By Gabrielle Ledbetter
The Wildcats hosted Western Reserve Roughriders on Dec. 7. The varsity team fell to the Roughriders, 50-40. Coach Tom Howell commented, “We knew coming into Friday it was going to be a tough physical game. I thought we played some very good defense and played with a lot of effort. Rebounding hurt us. Offensively we did some very good things. We just didn’t shoot well. You are not going to win many games shooting 37 percent. I think if we would have shot 40 percent, then we could have pulled this game out. The shooting will come. Believe it or not we can shoot the basketball as a team. Shots just aren’t dropping right now. This was a good team effort. We will need the same effort for this Friday against South Central.”
Karson Howell and Ben Crawshaw led the team in scoring 11 points each. Jacob Allen eight, Ashton Carruthers seven, and Colin Cole had three. Jacob Allen was two for three at the foul line, and Karson Howell was two for four.
Karson Howell commented, “In the Western game, we actually didn’t play bad we just didn’t make shots when we needed to and rebounding also hurt us. The South Central game this coming Friday, I’m very excited for it. Yeah, they’re a good team, but we are as well. I also think if we play the way we want to play we can get the win against them. I personally have many goals for the season, but most importantly, I want to have a winning record as a team and also get past sectionals this year.”
Jacob Allen commented, “I think the Western game went pretty good. As a team we had an off shooting night, which is going to happen, but in all it was probably the best game we’ve played as a team. I believe the South Central game will go good as long as we play together and do the best that we can. We will work hard during practice this week and get ready to go and play the best we can against them. My goal for this season is to make an impact on the team wherever I’m needed.”
The junior varsity team also lost in a tough battle against Western. Final score of game was 34-30. Grant Heilman led the team with ten points. Parker Ruble had six points, and Isaac Pope and Ronnie Olm had five points each. Coach David Gentry stated, “We had several chances down the stretch to tie or take the lead, but just couldn’t execute. We will be back to work on Friday against South Central.”
The Wildcats will host the Trojans on Friday, Dec. 14. The junior varsity will begin at 6 p.m., with the varsity game to follow. The Wildcats will host the Monroeville Eagles on Saturday, Dec. 15.