By Shari Harris, Publisher
The Licking Wildcats were on the road Tuesday, December 7, to take on the Stoutland Tigers. Another high scoring game went on the books for the Wildcats, as they defeated Stoutland 95-63.
The two conference foes were tied at the end of one, but Licking never looked back after that, carrying a 12-point lead into the half and outscoring Stoutland in each of the final three quarters. This raises the Wildcats’ record to 4-1.
Keyton Cook led scoring with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals; Chris Bartling was right behind him with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals; followed by Austin James with 18 points and 2 rebounds. Austin Stephens added 10 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists; Nicky Hood 6 points and 2 assists; JB Huff 4 points and 3 rebounds; Connor McLeod 4 points and 10 rebounds; Cade Richards 2 points; Carter Sullins 2 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals; and Cole Wallace led in assists with 10, along with 2 points and 6 rebounds.
“We are doing a better job of keeping the pace of the game moving. Fouls and turnovers hurt us, but we have made a conscious effort to do a better job in practice and it has transferred to the last couple of games. The game started a little slow in the first, but we were able to speed them up and score a lot of points in the second and third quarters. Everyone got to play and when we play all of our guys, it’s hard for other teams to keep up with us. I really enjoy watching the Licking Wildcats play. We will continue to get better and work for each other all year.” – Coach Phillips