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HS Boys Basketball Report by ALAN BRAKE
January 27, 2014Montgomery County High School
WILDCATS SUFFER LOSS OF THE SEASON BUT BOUNCE BACK WITH A WIN;
CURRENTLY RANKED 4TH IN THE STATE
After winning the South Callaway Tournament the previous week, and improving their record to 12 wins and 0 losses, the Montgomery County R-2 Wildcats traveled to New Haven on Thursday, January 23, and lost 66-63. This was a make-up game of a game that was originally scheduled for December 13.
However, the Wildcats bounced back the very next night (Friday, January 24), by hosting and defeating Owensville 70-42. The Wildcats also had a game scheduled for last Tuesday, January 21, against Warrenton. However, that game was cancelled and most likely will not be rescheduled.
The Wildcats’ record is now 13 wins and 1 loss. Before these games were played the Wildcats had moved up to 4th in the latest state rankings by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association for Class 3A schools (classes based on high school enrollment numbers).
NEW HAVEN GAME
New Haven is known for its traditional rock-solid defense and this game was no different, even though the Wildcats scored 63 points. In each of their 3 previous games in the South Callaway Tournament, the Wildcats had 5 players that scored at least 10 points. In last Thursday’s game the Wildcats only had 2 players score at least 10 points.
The game was close throughout. New Haven got the early advantage by outscoring the Wildcats 16-12 in the first quarter. New Haven then outscored the Wildcats 16-15 in the second quarter to lead 32-27 at halftime.
However, the Wildcats were not about to give up and outscored New Haven 23-18 in the third quarter to tie the game at 50-50 going into the final quarter. The Wildcats made 5 field goals and 3 of 4 free throws in the fourth quarter for 13 points. However, it wasn’t enough as NH also made 5 baskets, but made 6 of 15 free throws for 16 points to win the game 66-63.
Cameron Parrish led the Wildcats in scoring in this game with 16 points (3 field goals/FGs, 3 3-pointers, and 1 of 2 free throws/FTs). He was followed in the scoring by Justin Hall and Chase Parrish with 12 points each (Hall 4 FGs/4 of 4 FTs, and Chase 4 3-pointers); Jacob Davis and Kyle Kroll with 8 points each (Davis 3 FGs/2 of 2 FTs, and Kroll 2 FGs/1 3-pointer/1 of 2 FTs); Jerad Jordan with 5 points (1 FG/1 3-pointer); and Jackson Bishop with 2 points (2 of 2 FTs). Brian Davis and Chase Worsham also played in the game, but did not score.
Playing 2 games in 2 nights usually leads to poor shooting, and Friday night’s game against Owensville did not disprove that. It took the Wildcats until mid-way in the second quarter to get the offense going and even then most of the shots were close in shots.
Owensville (who had not won a game this season) actually outscored the Wildcats 7-6 in the first quarter, as the Wildcats could not get their shots to drop. After Owensville made a 3-pointer to start the second quarter and lead 10-6, the Wildcats then went on 5-0 scoring run to lead 11-10 at the 7:08 mark.
Owensville retook the lead at 12-11 fifteen seconds later, but that was the last time Owensville would have the lead. Over the next 2 minutes the Wildcats went on an 8-2 run to take a 19-14 lead. The teams each scored 5 points over the next 2½ minutes to make the score 24-19, but the Wildcats finished the last 2:24 with an 11-3 run to lead 35-22 at halftime.
The Wildcats didn’t let up when the second half started, as they started the third quarter with a 13-2 scoring run to lead 48-24 with 4:29 left in the quarter. The offense slowed down the rest of the quarter, as the Wildcats only outscored Owensville 4-3 to make the score 52-27 at the end of the quarter. The teams played fairly even in the fourth quarter, as the Wildcats outscored Owensville 18-15 to win the game 70-42.
Jordan led the Wildcats in scoring with 21 points (5 FGs/3 3-pointers/2 of 4 FTs). He was followed in the scoring by J. Davis with 15 points (6 FGs/3 of 4 FTs); Cameron Parrish with 8 points (4 FGs); Kroll and Chase Parrish with 6 points each (Kroll 1 FG/1 3-pointer/1 of 2 FTs, and Chase 2 FGs/2 of 4 FTs); Bishop with 4 points (4 of 6 FTs); Travis Oden and Nick Galarza with 3 points each (Oden 1 FG/1 of 2 FTs, and Galarza 1 3-pointer); and B. Davis and Hall with 2 points each (Davis 1 FG, and Hall 2 of 5 FTs); Worsham also played in the game, but did not score.
This week the Wildcats are playing in the Hermann Tournament. They have received the #1 seed for the tournament, and play Chamois in the First Round game on Tuesday, January 28, at 6:00 p.m. at the Hermann High School Gym.
They will play again on Thursday, January 30, at 6:00 p.m., against either Hermann or Warrenton. If they win on Tuesday, they will play in the High School Gym on Thursday. If they lose on Tuesday, they will play at the Middle School Gym on Thursday.
They will also play a third game on Saturday, February 1, at the High School Gym. What time they will play and who their opponent will be won’t be determined until after Thursday’s game.
Next week the Wildcats will play a make-up game (non-conference game), and 2 East Missouri (EMO) Conference games. On Monday, February 3, they will host Centralia in the make-up game (originally scheduled for January 7). The Jr. Varsity game will be played first, starting at 6:00 p.m. The Varsity game will start around 7:30.
On Tuesday, February 4, they will travel to Clopton for their fourth EMO conference game of the 2013-14 season. Again, the JV game will be played first at 6:00 p.m., and the Varsity game will start around 7:30.
Then on Friday, February 7, the Wildcats will host cross-county rival Wellsville-Middletown in a Varsity double-header with the Lady Wildcats in an EMO Conference game. The girls’ game will be played first and will start at 6:00 p.m. The boys’ game will start around 7:30.
This is also the annual “Pink Out Game”, in which both schools work together in fund raising activities to raise money for the Helen Reagan Cancer Fund. “Pink Out” T-shirts can be ordered by contacting either high school.
“Best Wishes” to the Wildcats as you play in the Hermann Tournament this week, and in your 3 games next week!