Licking Junior Varsity Boys Tournament

Photo by Shari Harris
Levi Cantrell increased the Wildcat lead to 21-14 
in the second quarter semi-final game against Rolla.

By Shari Harris,

  Licking High School hosted the 2019 Junior Varsity Boys’ Tournament on Monday, Jan. 28 and Saturday, Feb. 2. Six teams battled for the tournament title, in order of seed: Waynesville, Rolla, Licking, Van Buren, Houston, Salem, St. James.
  Licking’s JV Wildcats defeated Salem in first round action on Monday, setting them up for the semi-final game Saturday against Rolla, who had defeated St. James in the first round. Waynesville had a first round bye, moving them to the semifinal round automatically.
  Second seed Rolla jumped to an early lead against third seed Licking, taking a 9-7 lead in the first quarter. But the Bulldogs couldn’t keep the Wildcats down long. By halftime, their early lead had dissolved and LHS led 29-19.
  The Wildcats nearly gave up their lead in the third, as the Bulldogs closed the gap to two points, 45-43, at the end of the quarter. But the ‘Cats battled back, with a nine point gap at the two minute mark leading to fouls from Rolla to stop the clock. The ‘Cats scored their final five points on free throws, to win 61-48 over the Bulldogs.
  LHS alumnus Phillip Gambill brought his first seeded Waynesville JV Tigers to the finals after defeating the Houston Tigers (coached by LHS alumnus Rod Gorman) in the semifinal game. The JV ‘Cats lost to Waynesville earlier this season, and had a tough game facing them if they wanted to claim first place in their own tournament.
    The Tigers were confident as they took a 37-26 lead into half-time. The JV ‘Cats fought hard but by the end of the third quarter, Waynesville had expanded their lead to 18, leading 54-36.
  The fast hands of the Tigers made it difficult to penetrate their defense. The ‘Cats worked their offense, but getting a clean shot was difficult. Waynesville won the tournament championship with a final score of 65-48. Licking earned second place in the tournament and Rolla took third. 

Photo by Shari Harris
LHS JV Wildcats took second place in the Licking JV Tournament. From left: Landon Medlock, Clayton Lewis, Chance Campbell, Connor McCleod, Blake Payne, J.B. Huff, Levi Cantrell, Cliff Hawn, Kaleb Keaton, Spencer Rogers and Kaiden Wantland.



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