LHS three for three in conference games

Submitted by Ben Glasgow
   The Wildcats were back on the road after the tough game at Willow to play their first League game of the year against the Crocker Lions. Licking wasted no time in jumping out to an early lead behind a red hot G.T. Nicholson. Nicholson scored 16 of Licking’s 23 first quarter points to help his team gain a 23-7 lead over the home team. James Swan got going in the second period, scoring 6 points of his own and Licking stretched their lead even further. The score was 40-18 as they entered the locker rooms. Licking continued to extend the difference and put the clock on turbo by finishing the third with a 58-27 lead. Twelve different players saw action for Licking and the bench took over completely in the final period, outscoring Crocker 10-9 to finish the game with a 68-36 win for the Wildcats. G.T. Nicholson led Licking with 23 points, followed by Michael Milhizer with 14, James Swan 8, Wilson Murray 7, Evan Mitchell 4, Connor Medlock 3, Blake Payne 3, Kaden Quick 2, Carter Rinne 2 and Garrett Duncan 2. Kaleb Keaton and Landon Medlock also played. The win put the Wildcats record to 6-0 on the season and 1-0 in conference play. 
  Licking played their first home game of the season against the Laquey Hornets in a rematch from the first round of the Frisco League Tournament. Five different players scored for Licking in the opening period to combine for 23 points and quickly moving out to a 23-9 lead. The Wildcats spread out 14 points from 6 different players in the second to finish the half with a 37-21 halftime lead. Things really opened up for Licking’s offense in the third period as they were able to put up 27 points in the quarter and move out to a 64-31 lead. The clock was running for the entire final period but the Wildcats were still able to score 8 more points while holding their opponents scoreless. The final score was 72-31 in favor of Licking, which put their record to 7-0 on the season and 2-0 in the conference. Michael Milhizer led the Wildcats with 17 points, followed by James Swan with 14, G.T. Nicholson 8, Wilson Murray 8, Kaden Quick 8, Carter Rinne 7, Blake Payne 4, Garrett Duncan 3, Connor Medlock 2 and Evan Mitchell 1. Kaleb Keaton and Landon Medlock also played. 
  The Wildcats played their second straight home game against the Stoutland Tigers. Licking jumped on top early and never looked back. The Wildcats took a commanding 25-7 lead over the visiting Tigers by the time the first period ended. The Wildcats had their most explosive scoring outburst in one quarter in the second period by lighting up the scoreboard for 33 points and holding the Tigers to only 3. Licking held a 58-10 lead by the time the third began. Stoutland was able to put some points on the board behind some hot three-point shooting, but were unable to contain the Wildcats, who scored 27 more points in the period. With an 85-31 lead, Licking emptied the bench against the Tigers but continued to extend their lead. The Wildcats outscored their opponents 13-2 in the final period to finish the game with a 98-33 victory. G.T. Nicholson led Licking with 25 points and also scored his 1,000th career point in the game. Wilson Murray scored 16 points, followed by Michael Milhizer with 12, Evan Mitchell 8, James Swan 8, Garrett Duncan 8, Blake Payne 6, Carter Rinne 5, Connor Medlock 4, Levi Cantrell 4 and Kaleb Keaton 2. Landon Medlock also saw action. The win put the Wildcats’ record at 8-0 and their conference record at 3-0.


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