to once again get Brady back in the game at 50-48.
Wallace then went on a 6-0 run on baskets by May and Lane Swedberg and two free throws by May.
Brady did cut the lead to four with 40 seconds to play, but the Wildcats hit 4-6 free throws to seal the six point win.
May led the Wildcats with 22 points. Lane Swedberg and Christensen each added 15.
Wallace vs Hayes Center
On Friday night the Wildcats traveled to Hayes Center to take on the short handed Cardinals.
Due to injury, suspension and illness the Cardinals were without three players.
The Wildcats took advantage of defensive pressure and blew open a close game by outscoring the Cardinals 28-9 in the second quarter to take a 46-20 lead at halftime.
Sean May scored 13 of his game high 22 points in the quarter mostly off of steals and lay ups.
The Wildcats continued to dominate in the third quarter, as they extended their lead to 36 points at 64-28 entering the final period.
The Wildcats reserves then played the entire fourth quarter and were outscored 17-3, but Wallace still cruised to a 67-45 victory.
May led the Wildcats with 22 points. Joining him in double figures were Shawn Christensen with 17 points and Lane Swedberg with 11 points.
The Wildcats will return home next week for two games when they host Stapleton-McPherson County on Thursday night (tonight) and Hitchcock County on Friday night.