Wildcats Battle Comets to the End Before Losing

posted Feb 10, 2017, 2:47 PM by Steve Barr   [ updated Feb 10, 2017, 6:32 PM ]
2/10/17 - Varsity - For the second time in four days, the Wildcats (6-12, 4-8 NBC) came up just short in the playing the spoiler role as they lost a 43-38 decision at home to Northern Buckeye Conference co-leader Genoa.  The Wildcats trailed at the end of each quarter, but it was close.  Genoa led 13-10 after one quarter, 19-18 at halftime and 33-31 after three quarters.  Woodmore pulled to within one point (37-36) in the fourth quarter on two free throws by junior Mitchell Miller with 2:58 left.  The Wildcats had a chance to take the lead on their next possession, but missed a lay up.  With 1:48 left, Genoa converted a pair of free throws and with 1:21 left the Comets converted two more free tosses to make it 41-36.  With 59.8 seconds left senior Derek Wank hit two free throws to narrow the gap to three points.  After a Genoa turnover, the Wildcats missed a three-point attempt but tied up Genoa on the rebound and got the ball back on the alternate possession.  But, the Wildcats turned the ball over without getting a shot and Genoa converted one of two free throws with 5.8 seconds left to ice the game.  Miller and senior JT Atkin led the Wildcats with 11 points apiece, eight of Atkin's points came in the first half, nine of Miller's points were scored in the second half.  Wank added seven points.  Woodmore battled the other league co-leader Eastwood on an even basis Tuesday before losing 69-55, a game that was a one-point contest with five minutes left.  Junior Varsity - Genoa built a 21-9 lead after one quarter and maintained that edge the rest of the way as Woodmore lost, 65-53.  The Wildcats trailed 36-19 at halftime and 51-36 heading into the fourth quarter.  Sophomore Hayden Heidebrink led Woodmore with 14 points, sophomore Drew burner added 13 points.  Sophomore Taityn Rollins scored nine points.  Freshman - In a close game all the way, Woodmore was outscored 9-2 in the fourth quarter in losing a 33-28 decision to Genoa.  Genoa led 11-6 after one quarter, Woodmore led 16-15 at halftime, and 26-24 heading into the fourth quarter.  Javier Slaughter and Andrew Barringer each had 10 points to lead the Wildcats.