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HS Boys Basketball (VF/Battle) BY ALAN BRAKE
January 13, 2014Montgomery County High School
BASKETBALL WILDCATS WIN FIRST 2 GAMES OF 2014
RECORD IMPROVES TO 9-0
The Montgomery County R-2 Wildcats’ Basketball team got 2014 off to a good start by winning their first 2 games of the year. On Friday, January 3, they hosted and defeated Van-Far 77-53 in an East Missouri (EMO) Conference game. Then last Friday, January 10, they hosted and defeated Battle (new high school in Columbia) 67-59 in a non-conference game.
With these games the Wildcats’ overall record improved to 9 wins and 0 losses. Their EMO Conference record is now 3-0.
The Wildcats were also supposed to play Centralia last Tuesday, January 7, but that game was postponed due to the inclement weather. That game has been rescheduled for February 3, a Monday, and is a home game. Also, the postponed game with New Haven (to have been played December 13) has been rescheduled for next Thursday, January 23. That game will be played at New Haven.
Although this was Montgomery County’s first game in two weeks, the Wildcats showed no “rust” in their game against Van-Far. 8 different players scored at least 2 points in the first quarter, as Montgomery County took a 22-13 lead by the end of the quarter. The second quarter was even better, as Montgomery County outscored VF 27-16 and led 49-29 at halftime.
In the third quarter the Wildcats took up where they left off in the first half, as they outscored VF 18-7 to lead 67-36 at the end of the quarter. Van-Far was able to outscore the Wildcats 17-10 in the fourth quarter, but that wasn’t near enough points and Montgomery County won the game 77-53.
Jerad Jordan led the Wildcats in scoring with 17 points (3 field goals/FGs, 2 3-pointers, and 5 of 8 free throws/FTs). He was followed in the scoring by Justin Hall and Cameron Parrish with 14 points each (Hall 6 FGs/2 of 4 FTs, and Parrish 5 FGs/1 3-pointer/1 of 2 FTs); Jacob Davis with 8 points (4 FGs); Chase Parrish with 6 points (3 FGs); Kyle Kroll with 5 points (1 FG/1 3-pointers); Dylan Skeens, Chase Worsham, and Nick Galarza with 3 points each (each with 1 FG and 1 of 2 FTs); and Jackson Bishop and Brian Davis with 2 points each (Bishop 2 of 2 FTs, and Davis 1 FG). Travis Oden also played in the game, but did not score.
Battle High School is the new high school in Columbia, with an enrollment of around 1,100 students. There are no Seniors this year at the school, so the Wildcats were facing a team that was made up of Juniors and Sophomores. However, having almost 3 times as many students/players to choose from than Montgomery County, the Spartans had a very talented team despite their lack of experience at the Varsity level.
Although Montgomery County’s defense allowed only 2 Battle players to score in the first quarter, the Wildcats found themselves trailing 14-11 at the end of the quarter. However, the Wildcats bounced back to outscore Battle 21-13 in the second quarter (including making 10 of 13 free throws) to lead 32-27 at halftime.
The two teams played evenly in the first 3 minutes of the third quarter, with each team scoring 6 points to make the score 38-33. However, the Wildcats then outscored Battle 12-6 over the remaining 5 minutes of the quarter to lead 50-39 at the end of the quarter.
Battle would not give up nor give in, and started making a comeback in the fourth quarter. However, each time Battle would get within 5-7 points of Montgomery County, the Wildcats would make a key basket or a couple of free throws to extend their lead back to 7-9 points. In the end the Wildcats made 13 of 19 free throws in the last quarter, and even though they were outscored 20-17 by Battle, they held on to win the game 67-59.
Kroll led the Wildcats in scoring in this game with 16 points (1 FG/2 3-pointers/8 of 9 FTs). He was followed in the scoring by Jordan, Cameron Parrish and Chase Parrish with 11 points each (Jordan 1 FG/1 3-pointer/6 of 6 FTs, Cameron 2 FGs/1 3-pointer/4 of 5 FTs, and Chase 3 FGs/5 of 7 FTs); Hall with 10 points (4 FGs/2 of 7 FTs); J. Davis with 6 points (2 FGs/2 of 4 FTs); and Worsham with 2 points (1 FG); Bishop, B. Davis, and Skeens also played in the game, but did not score.
This week the Wildcats (and Lady Wildcats) are playing in the South Callaway Tournament. The Wildcats, who are seeded #1 in the tournament, played their first game on Monday night, January 13, against Russellville.
The Wildcats will play their second game of the tournament on Wednesday, at 6:00 p.m., against either South Callaway or North Callaway. If they won on Monday, they will play in the SC High School gym. If they lost on Monday, they will play in the Middle School gym.
The Wildcats will also play a third game on Friday or Saturday. Which day they play, their opponent, the time of their game, and in which gym they play will not be known until after all of the boys’ games are played on Wednesday.
Next week the Wildcats will play 3 non-conference games. On Tuesday, January 21, they will host Warrenton. On Thursday, January 23, they will play the make up game at New Haven. Then on Friday, January 24, they will host Owensville. On all 3 nights the Jr. Varsity game will be played first, starting at 6:00 p.m. The Varsity game will start around 7:30.
Congratulations to the Wildcats on their successful start to 2014! Best wishes as you play in the SC Tournament, and then move on to the rest of the season!