Wildcats let Greenwood slip by, but defeat Hillsboro

Blair-Taylor's Josh Olson uses the screen by Dakota Garrett to shake Hillsboro's defender, Gunner Hynek, while driving towards the lane in the first half of Saturday's nonconference game.

The Greenwood Indians slipped past the Blair-Taylor Wildcats last Thursday evening by a score of 61-59.

This game was close the entire way with neither team taking more than a 3-point advantage in the entire game.

“This was a good game and we had our chances to win, we just have to finish games like this,” said head coach Randy Storlie.

The Wildcats had a chance to put the game away in the final minutes but they missed their free throw attempts and the Indians didn’t.

“We dropped two games in a row because of our inability to hit free throws down the stretch. We have to get better at that and we will,” Storlie said.

The Indians not only hit their free throws, but they also connected on 12 3-pointers in the game as the Wildcats had only four long-range shots go in.

“Im very proud of the guys and the way they kept playing even when things didn’t go well for us. That is a sign of quality team,” Storlie said.

Leading the scoring attack for B-T was Matt Waldera with 21 points. Tyler Kirchner added 10, Issac Nerby had seven, Logan Smith six, Nick Shepherd five, Dakota Garrett four and Josh Olson and Kyle Steien each had two points.

The Blair-Taylor boys got back on the winning side of things with an impressive 56-40 victory over the Hillsboro Tigers Saturday.

The Tigers were just coming off a game were they lost on a buzzer beater shot to the sixth-ranked team in Division 5 in the state, so the Cats knew they had to come to play solid ball on Saturday.

The Wildcat defense was the story of the game as they only allowed the Tigers 15 points at halftime and in the second half they never let the Tigers get back into the game.

The Wildcats coasted in the final four minutes of the game as they built a 20-point lead.

“I was so impressed with the defense, it was outstanding. The team play was also so much fun to watch, everyone played well. This was a good game for the guys and a nice win,” Storlie said.

Leading the balanced scoring attack was Waldera with 17 points, Olson had 10, Nerby nine, Smith had six, Steien five, Shepherd four, Alec Reismann three and Tyler Kirchner with two points.

The Wildcats enter the Christmas break with a 3-3 record.

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Jackson County Chronicle editor

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