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HS Boys Basketball Report by Alan Brake
February 17, 2014Montgomery County High School
WILDCATS HAVE A ROUGH 2 WEEKS
BUT END THEM WITH AN EXCITING WIN
The Montgomery County R-2 Wildcats Boys’ Basketball team played 5 games over the last 2 weeks (since our last report), losing 3 of their first 4 games before coming away with an exciting “come-from-behind” win this past Saturday. The Wildcats now have an overall record of 17 wins and 4 losses, and an East Missouri (EMO) Conference record of 5-2.
From 2 weeks ago, the Wildcats played at Clopton on February 3 and lost 78-66 in an EMO Conference game. On February 7, they hosted and defeated cross-county rival Wellsville-Middletown 68-32 in the annual “Pink Out Game” (also another EMO Conference game). The very next day, February 8, the Wildcats lost to St. James 74-65 in the Hermann Tournament Championship Game that had been postponed a week earlier.
This past week the Wildcats played at North Callaway on Tuesday, February 11 and lost 75-65 in an EMO Conference game. Then on Saturday, February 15, the Wildcats fell behind by 17 points behind in the first half, but then scored 41 POINTS IN THE LAST QUARTER to defeat Elsberry 89-84 on Senior Night (recognition of the 8 Senior players and their parents). This was also an EMO Conference game.
This report will cover the 2 victories first and then the 3 losses.
Even in the 4 games that Montgomery County had won since the South Callaway Tournament Championship Game (in which they scored 101 points), the Wildcats have been in a bit of a slump (especially on offense). In the first 2½ quarters of Saturday’s game, it appeared that the Wildcats were still in that slump.
Elsberry’s record was 16 wins and 5 losses coming into this game. The Indians used their height advantage (3 starters listed at 6’9”, 6’5”, and 6’4”), all around team-speed that matched the Wildcats speed, and patience on offense to dominate the Wildcats at both ends of the floor for most of the first half.
Elsberry took advantage of a 4-0 scoring run and then a 7-0 scoring run in the first quarter to take a 15-7 lead by the end of the quarter. The second quarter wasn’t any better, as Elsberry started the quarter with a 6-1 run to take a 21-8 lead with 5:44 left in the half. The Wildcats made a 3-point shot to make the score 21-11, but Elsberry then went on a 10-2 run to lead Montgomery County 31-13 with 2:32 left in the half.
It was at that point that the Wildcats got a bit of a spark on offense, aided by 2 of the Elsberry tall players sitting on the bench with some foul trouble. The Wildcats began to successfully attack the basket and outscored Elsberry 12-5 for the rest of the half, to cut Elsberry’s lead to 36-25 at halftime.
The Wildcats took the momentum that started in the last part of the first half, and came out with a very fired-up spirit to start the second half. Elsberry did outscore Montgomery County 4-2 in the first minute of the third quarter to take a 40-27 lead, but the Wildcats then outscored Elsberry 9-2 over the next 3:15 to cut the score to 42-36.
Over the next 2:20, Elsberry’s lead varied from 8 points (44-36), to 3 points (44-41 and 46-43), before getting back to 8 points (51-43) with 1:26 left in the quarter. However, the Wildcats outscored Elsberry 5-2 during the rest of the quarter to make the score 53-48.
Then the Wildcats’ offense exploded in the fourth quarter, as 6 players scored at least 4 points each in scoring a total of 41 points. However, Elsberry did not back down, as the Indians scored 31 points themselves in trying to hold on to the lead.
Montgomery County started the final quarter with a 7-4 run to make the score 57-55 with 6:44 left in the game. Elsberry came right back and outscored the Wildcats 6-2 over the next minute to increase its lead to 63-57 with 5:38 left.
The Wildcats came right back and outscored Elsberry 7-2 over the next 1:10 to cut Elsberry’s lead to 65-64 with 4:28 left in the game. However, Elsberry responded by outscoring Montgomery County 4-1 over the next 30 seconds to lead 69-65 with 3:58 left in the game.
Over the next 30 seconds the Wildcats outscored Elsberry 6-2 to tie the game at 71-71. Elsberry then made a 3-point shot at the 3:14 mark to lead 74-71. That would be the last time Elsberry would lead the game, as the Wildcats kept on going on offense and defense to outscore Elsberry 10-0 over the next 1:48, and lead 81-74 with 1:26 left in the game.
From that point the Wildcats went into their delay game to draw fouls and took advantage of this by making 8 of 8 free throws. Elsberry did make 2 field goals and 2 3-pointers (one at the buzzer) for 10 points, but could never get closer than 5 points and the Wildcats won 89-84.
All 8 Wildcat players scored in this game, and 4 of them scored in double-figures (10 points or more). The Wildcats also made 20 of 21 free throws/FTs in the second half. It would appear that they have come out of their offensive slump in winning this game.
Chase Parrish led the Wildcats in scoring in this game with 21 points (2 field goals/FGs, 4 3-pointers, and 5 of 6 FTs). He was followed in the scoring by Jerad Jordan with 20 points (1 FG/3 3-pointers/9 of 10 FTs); Justin Hall with 18 points (8 FGs/2 of 2 FTs); Jacob Davis with 11 points (4 FGs/3 of 5 FTs); Cameron Parrish and Kyle Kroll with 7 points each (Parrish 3 FGs/1 of 1 FTs, and Kroll 1 3-pointer/4 of 4 FTs); Brian Davis with 4 points (2 FGs); and Jackson Bishop with 1 point (1 of 2 FTs).
Besides being a great cross-county rivalry game, this game has now become the annual “Pink Out Game” in which both schools have a week of fund raising activities to raise funds for the Helen Reagan Cancer Fund. These fund raising activities culminate at the game itself, and along with the rivalry leads to a large crowd and an exciting atmosphere.
However, Montgomery County jumped out to an early lead in this year’s game, taking an 18-8 lead by the end of the first quarter, and never looked back from that point on. The Wildcats outscored W-M 22-12 in the second quarter to lead 40-20 at halftime.
The Wildcats offense and defense kept right on going to start the second half, as the Wildcats outscored W-M 25-7 in the third quarter to lead 65-27. W-M outscored the Wildcats 5-3 in the fourth quarter (continuous game clock due to the 30-point lead “mercy rule”), but the Wildcats won the game (and “Traveling Trophy” for this game) by the score of 68-32.
Jordan led the Wildcats in scoring with 20 points (4 FGs/12 of 12 FTs). He was followed in the scoring by Cameron Parrish and Kroll with 13 points each (Parrish 4 FGs/1 3-pointer/2 of 2 FTs, and Kroll 3 FGs/1 3-pointer/4 of 4 FTs); Worsham with 7 points (3 FGs/1 of 5 FTs); Chase Parrish with 6 points (1 3-pointer/3 of 6 FTs); B. Davis and Nick Galarza with 3 points each (Davis 1 FG/1 of 1 FTs, and Galarza 3 of 4 FTs); J. Davis with 2 points (1 FG); and Bishop with 1 point (1 of 5 FTs). Hall and Travis Oden also played in this game, but did not score.
Long-time Wildcat fans know that when you play at Clopton you are down 10 points as soon as you walk in the gym door, irregardless of how good (or bad) Clopton is that season. This year the Hawks are decent, as they came into this game with a record of 9 wins and 8 loses. The Wildcats were able to make up 1 of those “10 points”, but ended up losing by 9 for their second loss of the season.
The Wildcats started strong, but Clopton stayed right with them, as the Wildcats led 18-16 at the end of the first quarter. Clopton was then able to outscore Montgomery County 16-13 to lead the Wildcats 32-31 at halftime.
In the third quarter Clopton was able to do to the Wildcats what the Wildcats have done to most of their opponents this season, as Clopton outscored Montgomery County 23-11 to lead 55-42 at the end of the quarter. The Wildcats did not quit, as they scored 24 points in the fourth quarter. However, Clopton was able to handle Montgomery County’s defensive pressure and scored 23 points to come away with the 78-66 win.
Jordan led the Wildcats in scoring with 15 points (3 FGs/2 3-pointers/3 of 4 FTs). He was followed in the scoring by Chase Parrish with 12 points (1 FG/2 3-pointers/4 of 4 FTs); Kroll with 9 points (3 FGs/1 3-pointer); Bishop with 8 points (3 FGs/2 of 2 FTs); Hall and Worsham with 7 points each (Hall 2 FGs/3 o4 FTs, and Worsham 2 FGs/3 or 6 FTs); and J. Davis and Cameron Parrish with 4 points each (2 FGs each). B. Davis also played in the game, but did not score.
ST. JAMES GAME
Both teams came into the Hermann Tournament Championship game on Saturday, February 8, to play their second game in less than 24 hours (because it was a make-up game originally scheduled for February 1). It is always difficult to play 2 games in 2 days, and this time it was St. James that was able to get the better of the “even” situation.
St. James was able to get the early advantage of this fast-paced game, as SJ outscored Montgomery County 21-16 in the first quarter. SJ was able to increase its lead to 8 points in the second quarter, by outscoring the Wildcats 16-13 to lead 37-29 at halftime.
The Wildcats did not give up, but St. James did not back down either in the second half. The Wildcats did outscore SJ 18-17 in the third quarter to cut SJ’s lead to 54-47 at the end of the quarter. However, St. James outscored the Wildcats 20-18 in the fourth quarter, to come away with a 74-65 win and the Hermann Tournament Championship.
Kroll led the Wildcats in scoring with 17 points (4 FGs/1 3-pointer/6 of 6 FTs). He was followed in the scoring by J. Davis with 10 points (5 FGs); the Parrish brothers with 8 points each (Cameron 1 FG/2 3-pointers, and Chase 1 FG/1 3-pointer/3 of 3 FTs); Bishop and Jordan with 7 points each (Bishop 3 FGs/1 of 3 FTs, and Jordan 2 FGs/3 of 5 FTs); and B. Davis and Hall with 4 points each (2 FGs each). Worsham also played in the game, but did not score.
NORTH CALLAWAY GAME
Just like playing at Clopton, opponents are usually 10 points behind when they walk through the gym door at North Callaway. This game was similar to the Clopton game for the Wildcats, except that the quarter of their “undoing” was the fourth quarter instead of the third quarter.
The Wildcats got North Callaway to play the up-tempo game in the first half that the Wildcats like to play, but North Callaway was able to match the Wildcats point for point. The Wildcats did come away with a 23-19 at the end of the first quarter. However, NC came right back to outscore the Wildcats 20-16 in the second quarter to the game at 39-39 at halftime.
The offensive pace slowed a bit in the third quarter, but the Wildcats were able to outscore NC 14-12 to lead 53-51 at the end of the quarter. However, in a quarter in which the Wildcats put their opponents away, NC was able to turn the tables and outscored the Wildcats 24-12 to pull away and win the game 75-65.
Cameron Parrish led the Wildcats in scoring with 14 points (6 FGs/2 of 2 FTs). He was followed in the scoring by Chase Parrish with 13 points (5 FGs/1 3-pointer); Hall with 12 points 2 FGs/8 of 10 FTs); Jordan with 8 points (1 FG/2 3-pointers); Kroll with 7 points (2 FGs/1 3-pointer); Bishop and J. Davis with 4 points each (2 FGs each); and Worsham with 3 points (1 FG/1 of 1 FT). B. Davis also played in the game, but did not score.
The 2013-14 regular season comes to and this week with 2 EMO Conference games on the road. On Tuesday, February 18, they will play at Community R-VI. The JV game will be played first, starting at 6:00 p.m., followed by the Varsity game around 7:30.
Then on Friday, February 21, the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats will play at Silex in Varsity double-header. The Lady Wildcats will play first, starting at 6:00 p.m., followed by the Wildcats game around 7:30.
Next week the Wildcats will start play in the Missouri District 6 Playoffs Tournament for Class 3 schools (there are 5 classes in basketball in Missouri, based on high school enrollment numbers). The District 6 Tournament will be played at Hermann High School. There should be a separate article on this tournament in this week’s Standard.
Best wishes to the Wildcats, as you finish the regular season this week and then play in the District Tournament next week (and hopefully beyond). Go Wildcats!!
MISSOURI BASKETBALL DISTRICT PLAYOFFS START NEXT WEEK
Next week the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats will start play in the Missouri District 6 Playoffs Tournament for Class 3 schools (5 classes in basketball in Missouri, based on high school enrollment numbers). The District 6 Tournament will be played at Hermann High School.
The Wildcats and Lady Wildcats (and all of the teams in the tournament) must keep winning in order to keep their season going. The season ends for every team with a loss.
The Wildcats were given the #1 seed for the tournament, and will play Missouri Military Academy this coming Tuesday, February 25, at 4:00 p.m. If they win that game, they will play in the Semifinal Game on Thursday, February 27, at 6:00 p.m. against the winner of the Winfield vs. North Callaway game. The other teams in the tournament are Christian (O’Fallon), Hermann, South Callaway, and Wright City. The Championship Game will be played on Saturday, March 1, at 7:00 p.m.
The Lady Wildcats are the # 6 seed in the tournament and will play Christian (O’Fallon) on Monday, February 24, at 8:00 p.m. If they win that game, they will play in the Semifinal Game on Wednesday, February 26, at 7:30 p.m., against the winner of the North Callaway vs. Wright City game. The other teams in the tournament are Hermann, South Callaway, and Winfield. The Championship Game will be played on Friday, February 28, at 7:00 p.m.
The winners of this tournament will move on to the First Round/Sectional Game of the State Playoffs, which will be played at St. Charles West High School on March 5/Wednesday. They will play the winners of the District 5 Tournament.
The State Quarterfinal Game will be played at Moberly Area Community College, on Saturday, March 8. The State Final Four Games will be played at the Missouri Arena, on March 13-15/Thursday-Friday &/or Saturday.
Best Wishes to the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats as you play in the District 6 Tournament and hopefully move on to the State Playoffs!!