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District Recap and State Sectional Preview by Alan Brake
March 3, 2014Montgomery County High School
BASKETBALL WILDCATS CAPTURE FIRST DISTRICT TITLE SINCE 1976
WITH 90-75 WIN OVER SOUTH CALLAWAY
The 2013-14 Montgomery County R-2 Wildcats Boys’ Basketball team won the Missouri Class 3 (5 classes based on high school enrollment numbers) District 6 Tournament Championship this past Saturday, March 1, with an exciting 90-75 win over South Callaway. A check with Jim Snell (long-time assistant to R-2 head coach Bill Ballew), and with some R-2 alumni, verified that this is the first District Championship for the Wildcats since the 1975-76 season.
With this win the Wildcats will now play in a State Playoffs Sectional (1st Round) Game this Wednesday, March 5, against Cardinal Ritter (winner of the District 5 Tournament). The game will be played at St. Charles West High School, and will start at 7:45 p.m. It will be proceeded by the Girls’ Sectional game at 6:00 p.m., which features the Hermann Lady Bearcats also playing against Cardinal Ritter. There should be another report in this week’s Standard that gives more information concerning these games.
In order to be able to play in the Championship Game the Wildcats had to win 2 other games earlier in the week. On Tuesday, February 25, they easily defeated Missouri Military Academy 91-62 in a First Round Game. They made it to the Championship game by defeating Winfield 79-75 on Thursday, February 27, in a Semifinal Game that went into overtime and was just as exciting, and heart-pounding as the Championship Game.
With these games Wildcats now have an overall record of 21 wins and 5 losses. A check of the high school yearbooks showed that this is the first “20 win” season for a Wildcats team since the 1989-90 season.
The following is a report of each game in the reverse order that they were played. I would like to note that because I believe that every made shot, every made free throw, every rebound, and every solid defensive play is key to the team winning the game, I do not list the individual player who made a key play, but simply list it as “Montgomery County” or “the Wildcats”.
SOUTH CALLAWAY GAME
Montgomery County had defeated South Callaway 85-75 in a home game in December. However, the Wildcats had been struggling on the road the past few weeks, especially against teams they had defeated earlier this season. Therefore, they knew they had to play well from the very beginning of this game to come away with the win, and play well they did!!
The Wildcats scored the first 4 points of the game in the opening 45 seconds, but South Callaway responded by scoring the next 5 points over the next 2 minutes to lead 5-4 with 5:18 left in the first quarter. Little did anyone know this would be the only time that SC would lead the game (the score was tied only once after that).
The Wildcats retook the lead with a basket at the 4:56 mark then added another basket at the 4:23 mark to take an 8-5 lead, and never trailed again. The Wildcats kept a 1-4 point lead the rest of the quarter, and both teams scored 13 points each the rest of the quarter to give the Wildcats a 21-18 lead at the end of the quarter.
The Wildcats outscored SC 6-2 to start the second quarter to lead 27-20 with 6:17 left in the half. South Callaway then began to rally, outscoring the Wildcats 7-2 over the next 1½ minutes to close the score to 29-27 at the 4:43 mark.
As would be the case the rest of the game, whenever SC would get within range of tying the game or taking the lead the Wildcats would respond with a 4-6 point scoring run to rebuild their lead. After exchanging baskets during the next minute to make the score 31-29, the Wildcats made 2 baskets over the next minute to lead 35-39 with 2:45 left in the half.
SC came right back with a 5-0 run to cut the score to 35-34 with 2:10 left in the half, but a Wildcat 3-point basket just 10 seconds later made the score 38-34. SC kept right on coming, with a 4-0 scoring run to tie the game at 38-38 with 1:30 left in the half.
However, the Wildcats did not flinch and responded by outscoring SC 4-1 the rest of the quarter to lead 42-39 at halftime. A key defensive play (and momentum changer) at the buzzer was a Wildcat block of a close, rebound shot by SC, which would have made it a 1-point game and given SC a lot of momentum going into the second half.
Montgomery County came out and scored the first 6 points of the third quarter to take a 48-39 lead at the 6:49 mark. However, SC called a timeout to hopefully stop the Wildcats momentum and get the momentum back. The timeout worked, as SC outscored the Wildcats 7-0 over the next 1:40 to make the score 48-46 with 5:09 left in the quarter.
However, the Wildcats made another crucial basket (a 3-pointer) just 10 seconds later to lead 51-46. Over the next 3½ minutes the teams exchanged points, and the Wildcats led 57-53 with 2:28 left in the quarter.
SC then made a basket and free throw to cut Montgomery County’s lead to 57-56 with 1:51 left in the quarter. The Wildcats responded once again by making the next 2 baskets to take a 61-56 lead at the 1:21 mark.
SC then outscored the Wildcats 4-3 the rest of the quarter to make the score 64-60 at the end of the quarter. Another “momentum changer” occurred at the end of the quarter, as the Wildcats had fouled an SC shooter at the buzzer to give SC 2 free throws and a chance to close the score to 64-62. Fortunately for the Wildcats the SC player missed both free throws, and the Wildcats kept the 4-point lead.
With that momentum, Montgomery County started the fourth quarter with a 7-0 run to give them a 71-60 lead with 6:21 left in the game. Once again, SC called a timeout to hopefully stop the Wildcats’ momentum and get the momentum back.
Although SC made a basket out of the timeout to make the score 71-62 at the 6:08 mark, the Wildcats responded with a 3-point basket just 20 seconds later to take a 74-62 lead and keep the momentum. SC played hard, but never got closer than 10 points to the Wildcats after that.
Over the next 2½ minutes the Wildcats outscored SC 7-4 to take an 81-66 lead at the 3:23 mark. Unlike the Winfield game in which Montgomery County went into a “delay game” with 4 minutes left in the game and almost lost the game, the Wildcats stayed in their regular offenses until the last minute of the game and continued to score.
The Wildcats made 9 of 10 free throws over the last 3 minutes of the game, while Winfield also scored 9 points to make the final score 90-75. Once again, the Wildcats won their first District Championship in 38 years and earned the right to play in the State Playoffs on Wednesday.
Cameron Parrish led the Wildcats in scoring with 24 points (7 field goals/FGs, 2 3-pointers and 4 of 4 free throws/FTs). He was followed in the scoring by Jerad Jordan with 18 points (1 FG/3 3-pointers/7 of 9 FTs); Justin Hall with 15 points (5 FGs/5 of 6 FTs); Chase Parrish with 14 points (3 FGs/2 3-pointers/2 of 2 FTs); Kyle Kroll with 11 points (4 FGs/3 of 3 FTs); and Jacob Davis and Chase Worsham with 4 points each (2 FGs each). Jackson Bishop and Brian Davis also played in the game, but did not score.
The Wildcats almost did not make it to the Championship Game, as they barely defeated Winfield in the Semifinal Game. The 8 Seniors on this team have struggled against Winfield ever since Middle School basketball, but they prevailed in the most important game that these two teams played against each other.
The Wildcats scored the first basket of the game and jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first 1:15 of the game. However, Winfield came right back with a 4-0 scoring run, followed by a 4-2 scoring run to lead the Wildcats 9-6 with 4:44 left in the first quarter. The Wildcats responded with a 7-0 run, followed by a 5-2 run to take an 18-11 at the end of the quarter.
Neither team scored during the first 2 minutes of the second quarter, but the Wildcats finally made a 3-point shot at the 6:04 mark to lead 21-11. With a 23-15 lead with 4:20 left in the half, the Wildcats then went on a 7-1 run to lead 30-16 with 2:12 left in the half. Each team scored 4 points the rest of the quarter, and the Wildcats led 34-20 at halftime.
Neither team seemed to be able to get control of the game during most of the third quarter. The Wildcats were able to maintain a 10-13 point lead through the first 5½ minutes of the quarter, leading 49-36 with 2:30 left in the quarter. Winfield then cut into the Wildcats lead by outscoring Montgomery County 10-6 the rest of the quarter to make the score 55-46.
The teams exchanged points over the first 2:20 of the fourth quarter, as the Wildcats led 63-53 with 5:40 left in the game. Then Winfield went on a 6-0 run over the next minute to make the score 63-59 with 4:40 left in the game.
For whatever reason Winfield called a timeout at that point, and came out into a 2-3 zone defense after having played man-to-man defense the whole game. The Wildcats responded by going into their “delay game” with their 3 guards handling the ball near the half-court line. Winfield let that go for a while, then switched back to a man defense. However, the Wildcats stayed in their delay game.
Winfield eventually fouled the Wildcats, but the Wildcats did not make the first of a 1-and-1 free throw. Winfield got the ball and made a basket with 2:05 left to make the score 63-61. The Wildcats came right back with their delay game, but Winfield played poor defense and the Wildcats made an easy lay-up to lead 65-61 with 1:50 left in the game.
Just 16 seconds later Winfield made a 3-point shot to cut the Wildcats’ lead to 65-64 with 1:34 left in the game. Once again the Wildcats were in their delay game, and Winfield fouled with 48 seconds left. The Wildcats made the first free throw, but missed the second to lead 66-64.
Winfield came right back down the floor and scored a basket at the :40 mark to tie the game at 66-66. The Wildcats had the ball the rest of the game, but were unable to make any of their shots and the regulation game ended with a 66-66 tie.
Overtime periods in high school basketball are 4 minutes in length. The Wildcats scored first to lead 68-66 with 3:28 left in the game. However, Winfield was able to keep the Wildcats from scoring while going on a 6-0 run over the next 2½ minutes (with a 3-point shot and 3 of 4 FTs) to lead the Wildcats 72-68 with 1:50 left in the game.
Much to their credit (and their desire to keep their season going), the Wildcats did not give up. They made a basket with 1:13 left in the game to cut Winfield’s lead to 72-70. They then fouled Winfield on its next possession, hoping Winfield would miss one or both free throws.
The Winfield shooter did miss both free throws and Montgomery County came back down the floor and took a 73-72 lead with :43 left in the game, when the Wildcats made a 2-point basket and the free throw that followed because the shooter was fouled. However, Winfield came right back and did the same thing to the Wildcats (a basket and a free throw) to retake the lead at 75-73 with :28 left in the game.
The Wildcats didn’t flinch and came right back to make another basket, with a foul and a free throw with :18 left to take a 76-75 lead. The Wildcats played solid defense and Winfield missed their next shot. Montgomery County got the rebound and got fouled with :07 left in the game. The Wildcats made both free throws to take a 78-75 lead and then called a timeout.
Out of the time out Montgomery County pressed Winfield full court and was able to knock the ball loose at half court. In the scramble for the ball a Wildcat player was fouled, and made 1 of 2 free throws with :01 left to secure the 79-75 overtime win.
Cameron had his best game ever as a Wildcat leading the Wildcats in scoring with 38 points (11 FGs/4 3-pointers/4 of 4 FTs). He was followed in the scoring by younger brother Chase with 20 points (3 FGs/2 3-pointers/8 of 8 FTs); Jordan with 9 points (3 FGs/1 3-pointer); J. Davis with 5 points (2 FGs/1 of 2 FTs); Bishop with 4 points (2 FGs); Hall with 2 points (1 FG); and Kroll with 1 point (1 of 3 FTs). B. Davis and Worsham also played in this game and contributed with rebounds and defense, but did not score.
The Wildcats had been having a problem as of late with getting off to a slow start, but that was not a problem in the First Round Game against MMA. 6 Wildcats scored at least 1 point in the first quarter and the Wildcats led MMA 20-13 at the end of the quarter. Then in the second quarter at least 6 Wildcats scored at least 6 points, as they outscored MMA 33-15 in the quarter to lead 55-28 at halftime.
The Wildcats’ offense just kept right on going in the second half. In the third quarter the Wildcats outscored MMA 24-18 to lead 79-46. Even with the game clock running continuously in the fourth quarter (due to the 30+ point lead “mercy rule”), the teams were still able to score a combined 27 points. MMA did outscore Wildcats 16-12 to make the final score 91-62.
Chase Parrish led the Wildcats in scoring with 20 points (6 FGs/2 3-pointers/2 of 2 FTs). He was followed in the scoring by Kroll with 15 points (1 FG/3 3-pointers/4 of 4 FTs); Cameron with 14 points (7 FGs); J. Davis with 11 points (3 FGs/5 of 6 FTs); Hall with 9 points (4 FGs/1 of 5 FTs); Bishop and Jordan with 7 points each (Bishop 3 FGs/ 1 of 6 FTs, and Jordan 1 3-pointer/4 of 4 FTs); B. Davis with 6 points (3 FGs); and Worsham and Travis Oden with 1 point (1 FT each). Nick Galarza also played in this game, but did not score.
Best wishes to the Wildcats, as you play in the State Playoffs Sectional Game on Wednesday (and hopefully beyond). We are proud of you! Go Wildcats
WILDCATS PLAY IN STATE PLAYOFFS SECTIONAL GAME THIS WEDNESDAY/MARCH 5
For the first time since the 1975-76 season, the Montgomery County Wildcats Basketball team won the Missouri District Tournament Championship (District 6). This win means the Wildcats have advanced to the State Playoffs Tournament.
The Wildcats will play this Wednesday, March 5, against Cardinal Ritter in a State Playoffs Sectional (First Round) game. The game will be played at St. Charles West High School and will start at 7:45 p.m. Also, the Hermann Lady Bearcats will face Cardinal Ritter at 6:00 in the Girls’ Sectional Game.
Here are the directions to St. Charles West High School: Take 1-70 to the Zumbehl Road/Exit 227; turn left on Zumbehl Road and travel 1.3 miles to Droste Road; then turn right on Droste Road and travel 0.1 miles to the school, which will be on your right.
The admission price for these games is $6.00 (for adults and students). Plans have been made to provide a Pep Bus (ONLY for the High School students). There will be a $2 charge for the Pep Bus. There have to be 20 students signed up by 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, in order for the school to provide the bus.
The winner of these games will advance to the State Quarterfinal Games, which will be played this Saturday, March 8 at Moberly Area Community College. The Boys’ game starts at 7:45 p.m. and the Girls’ game will start at 6:00 p.m.
The possible opponents for the boys in the Quarterfinal Game are Palmyra (District 7 winner) or Eugene (District 8 winner). The possible opponents for the girls are Palmyra (District 7 winner) or Booneville (District 8 winner).
The winners of the Quarterfinal games will advance to the State Final Four Games at Missouri Arena in Columbia. These will be played on March 13-15/Thursday-Friday &/or Saturday.
We encourage all Wildcat family members, friends and fans to attend the game on Wednesday, and to also arrive in time to support the Hermann Lady Bearcats in their game at 6:00. Go Wildcats!!