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March 15, 2014
Montgomery County High School

The Montgomery County R-2 Wildcat Boys’ Basketball team had a very successful 2013-14 season, finishing with a record of 21 wins and 6 losses under the leadership of Ron Lebel in his first season as the Wildcats Head Coach.  This is the first “20 wins or more” season for the Wildcats’ program, since the 1989-90 season when the Wildcats record was 20-6.


The Wildcats also had other “marks of success” this season, as they won their Missouri District Tournament Championship and advanced to the Class 3 State Playoffs for the first time since the 1975-76 season.  In addition they won the Championship Trophy in the Montgomery County R-2 Invitational Tournament for the first time in over 20 years, and won the Championship Trophy in the South Callaway Tournament for the first time ever (scoring 101 points in the Championship Game).  They also played in the Championship Game of the Hermann Tournament, but lost that game to St. James, thus taking 2nd Place in that tourney.


For the second consecutive season the Wildcats finished with an East Missouri Conference record of 6 wins and 3 losses.  With this record they finished in 4th Place, behind the 3 teams that tied for the Conference Championship with a record of 7-2.  Those teams were Clopton, Community R-VI, and Elsberry.


The Wildcat Varsity players included Seniors Jackson Bishop, Brian Davis, Jacob Davis, Justin Hall, Jerad Jordan, Cameron Parrish, Dylan Skeens, and Chase Worsham; Junior Kyle Kroll; and Freshman Chase Parrish.  Also, Jr. Varsity players Nick Galarza (Sophomore) and Travis Oden (Junior) also played in some of the Varsity games.


The Wildcats began the season by winning their first 12 games, starting with an exciting victory over rival Hermann 71-70 in the season opener.  They followed that win by winning the Montgomery County R-2 Invitational Tournament in the first week of December by defeating Silex, Fulton, and then Mexico in the Championship Game. 


The Wildcats then finished the 2013 part of the season with wins over South Callaway, Bowling Green, and Wright City.  After the Christmas Break the Wildcats started January with wins over Van-Far and Battle (new school in Columbia), and then won the South Callaway Tournament with wins over Russelville, North Callaway, and then scored 101 points to defeat Harrisburg in the Championship Game.


The Wildcats then suffered their first loss of the season right after the tournament, by losing to New Haven at New Haven.  The following night they defeated Owensville, and then followed that with wins over Chamois and Hermann the next week in the Hermann Tournament.  The Championship Game was delayed 1 week due to inclement weather (a problem that affected mid-Missouri schools throughout the whole season).


The following week the Wildcats suffered their second loss of the season, losing to Clopton at Clopton.  They came back 4 days later and defeated cross-county rival Wellsville-Middletown in the annual Montgomery County Traveling Trophy Game.  Unfortunately, the next afternoon the Wildcats lost to St. James in the Hermann Tournament Championship Game.


In the final 2 weeks of the regular season, the Wildcats then finished with 2 wins (Elsberry and Silex), and 2 losses (North Callaway and Community R-VI, both road games).  It should be noted that the Wildcats won all 10 of their home games this season, and finished the regular season with 18 wins and 5 losses.

The Wildcats then won the Missouri Class 3 District 6 Tournament (again, the first time since the 1989-90 season) at Hermann, by defeating Missouri Military Academy, Winfield and then South Callaway in the Championship Game.  The Wildcats’ season came to an end on February 26, with a loss to Cardinal Ritter (from St. Louis) in a Class 3 State Sectional Game.  At the time this report was written Cardinal Ritter had advanced to the State Championship Game, which was played on March 15.


The following is a list of statistical categories and how each player did.


POINTS SCORED – Jordan 414; Cameron Parrish 344; Chase Parrish 297; Kroll 251; Hall 233; J. Davis 226; Worsham 98; Bishop 72; B. Davis 41; Galarza 17; Skeens 10; and Oden 6.


2-POINT SHOOTING% – J. Davis 60%; Cameron Parrish 58%; Hall 53%; Worsham 53%; Chase Parrish 51%; Kroll 47%; Jordan 41%; Bishop 38%; B. Davis 33%; Skeens 25%; Galarza 25%; and Oden 13%.


3-POINT SHOOTING% – Galarza 67%; Jordan 38%; Chase Parrish 37%; Cameron Parrish 27%; Kroll 23%; Skeens 17%; and J. Davis 14%.


FREE THROW SHOOTING% – Chase Parrish 87%; Jordan 83%; Cameron Parrish 75%; Kroll 74%; Galarza 63%; J. Davis 62%; Hall 61%; Bishop 54%; B. Davis 50%; Skeens 50%; Worsham 40%; and Oden 40%.


REBOUNDS – Cameron Parrish 219; Hall 134; J. Davis 96; Worsham 87; Chase Parrish 76; Bishop 59; Jordan 55; B. Davis 54; Droll 50; Skeens 6; Galarza 3; and Oden 2.


ASSISTS – Jordan 120; Kroll 104; J. Davis 85; Cameron Parrish 60;Chase Parrish 49; Hall 20; B. Davis 14; Worsham 12; Bishop 11; Skeens 6; and Galarza 1.


STEALS – Cameron Parrish 51; Jordan 46; J. Davis 44; Kroll 42; Chase Parrish 37; Hall 36; B. Davis 18; Worsham 17; Bishop 12; Skeens 3; and Galarza 1.




EMO All-Conference Honors – Jerad Jordan/First Team – Unanimous Choice and Cameron Parrish/Second Team.

Missouri District 6 All-Tournament Team – Jerad Jordan and Cameron Parrish.

EMO Conference Senior Showcase Game – Jacob Davis, Justin Hall, Jerad Jordan and Cameron Parrish.


“Congratulations” to the Wildcats, Coach Lebel and Assistant Coaches Mike Turpen and Ron Williams.  “Best wishes” to the Seniors, as you move on to new adventures in life.  To the returning and upcoming Wildcats, your fans hope you will work hard in the off-season and next season to have a successful 2014-15 season.


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