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.
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With many new things happening with the LadyCats and WildCats this year, one thing remains the same. They know how to win.
David Gilman is the new head coach of the LadyCats this year. He brings many years of coaching experience to the helm as he had assisted retired coach Doug Stewart and coached the Middle School Lady Bobcats. Thursday nights home opener against the Oswatomie Trojans offered the LadyCats an opportunity to give the entire team roster varsity floor time as they dominated from the opening tip to the final scoreboard total 79-24. Sophmore Asha Roney led all scorers with 21 as Shelbi Emiling and Kalyne Iseman joined her in double figures with 11 and 12 points. The competition got amped up as the LadyCats matched up with the Baldwin Bulldogs to open the Bulldog-Wildcat Classic hosted in Garnett on Monday night. The two teams traded leads ending each quarter 9-10, 20-19, and 29-30, going to the fourth. Trailing by three, 38-41, with only 20 seconds remaining, the Ladycats saw the Bulldogs sink four free throws to seal the win, 45-38. The LadyCats return to Garnett on Thursday night to take the host team, Anderson County. The tourney wraps up with final games on Friday.
Matt Barrett returns to the BHS Gym as head coach of the WildCats this year. Matt coached at Lebo for seven years and is reurning to his Alma Mater to lead the WildCats. Taking on a KBCA ranked Class 4A II team in Osawatomie, the teams traded baskets in the first five minutes before the Cats raced to a 19 point halftime lead 45-26. The Trojans shrank the lead to 6 going into the final quarter. Trailing by 4 with 10 seconds remaining in the contest, Osawatomie scored in the paint and then stole the inbounds pass to convert, tieing the score and sending us into overtime.With both teams scoring 9 points each, we put four minutes on the clock for a second overtime period. Osawatomies fouls sent the WildCats to the charity stripe where they converted 10 of 13 attempts in the second OT to take the win 88-80. Mondays opener against Baldwin in the Bulldog-Wildcat Classic in Garnet held an erie reversed mirror image to the Cats first game of the season. This time Baldwin held the big lead at the half and the WildCats played from behind. From an inbounds play under the Cats basket with 10 seconds remaining on the clock, Grant Shell hits a three point shot from the top of the key to tie the score 61-61. Hitting 4 of 4 free throws in OT, the Cats win again 71-68. With a win over Anderson County on Thursday night, the Cats can head to the Championship game on Friday.
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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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