Wildcats take third in Frisco League Tourney



Coach Jess Ross

The Wildcat boys basketball team played from a fourth seed in the Frisco League tournament to capture third place, defeating Plato on Saturday, Dec. 7.
In the opening game Sunday, Nov. 30, the Wildcats defeated Newburg by a score of 63-42.
In second round action, the men met up with first seed Dixon. The men from Licking got off to a slow start, falling behind early in the game and fighting uphill for most of the first half. Tied with 1:29 seconds to go in the half, Dixon went on a 6-0 run to close it out. The second half was much the same, with the Wildcats falling behind and then fighting to keep in the game. Dixon would go on to beat the Wildcats by a score of 73-61. This game showed some areas that need improvement for the Wildcats if they want to contend for a conference championship. Wilson Murray led the Wildcats in scoring with 31, Blake Payne added 14, Bryce Corley had 9. There’s no doubt in my mind that the men we have are getting better and headed in that direction.
On Saturday the men played Plato in the third place game. The men struggled early and gave up some easy baskets to Plato and the game remained close throughout the first half. Early in the second half, the Wildcats began to slowly pull away and separate themselves as the better team for the night. Murray contributed 22 points, followed by Corley with 18, Malachi Antle with 13, Cole Wallace with 9, Landon Medlock with 6, Levi Cantrell with 2 and Payne with 1.
I believe that the men are starting to come together and figure each other out a little more each time we get on the floor. Our on-ball defense and rebounding have to continue to improve if we want to reach the goals that we have set for the team. Everyone is beginning to figure out their particular role and working hard to that end. Our younger varsity players are really beginning to come into their own and make major contributions. I am proud of the progress we are making as a team.
This week’s outstanding player is Bryce Corley. Bryce continues to improve every game. He was instrumental in the victory over Plato in the third place game. He continues to get better on both ends of the floor and we expect to see him improve as the year progresses.

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