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Wildcats winning streak continues

Submitted by 
Ben Glasgow
  Licking made the trip to Willow Springs Tuesday night [Dec. 4] to face the Bears on their home floor. Willow felt right at home and quickly jumped on top of the visiting Wildcats. The lead climbed to 12-0 in favor of the Bears before Licking was finally able to put points on the board. The Wildcats were still trailing 7-17 by the time the first period ended.
  Licking would begin to turn things around in the second behind nine second-quarter points by G.T. Nicholson. The Wildcats held Willow to only eight points in the period and were able to take their first lead in the game, moving ahead 28-25 as the half ended.
  The third period saw G.T. Nicholson pick up his third and fourth fouls, and the Wildcats had to play without him for the rest of the quarter. Willow took advantage and jumped back on top, leading 43-39 entering the fourth.
 In the fourth, Licking quickly moved back ahead of the Bears and used some outstanding free throw shooting to maintain their lead. The Wildcats gradually extended their lead until it was time for Willow Springs to foul. Licking converted on 15 out of 16 free throws in the final period to finish off the Bears with a 64-52 victory. The win put Licking’s record to 5-0 on the season.
  G.T. Nicholson led the Wildcats with 17 points, followed by James Swan with 12, Michael Milhizer 11, Kaden Quick 10, Wilson Murray 9, Garrett Duncan 3 and Connor Medlock 2. Carter Rinne and Evan Mitchell also played in the game.
  The Wildcats moved into the championship game of the Frisco League Tournament for the eighth year in a row and once again faced Iberia. Licking and Iberia have met in the championship six of the last eight years, and this time the Wildcats would be looking for their third straight championship. Licking beat Crocker in last year’s final game, and Newburg the year before.
  The Wildcats wasted no time in gaining an early lead over the Rangers, scoring 14 first-quarter points and holding Iberia to just four.
  Licking opened the game wide open in the second behind some hot shooting and some stifling defense. Iberia was only able to put 2 free throws on the board in the second period while the Wildcats lit up the scoreboard for 19 more of their own. Licking now took a 33-6 lead into the locker room at the half.
  The third stanza began with Kaden Quick hitting three 3-pointers to stop any comeback that the Rangers might have mounted. Iberia was able to score 16 points in the third but still fell behind further, as Licking now led 52-22 as they entered the fourth.
  The turbo clock was running as the final period ticked away. Both teams kept pace with the other by scoring nine points apiece, which left the Wildcats with a 61-31 win and their third Frisco League Conference Championship in a row.
  Kaden Quick led Licking in scoring with 20 points, followed by G.T. Nicholson who had 18 points and 15 rebounds, James Swan 10, Michael Milhizer 4, Carter Rinne 3, Evan Mitchell 2, Wilson Murray 2 and Connor Medlock 2. Garrett Duncan also saw action.


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