Wildcats compete in Cabool Holiday Tournament


                                                      Photo by Shari Harris
Wilson Murray puts one up in the first quarter 
of the Lesterville game Friday.
By Shari Harris
Co-Publisher

Licking Wildcat Basketball participated in the Cabool Holiday Tournament. The men were seeded fifth in a field of 16 teams and were pitted against twelfth seed Winona in the first round on Dec. 26. The game remained close through the third quarter, with the score tied in that quarter. But the men went on a 23-0 run to finish the game with a 66-39 victory.
The following day, the Wildcats faced the number four seed Lesterville Bearcats. Licking led through most of the first quarter, with the Bearcats gaining a slight edge, 18-15, at the end. The Bearcats gradually added to their lead through the second quarter, up 29-20 going into the half.
The nine point half time lead grew to twenty-two by the end of the third, as the Wildcats struggled to stop Lesterville. Final score was 71-47 for the Wildcats first defeat in the double-elimination tournament.
Licking faced ninth seed Norwood on Saturday. Norwood defeated eighth seed Cabool in the first round but fell to first seed Dora in the second round, to fall opposite Licking in the consolation side of the bracket. Licking’s woes from round two continued and Norwood defeated the Wildcats 61-46, to advance to the Consolation game against Gainesville Monday. 
                   Photo by Shari Harris
Senior Blake Payne connects for 
three against Lesterville to go 
up 8-13 in the first quarter.

Dora faced Thayer in the championship game Monday and Lesterville and Alton competed for third. Plato and Cabool fought for the final of the loser’s bracket from round one of action.
The Wildcats come out of the tournament with an overall record of 6-4.
“We will take a few days off to enjoy Christmas Break then get back to work with our JV and Varsity.” -- Licking Wildcat Basketball Facebook page. 
                                                Photo by Shari Harris
Coaches and players tried to stop the gradual advancement of the Bearcat lead.



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