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WC and BG HS Boys Basketball Report by Alan Brake
January 3, 2014Montgomery County High School
BASKETBALL WILDCATS FINISH 2013 PART OF THE SEASON
WITH A PERFECT 7-0 RECORD
The Montgomery County R-2 Wildcats’ Basketball team won their first 2 East Missouri (EMO) Conference games of the 2013-14 season the week before the Christmas Break, and improved their overall record to 7 wins and 0 losses. On Tuesday, December 17, they hosted and defeated Bowling Green 67-58. Then on Friday, December 20, they traveled to Wright City and won 64-45. Obviously, the Wildcats’ EMO Conference record is 2-0.
BOWLING GREEN GAME
The Wildcats took a ten-point lead in the first quarter 19-9 of this game, and then maintained a 7-10 point lead the rest of the game. Jerad Jordan had the hot hand for the Wildcats in the first quarter, as he made 3 3-pointers and 1 field goal/FG to score 11 of the Wildcats 19 points. Four other Wildcats scored at least 1 point in the quarter to give the Wildcats their 19-9 lead.
Bowling Green is a scrappy, young team, and the Bobcats were not about to give up. In fact, they outscored the Wildcats 20-17 in the second quarter to close the score to 36-29 at halftime.
The third and fourth quarters were just as close as the second quarter, but the Wildcats came away with a 2-point edge in the second half to secure the win. The Wildcats outscored BG 14-12 in the third quarter to lead 50-41 at the end of the quarter. The teams played dead even in the fourth quarter, as each team scored 17 points. The Wildcats secured the win with great free throw shooting in this quarter, making 10 of 14 free throws/FTs, to win 67-58.
Jordan led the Wildcats in scoring with 24 points (4 FGs/4 3-pointers/4 of 4 FTs). He was followed in the scoring by Kyle Kroll with 14 points (4 3-pointers/5 of 6 FTs); Justin Hall with 10 points (5 FGs/0 of 2 FTs); Chase Parrish with 9 points (3 3-pointers); Cameron Parrish and Chase Worsham with 4 points each (Parrish 1 FG/2 of 2 FTs, and Worsham 2 FGs); and Jackson Bishop and Jacob Davis with 1 point each (each 1 of 2 FTs). Brian Davis and Dylan Skeens also played in the game, but did not score.
WRIGHT CITY GAME
The Wildcats had another “offensive explosion” in the second and third quarter of this game (like they did in the South Callaway game on December 10) to win by 19 points. The game started slowly, as the Wildcats had 6 different players score 2 points in the first quarter, and Wright City had 4 different players score 2 points to make the score 12-8.
Then in the second quarter Jerad and Cameron combined to score 21 points and Worsham added 2 more for the Wildcats 23 points. WC tried to stay with Montgomery County by scoring 16 points, but the Wildcats still led 35-24 at halftime.
The Wildcats did not let up after the halftime break, as the defense tightened up and held WC to just 7 points in the third quarter. Meanwhile, the tight defense led to several WC turnovers and more offense for the Wildcats. 7 different Wildcats scored at least 1 point in the quarter, as Montgomery County outscored WC 19-7 to take a 54-31 lead.
The Wildcats only made 1 basket in the fourth quarter, but made 8 of 10 free throws for 10 points. Wright City was able to outscore the Wildcats in the fourth quarter by scoring 14 points, but it wasn’t near enough and Montgomery County won the game 64-35.
All 10 Wildcat players scored in this game. Jordan led the Wildcats in scoring with 19 points (4 FGs/2 3-pointers/5 of 8 FTs). He was followed in the scoring by Cameron Parrish with 15 points (4 FGs/1 3-pointer/3 of 3 FTs); B. Davis and Kroll with 6 points each (Davis 2 FGs/2 of 4 FTs, and Kroll 1 FG/4 of 4 FTs); Hall, Worsham, Bishop and Chase Parrish with 4 points each (Hall and Worsham 2 FGs each, and Bishop and Parrish 1 FG/2 of 2 FTs); Skeens with 2 points (1 FG); and J. Davis with 1 point (1 of 2 FTs).
The Wildcats were scheduled to start the 2014 season on Friday, January 3, as they and the Lady Wildcats were scheduled to host Van-Far in another EMO Conference game. A report on these games should be in next week’s Standard, as the games had not been played when this report was written (during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season).
If the weather allows, the Wildcats will play two non-conference games at home this week. On Tuesday, January 7 they will host Centralia. Then on Friday, January 10, they will play Battle High School (new high school in Columbia, MO). On both nights the Jr. Varsity game will be played first at 6:00 p.m. The Varsity game will follow around 7:30.
Next week the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats will play in the South Callaway Tournament. The Wildcats will play their first game on Monday night, while the Lady Wildcats play their first game on Tuesday night. A separate report on the tournament is in this week’s Standard.
Congratulations to the Wildcats on their perfect start to the 2013-14 season. Best wishes as you play in the SC Tournament and continue on in 2014!