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Wildcats thrash Tigers

Photo by Winter Murray
Keyton Cook leaps above the Tiger defense to take a shot.

Just 24 hours after the Lady ‘Cats lost to Houston in Licking, the Wildcats traveled to Houston and defeated the Tigers on their home court.

Licking led 10-4 at the end of one, and the lead grew to 18-5 by the half. The Wildcats won every quarter, rolling to a 72-25 win and improving their record to 8-1 (3-0 conference).

Keyton Cook led scoring with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals; Austin James connected for 12 points; Cole Wallace contributed 11 points, 3 assists and 4 steals; and Lake Wade had 10 points. Also scoring was Roston Stockard with 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals; Oscar Phillips 4 points; Garrett Gorman 4 points, 3 assists and 3 steals; Kannon Buckner 3 points; Gaige Nicholson 3 points; Carter Sullins 2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 7 steals; and Jordan Ritz 3 rebounds and 2 steals.

Brady Brookshire led scoring for Houston with 13 points. Houston’s record fell to 0-8 with the loss.

Licking shot 23/38 from the two-point line, 6/24 of three-point attempts, and 8/17 free throws. Other stats included 31 rebounds, 15 assists, 7 turnovers and 22 steals. In comparison, Houston had 35 turnovers and 2 steals.

“We started off slow, but we were able to start speeding them up in the second and third quarters. A great defensive game by our guys. We did a good job of getting everyone some open looks and had fun cheering for each other.” ~ Coach Mike Phillips

Licking competes in the Cabool Holiday Tournament this week. Third seed Licking defeated 14th seed Viola, Ark., in the first round Monday, 72-52. They were scheduled to face the winner of the Summersville/Salem game in the quarterfinal round Tuesday.

Photos by Winter Murray

Photos by Winter Murray


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