A quote from the Charlies Dickens classic, A Tale of Two Cities, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”‘ may fit the Wildcat and LadyCats tournamnet fortunes last week. Winning all three games for the Wildcats were the best of times, dropping all three for the LadyCats were the worst of times.
The LadyCats opened action Monday night against a much larger and more aggressive Baldwin Bulldog team. Trading leads at the end of each quarter 9-11,20-19,29-30, the LadyCats were within three points with 20 seconds remaining before Baldwin sank four free throws to seal their victory 45-38. Another close game on Thursday night against Anderson County found the score tied 37 all with 10 seconds remaining when Malorie Wagner stepped to the free throw line to make one of two charity shots. Anderson County went full length of the court to get off a shot at the buzzer to win 39-38. Friday nights final game against Iola also went down to the wire with the Fillys prevailing 51-49 over the LadyCats.
The Wildcats battled back from a 15 point defict in the second half to tie the game, 61-61, on a Grant Shell three pointer against Baldwin on Monday night to send the game to overtime. Following a double overtime win in the first game of the season, the Cats calmly dispatched the Bulldogs 71-68. The Cats finally played a game that allowed them some breathing room as they defeated the Anderson County Bulldogs on Thursday night 70-38. Nine players scored in the contest with four in double digits. Friday nights Championship game opened with the Cats misfiring on their first seven shots against the Chanute Blue Comets before James Beyer sank a three pointer from deep in the corner to get the Cats on the board and then it was no turning back. The Cats lead 14-8 at the first break, increasing the lead to 31-18 at the halftime break, extending to a 28 point margin to begin the fourth quarter and finishing off with a 60-42 win to bring home the Championship Title.
This week finds the teams on the road to Silver Lake on Tuesday night and returning to finish off the December schedule at home against TVL foe Fredonia. All the fans are invited to attend the Wildcat Basketball Alumini Weekend as all former Wildcats, LadyCats, and former Coaches will be recognized between games with a special 40 year reunion of the 1975 State Championship basketball team. See you there.
“Voice of the Cats”
Burlington Wildcats opened the 2014 season with a 45-18 win over the Eureka Tornadoes on Friday night.
The Cats scored on their opening drive of the night with Alexas Carrasco scoring from four yards out to take a 7-0 lead just two minutes into the contest. Eureka came back to score in the first quarter also but failed on the extra point with the Cats leading 7-6 at the first break. Eureka opened the second quarter capping off their scoring drive with a 17 yard TD pass from Pitko to Lyons to lead 12-7. That lead was shortlived as James Beyer returned the insuing kickoff 81 yards to retake the lead 15-12 which held through the first half of play.
Eureka took to the air again to open the second half on their third touchdown of the night though not able to convert on the extra point attempts as they led 18-15. Kendall Jeffers put the Cats back on top with a 44 yard TD run followed by another Carrasco scoring run to end the quarter with the Cats leading 30-18. Jeffers scored on a 21 yard TD run to open the fourth quarter and added another score just one minute later when he scooped up a fumble and returned it 45 yard for the final score of the night.
Opening the season with a TVL win, the Cats will face another perenial TVL powerhouse, Caney Valley, this Friday at Wildcat Field. Game time is 7:00 with Jim and Rick bringing you the live coverage on 97.7 THE DAWG and the live feed at www.977thedawg.com.
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Click here to listen to our interview with Cheech Martin of “Cheech and Chong” who will be appearing at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka on Wednesday, September 17th.
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