Cashion - 70
When facing the Cashion Wildcats, the scouting report is fairly simple: make everyone not named Jacob Woody and Alex Nabavi beat you. That’s not a slight to the rest of the Wildcats, that’s just how good the dynamic duo is.
They do a plethora of different things that can put a game on tilt in a hurry. For the most part, that’s putting the ball through the net. On Saturday, against Watonga in the Area 3, District 2 championship, the two juniors put the ball in the basket a lot.
Nabavi got things going first. He hit five of his first six shots, scoring 13 of Cashion’s 15 first quarter points. Woody scored the other two.
With all eyes on Nabavi, he passed the scoring baton to his running mate, Woody. Woody scored eight points in the second quarter, six of those coming in the final 45 seconds before halftime, giving a hint of what was going to come in the second half.
Woody scored 15 points in the second half, including several big shots down the stretch to help Cashion beat Watonga for the third time this season, this time securing a district championship. Combined, the dynamic duo scored a combined 50 points (Woody with 27, Nabavi with 23).
“Alex really carried us in that first quarter,” Cashion Head Coach John Hardaway said. “He can be a really great player. With his injury over Christmas break, it forced him to sit out a few games and he’s really just now got back into the groove of things over the last couple of weeks. That first quarter showed the kind of confidence he’s playing with. Then Jacob kind of took over after that. They both really contributed for us tonight.”
With the win, the Wildcats stay on the winning side of the bracket. The win over Watonga was huge for state tournament hopes. A win this Thursday would be even bigger.
“You want to stay on the winning side of the bracket for as long as you can,” Hardaway said. “Winning this Thursday in regional would be huge because it puts you two games away from state. If you lose, you have to win five games to get there. That’s the difference, win two or win five, so Thursday night will be huge for us.”
The Wildcats are as battle tested as anyone in the state. They’ve played 10 Top-20 teams and are 3-1 against Top-10 teams, and 2-0 against Top-5 teams. On Thursday, they’ll face another Top-10 team in 19-4 #10 Carnegie in Burns Flat-Dill City.
“I told the kids before the playoffs that there have been four teams ranked number one in our class and we’ve beat two of them,” Hardaway said. “Those two have beat the other two, so why can’t we just go out there and beat everybody? We’ve seen everything. We’ll be ready.”