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MS Boys Basketball Report by Alan Brake
January 25, 2014Montgomery County High School
8TH BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM FINISHES 2013-14 SEASON
WITH TWO WINS AND A LOSS
The Montgomery County R-2 Wildcats 8th Grade Boys’ Basketball team finished their 2013-14 season with 3 games the week of January 13-17. Their 11-game winning streak came to an end with a loss to Warrenton, but then they bounced back from that defeat by winning their last 2 games of the season.
On Monday, January 13, they traveled to Warrenton and lost 44-35. On Thursday, January 16, the Wildcats defeated Wright City 51-28 (a team that had defeated them last year). Then on Friday, January 17, they ended their season with by defeating Winfield 65-11. With these games the 8th Graders ended the 2013-14 season with a record of 13 wins and 2 losses.
In this game, the Wildcats faced a team that they barely defeated twice last year as 7th Graders. This game was just as close and exciting as last year’s games, as each team scored 11 points in the first quarter and 13 points in the second quarter to make the score 24-24 at halftime.
In the first quarter the teams basically exchanged field goals and free throws, as neither team had more than a 2-point lead. In the second quarter Warrenton was able to get out to a 19-14 lead, and a 22-17 lead before the Wildcats were able to rally back and the score right before halftime to tie the game at 24-24.
One disappointing thing about the half was that the Wildcats missed 3-4 wide open lay-ups and/or rebound shots, and 3-4 short jump shots in this half that could have given them a comfortable lead at halftime. This would come back to haunt them in the second half, when Warrenton began to pull away again.
Warrenton scored the first 5 points of the second half to take a 29-24 lead, but the Wildcats outscored Warrenton 6-4 the rest of the quarter to close the score to 33-30. Unfortunately that was as close as the Wildcats would get, as Warrenton outscored Montgomery County 11-5 in the fourth quarter to pull away to a 44-35 win. The “easy shots” that were missed in the first half could have led to a totally different game in the second half.
Aubrey Nelson led the Wildcats in scoring in this game with 19 points (4 field goals/FGs, 3 3-pointers, and 2 of 3 free throws/FTs). He was followed in the scoring by Corey Kroll with 7 points (3 FGs/1 of 3 FTs); John Shaw with 4 points (1 FG/2 of 3 FTs); Tim Hall and Skyler Hutcheson with 2 points each (each made 1 FG); and Cole Curry with 1 point (1 of 2 FTs). Chris Harrison also played in this game, but did not score.
WRIGHT CITY GAME
Wright City scored the first basket of the game to take a 2-0 lead, which would be the only lead WC would have in the game. It took Montgomery County a while to get the offense going, but by the end of the first quarter they led WC 10-3. The Wildcats then outscored WC 19-9 in the second quarter to make the score 29-12 at halftime.
Wright City scored the first 4 points of the third quarter to make the score 29-16, but the Wildcats responded by outscoring WC 11-2 the rest of the quarter to lead 40-18. The fourth quarter was a bit more even, as the Wildcats outscored WC 11-10 to win the game 51-28.
Nelson led the Wildcats in scoring in this game with 12 points (1 FG/2 3-pointers/4 of 5 FTs). He was followed in the scoring by Hutcheson with 11 points (4 FGs/1 3-pointer); Hall with 9 points (2 FG/5 of 6 FTs); Kroll with 8 points (3 FGs/2 of 2 FTs); Adam Jordan and Shaw with 4 points each (2 FGs); and Curry with 3 points (1 FG/1 of 2 FTs). Harrison, Ethan Beaver, Mercury Murray and Tucker Walls also played in this game, but did not score.
This game was never close, as the Wildcats outscored Winfield 26-2 in the first quarter. Within the first couple of minutes of the second quarter all 11 Wildcat players had played and 7 of them had scored at least 2 points. The Wildcats outscored Winfield 11-0 in the quarter and led 37-2 at halftime. The second half was more of the same, as the Wildcats outscored Winfield 15-3 in the third quarter and 13-6 in the fourth quarter to win the game 65-11.
Nelson led the Wildcats in scoring in this game with 18 points (7 FGs/4 of 57 FTs). He was followed in the scoring by Harrison with 10 points (3 FGs/1 3-pointer/1 of 1 FTs); Kroll and Jordan with 9 points each (3 FGs/1 3-pointer each); Shaw with 5 points (1 FG/1 3-pointer); Beaver, Curry, and Hutcheson with 4 points each (2 FGs each); and Hall with 2 points (1 FG). Murray and Walls also played in this game, but did not score.
Congratulations to the 8th Graders on a very successful 2013-14 season. Best Wishes as you move on to playing basketball at the high school level over the next 4 years. We hope you will continue the success you have had this season. Go Wildcats!
7TH GRADE BOYS’ BASKETBALL SEASON ENDS WITH 5 GAMES IN ONE WEEK
The Montgomery County R-2 Wildcats 7th Grade Boys’ Basketball team finished the 2013-14 season by playing 5 games in 6 days the week of January 13-18. They played 2 games in the annual Wildcat 7th Grade Classic, 1 regularly scheduled game, and 2 “make-up” games from games that were cancelled earlier this month due to the bad weather.
The first game was a “make-up” game played on Monday, January 13, at Warrenton, and the Wildcats lost 33-31. The second “make-up” game was played on Thursday, January 16, against Wright City, which the Wildcats won 35-16. The regularly scheduled game was played on Friday, January 17, which the Wildcats won 48-29.
In the 7th Grade Classic the Wildcats played Warrenton in the first game on Wednesday, January 15 and lost 40-29. Then on Saturday, January 18, in the last game of the tournament and the season, the Wildcats suffered a tough 37-34 loss to Orchard Farm. With these games the 7th Grade ended the 2013-14 season with a record of 4 wins and 9 losses.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first 2 minutes of this game, but failed to have continued success. Warrenton outscored the Wildcats 4-3 over the remaining 4 minutes of the quarter to close the score to 7-4.
Warrenton outscored Montgomery County 5-2 in the first part of the second quarter to tie the score at 9-9. Warrenton then went on to outscore the Wildcats 9-0 over the rest of the quarter to lead 18-9 at halftime.
The Wildcats got back to doing things right in the third quarter and began to chip away at Warrenton’s lead, as they outscored Warrenton 11-8 in the quarter to make the score 26-20. The Wildcats scored the first 2 points of the fourth quarter to cut the score to 26-22, but Warrenton then scored the next 3 points to take a 29-22. Although the Wildcats were struggling, they didn’t give up and started another comeback. They scored 4 points in the last minute of the game to cut the score to 33-31, but time ran out and Warrenton won the game.
Lance Davidson led the Wildcats in scoring with 9 points (3 field goals/FGs and 3 of 7 free throws/FTs). He was followed in the scoring by Hyrum Bishop and Jackson Larkin with 6 points each (Bishop 1 FG/4 of 5 FTs, and Larkin (1 FG/4 of 6 FTs); Malachi Davis with 5 points (2 FGs/1 of 2 FTs); Colin Parrish with 3 points (1 FG/1 of 5 FTs); and Tristan Camp with 2 points (1 FG). Jacob Francois, Jacob Queathem, Trenton Schroeder, and J.D. Wright also played in this game, but did not score.
WRIGHT CITY GAME
Montgomery County jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the first part of the first quarter, and then gradually built its lead throughout the game. The teams played even the rest of the first quarter, at 3-3, to give the Wildcats an 8-5 lead at the end of the quarter. The Wildcats then outscored WC 11-4 in the second quarter to lead 19-9 at halftime.
After having a “bad quarter” in each of the two previous games against Warrenton, the Wildcats turned the tables against Wright City in the third quarter by outscoring WC 14-0. This gave Montgomery County a 33-9 at the end of the quarter. WC did outscore Montgomery County 7-2 in the fourth quarter, but the Wildcats came away with a 35-16 win.
Camp and Parrish led the Wildcats in scoring with 9 points each (Camp 4 FGs/1 of 3 FTs, and Parrish 3 FGs/1 3-pointer/0 of 2 FTs). They were followed in the scoring by Larkin with 5 points (1 FG/1 3-pointer); Davidson and Davis with 4 points each (2 FGs/0 of 3 FTs each); and Francois and Wright with 2 points each (1 FG each). Bishop, Noah Lee, Queathem, Elijah Robinson, Schroeder, and Justin Scheid also played in the game, but did not score.
Playing their third game in three nights, the Wildcats were able to get off to an even better start than the previous night against Wright City, as they outscored Winfield 13-3 in the first quarter. The second quarter was similar, as the Wildcats outscored Winfield 16-5 to lead 29-8 at halftime.
The teams played more evenly in the second half. The Wildcats outscored Winfield 12-10 in the third quarter to make the score 41-18. Then Winfield outscored the Wildcats 11-7 in the fourth quarter to make the final score 48-29.
Bishop and Camp led the Wildcats in scoring with 12 points each (Bishop 3 FGs/6 of 8 FTs, and Camp 2 FGs/1 3-pointer/5 of 6 FTs). They were followed in the scoring by Parrish with 10 points (4 FGs/2 of 5 FTs); Davidson with 6 points (2 FGs/2 of 6 FTs); Justin Scheid with 3 points each (1 FG/1 FT); Larkin and Schroeder with 2 points each (1 FG each); and Davis with 1 point (1 FT). Francois, Lee, Queathem, Robinson, and Wright also played in the game, but did not score.
7TH CLASSIC GAME VS. WARRENTON
As was mentioned at the beginning of this report the Wildcats played Warrenton in the first game of the Classic, which was the second time these teams had played each other in just three days. This game involved several scoring runs by both teams, which eventually Warrenton won.
The game started with Warrenton going on a 9-0 scoring run in the first 3 minutes of the game. However, the Wildcats came back with a 7-0 scoring run over the last 3 minutes of the first quarter to make the score 9-7 at the end of the quarter. Unfortunately Warrenton kept the Wildcats scoreless in the second quarter, while scoring 9 points to lead 18-7 at halftime.
The Wildcats started the second half with a 6-0 run to cut the score to 18-13. The teams then exchanged baskets to make the score 20-15. However, during the rest of the third quarter Warrenton went on a 12-0 scoring run to make the score 32-15 at the end of the quarter.
Once again, the Wildcats made another comeback as they started the fourth quarter with a 7-0 run to make the score 32-22.
Davidson led the Wildcats in scoring in this game with 9 points (3 FGs/3 of 4 FTs). He was followed in the scoring by Camp and Parrish with 6 points each (Camp 1 FG/4 of 10 FTs, and Parrish 1 FG/4 of 7 FTs); and Davis and Larkin with 4 points each (Davis 1 FG/2 of 4 FTs, and Larkin 2 FGs). Bishop, Garrett Day, Francois, Lee, Queathem, Robinson, Scheid, Schroeder, and Wright also played in the game, but did not score.
7TH CLASSICE GAME VS. ORCHARD FARM
In facing Orchard Farm, the Wildcats were playing a team that had 2-3 very talented players. However, the Wildcats had just won 2 games in a row and had watched Warrenton defeat OF earlier in the day (even though OF had defeated Warrenton by 20+ points earlier in the season). With this momentum the Wildcats were ready to come away with another win, and they almost got it done.
The Wildcats did fall behind early in the game, trailing 7-2 through the first half of the quarter. However, they started coming back by outscoring OF 6-4 (making 6 of 9 free throws) the rest of the way to only trail 11-8 at the end of the quarter.
The Wildcats continued to play solid defense and also continued to attack offense, which led to several fouls by OF. As a result, the Wildcats made 11 of 12 free throws and 2 baskets to score 15 points and held OF to only 4 points to lead 23-15 at halftime.
The Wildcats then outscored OF 8-6 in the third quarter to lead 31-21 going into the final quarter of the season. All sorts of “excuses” could be used here (4th game in 4 days, 5th game in 6 days, 7th Graders don’t usually shoot free throws that well, poor coaching decisions, etc.), but what happened is that the 2-3 talented OF players began to assert themselves and although they put forth their best effort the young Wildcats only made 1 of 6 free throws and only 1 basket in the last quarter for only 3 points.
Orchard Farm would score 15 points in the last quarter, taking the lead at 35-34 with a 3-point shot with about 50 seconds left. On their last 2-3 possessions the Wildcats did what they were supposed to do and took good shots, but the ball didn’t go in the basket. OF made 2 free throws with less than 10 seconds left in the game. The Wildcats were able to attempt a last second shot in their frontcourt, but the shot was blocked and the game and season ended with a very tough loss.
Bishop and Davidson led the Wildcats in scoring with 9 points each (Bishop 1 FG/7 of 13 FTs, and Davidson 2 FGs/7 of 8 FTs). They were followed in the scoring by Parrish with 5 points each (1 FG/1 3-pointer); and Davis with 4 points (Davis 1 FG/2 of 4 FTs); Camp with 3 points (1 FG/1 of 2 FTs); and Larkin with 2 points (1 FG). Francois, Queathem, and Wright also played in the game, but did not score.
Even though the 7th Graders finished the season with a tough loss and didn’t win as many games as they would have liked, they did improve as the season progressed which is always a “positive” at this level. They need to continue that improvement as 8th Graders and have a successful 2014-15 season. Go Wildcats!