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LHS Wildcats take second in Cabool tournament

Photo by Shari Harris
LHS takes home second in a down-to-the wire final game of Cabool Tourney. From left: Kaden Quick, Garrett Duncan, Wilson Murray, James Swan, G.T. Nicholson, Carter Rinne, Connor Medlock, Evan Mitchell, and Michael Milhizer.

Submitted by Ben Glasgow
  Licking entered the Cabool Holiday Tournament as the number one seed and would kick off the tournament by facing the Crocker Lions. The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead with 21 first quarter points while holding Crocker to just 10. The game busted wide open in the second, with Licking outscoring the Lions 19-2 in the period and taking a 40-12 lead. The Wildcats continued to pour it on in the third with 28 more points. The fourth quarter would be played with a running clock as Licking led 68-20, and would eventually stretch it out to an 84-24 win. G.T. Nicholson led Licking with 31 points while going 14 for 15 from the field and 3 for 3 from the free throw line. Evan Mitchell poured in 10 points while going a perfect 5 for 5 from the field. Michael Milhizer added 10 points, Kaden Quick 10 points, Wilson Murray 8, Connor Medlock 8 and Garrett Duncan 7. Carter Rinne and James Swan also saw action. The win would put Licking’s record to 9-0 and move them to the second round in the winners’ bracket. 
  The Wildcats would square off against the Houston Tigers in their second round game. Licking built an early lead behind 9 first quarter points from G.T. Nicholson and some good defense. The Wildcats slowly added to their lead by outscoring Houston 12-8 in the second period and taking a 26-10 lead by the end of the half. Licking came out strong in the third and clamped down on the defensive end, extending their lead by 10 more points and moving the lead to 39-13. Houston began to put some points on the board in the final period, but Licking held on for a 52-31 win. G.T. Nicholson led the Wildcats with 21 points, followed by Michael Milhizer with 8, James Swan 8, Connor Medlock 5, Kaden Quick 5, Garrett Duncan 3 and Wilson Murray 2. Carter Rinne also played. Licking moved their record to 10-0 on the season and advanced to the semifinals on the winners’ side. 
  Licking faced a very tough Thayer Bobcat team in the third round. Both teams were tough on the defensive end and no baskets came easy, but Licking was able to take a small edge in the first quarter with a 12-8 lead. G.T. Nicholson and Wilson Murray combined for all 13 of the Wildcats points in the second period, and Licking was able to add one point to their lead as they entered the half leading 25-20. Nicholson had a big third period by scoring 9 points and helped Licking push the lead to 9 points. Thayer hung in and cut the lead to 7 before Kaden Quick hit 2 huge, back-to-back three-pointers to give Licking the cushion they needed. The Wildcats hit 12 free throws down the stretch to hang on and close out the game with a 62-55 victory. G.T. Nicholson led Licking with 25 points, followed by Kaden Quick with 13, Wilson Murray 11, Michael Milhizer 5, Garrett Duncan 5 and James Swan 3. Carter Rinne and Connor Medlock also saw action.
Photo By Shari Harris
The LHS cheerleaders rallied

the Wildcat crowd at the

Cabool Tournament.
  The Wildcats found themselves in the championship game at the Cabool Holiday Tournament for the fourth time in five years. They faced a very good Dora Falcons team. Licking entered the game with an 11-0 record while Dora was 10-1. It was a good start for the Wildcats. Despite several first quarter turnovers, Licking was still able to take a 17-12 advantage. Kaden Quick connected twice behind the 3-point line and the Wildcats were able to use a size advantage to feed James Swan, who connected on 6 points in the period. The second quarter was back and forth between the two clubs. James Swan scored 6 more points at the basket and Kaden Quick remained red hot by draining three more three-pointers to help keep Licking ahead 33-30 by the time the half ended. Turnovers became an issue for Licking in the second half. The Wildcats were able to make three big three-point shots in the third by Carter Rinne, G.T. Nicholson and Kaden Quick to hang on to their three point lead. Licking entered the fourth with a 48-45 advantage, but the turnovers by the Wildcats led to several easy opportunities for the Falcons. Garrett Duncan hit a big three-point shot to help Licking keep the lead for awhile, but eventually Dora closed the gap and even took a two point lead. Licking was able to capitalize on a missed free throw by Dora and tied the game at 59. Dora missed an opportunity to score and the Wildcats now had the ball with 40 seconds left and a tie game. Licking was unable to get the ball in bounds safely against Dora’s pressure and the turnover led to a three-point play by Dora. Licking ran a successful set for G.T. Nicholson on a nice feed from Garrett Duncan to cut the lead to 1. Now the Wildcats were forced to foul and sent a Dora player to the free throw line with less than 15 seconds remaining. Dora made the first and missed the second, which gave Licking possession of the ball, down 2 points. Murray got the ball down the court and passed to Carter Rinne who fed G.T. Nicholson inside. Nicholson’s shot to tie came up short but was rebounded by Garrett Duncan, who was able to feed Kaden Quick for a deep 3-point attempt. The shot fell short and failed to hit the rim but Carter Rinne came racing in from the weak side to get the uncontested rebound and put it back in as the buzzer sounded. It seemed as if the game was headed to overtime, but the officials met and eventually waved the shot off, which left the Wildcats two points short, 61-63 in favor of Dora. It was a heads-up play by Rinne and could have quite possibly beaten the buzzer, but amid the noise, chaos and confusion, the Wildcats were denied their chance for overtime.
Photo By Shari Harris
Licking's Kaden Quick and G.T. Nicholson were named to the Cabool Tournament All-Tournament Team.
  The loss was Licking’s first on the season which moved their record to 11-1. Kaden Quick led the Wildcats with 20 points followed by James Swan with 14, G.T. Nicholson 11, Wilson Murray 5, Michael Milhizer 5, Garrett Duncan 3 and Carter Rinne 3. Connor Medlock also saw action. G.T. Nicholson and Kaden Quick both made the All-Tournament Team for their efforts. Licking won the first 3 times they made it to the finals, and have now won 18 of their last 19 games in this tournament.

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