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Webster boys tame Wildcats 68-44

by Emre K. Erku

Facing the Northwestern Wildcats in Mellette Feb. 9, Webster’s Bearcats won 68-44.

“Another nice team effort,” said Webster head coach Ken Wright. “The boys did a nice job of sharing the ball, which was evident by the high number of assists we had on the night. We also had good movement of both players and the basketball offensively.”

Along with the Bearcats’ 15 assists, locking in a 17-point performance was 5’10” senior guard Jordan Bauer. Senior teammate, 6’ small forward Noah Thurston netted 14 points.

The ‘Cats came out smoking in the first half, outscoring their opponents 42-20. They took their foot off the gas a tad in the second half as the edged the Wildcats in the scoring department 26-24.

“We were able to force Northwestern into a lot of turnovers, and that created a lot of fast break baskets,” said Wright. “Overall, I felt we played a pretty solid game at both ends of the court. Hopefully this momentum can carry through to our last few games of the regular season as we get ready for regions.”

The Bearcats hit 31 of 66 shots from the floor, one of three at the line and they hauled in 36 boards.

The Wildcats went 17 of 51 from the floor, eight of nine at the line and they took in 24 boards.

Toppling Titans
Parents attending senior night at the Webster Armory Feb. 6 were treated to a 74-57 win against Leola/Frederick to conclude the Bearcats’ final home game this season.

Webster seniors Noah Thurston, Ben Fromelt and Bauer all produced double digits while their 12th grade comrades scored across the board.

“Fun night, and a great night for our seniors,” said Webster head coach Ken Wright. “This was their last time to play in the armory, and all six scored! They also got the win, so it was a great way to end their careers at home.”

Webster’s guns were blazing early on as they accounted for 27 first quarter points.

“Jordan, Noah and Ben pulled the wagon for us, and they really set the tone early by all hitting three-pointers in the first quarter,” said Wright. “We got off to a great start, and that carried us to the end.”

The Bearcats maintained a consistent string of scoring throughout the entire game. The last three quarters they dropped in at least 17 points or more. Meanwhile, the Titans made offensive runs in the second and third quarters, scoring 16 points and 19. But it wasn’t enough as Webster ended with their sixth win of the season.

“(I’m) really proud of the seniors, and also the team,” said Wright.

Thurston recorded 19 points and 10 boards for a double-double. Bauer scored 16 tallies and Fromelt 10. As a a team they hit 29 of 69 shots from the field, eight of 11 at the line and they took in 48 rebounds.

Leola/Frederick’s Logan Heupel scored 16 points, Stephan Haas 15 and Zach Sumption 11. They went 23 of 65 from the floor, 10 of 19 at the line. They also took in 39 boards.

Crushed by Roncalli
They started off strong inside the arc, but two quarters of stagnant offense killed the Bearcats’ chances of winning as they lost 77-54 against Aberdeen Roncalli under the armoy lights Feb. 5.

After a decent first quarter, going 12 points apiece with the Cavaliers, the Bearcats were held to 10 in the second as Roncalli racked up 19 to control a 31-22 lead going into halftime.
Back in third quarter action, Bauer, Thurston and Block recorded six three-pointers to help their team outscore the Cavaliers 22 to 19. But being held to 10 points in the final stanza led the ‘Cats to a loss.

Block scored six three-pointers to help lead his team in scoring with 19 points. Block and Thurston recorded 11 tallies apiece. As a team they went 19 of 48 from the floor, six of 12 at the line while they hauled in 32 boards.

Roncalli’s Braden Sommers dropped in 19 points, Gus Reede 18, Logan Karst 12 and Sam Van Orman 10. Their team went 31 of 65 from the floor, five of six at the line and they took in 33 rebounds.

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