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Licking Wildcat men off to a 2-0 start


                                                                                                      Photo by Shari Harris
Blake Payne is mugged in the first half of the Houston game.

Coach Jess Ross

The Wildcat boys basketball team had its opening game on Monday, Nov. 25. A home opener against Houston did not disappoint as the Wildcats held on for a 60-55 win. “With only one returning varsity player from last year’s team, we didn’t know how our boys were going to react to the situation. We showed a lot of grit and got the job done.” The first quarter was big as the Wildcats took a 25-15 lead and held on to the lead through most of the game. Wilson Murray led the scoring with 27 points, Blake Payne had 12 and Malachi Antle 10 points. Levi Cantrell and Seth Farris added 5 and Cole Wallace 1 point. The Wildcats look to improve every time they step on the floor this year while playing as a young and mostly inexperienced varsity team.
On Saturday, Nov. 30, the Wildcat men played the first round of the Frisco League tournament, defeating the fifth seed, Newburg, 63-42. “I believe our inexperience showed in the game. Being out of school and on a major holiday, it was difficult for our men to get mentally prepared. These are aspects of the game that we need to continue to improve upon.” The men played better as the game progressed and began to separate themselves in the second half. Leading the scoring for the Wildcats, Murray had 19, Antle, 17, Wallace 8, Cantrell 6, Payne 6 and Farris and Landon Medlock both contributed with 2 points.

Play continues for Licking on Thursday, Dec. 5, as the team takes on the first seed, Dixon.

                                                                                                                                                                   Photo by Shari Harris
Adam Hunter puts up a shot against Houston in the JV contest. The JV ‘Cats fell to the Tigers, 29-44.

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