Hot start leads to big win for Wildcats

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Hot start leads to big win for Wildcats

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 07:04
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#2 WILDCATS—86

Watonga—59

It took only five minutes for the No. 2 Wildcats to put the game on tilt against the Watonga Eagles.

The Wildcats opened the game on fire, storming out to a 10-0 lead with 6:40 to go in the first quarter. Watonga burned a timeout in hopes of cooling down the Wildcats, but it wouldn’t work as Cashion rattled off 17 unanswered points. By the time Watonga scored its first field goal of the game with 3:04 remaining in the quarter, the Wildcats held a commanding 27-2 lead.

Eventually, Cashion returned to earth, allowing Watonga to close the gap to as close as nine with 2:21 to go in the half before the Wildcats pushed the lead back to 12 at halftime.

Watonga would get as close as eight in the third quarter, but for every basket, the Eagles scored, the Wildcats responded with one of their own.

Leading 61-46 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Wildcats did it again. Jacob Woody opened the quarter by hitting a deep three before Jonah Jenkins hit back-to-back threepointers to push the lead to 24. Jacob Woody capped off the surge to start the fourth with an and-one to give the Wildcats 12 unanswered points to crush any hopes of a Watonga comeback.

After the game, Cashion Head Coach John Hardaway said he enjoyed the hot start but prefers a slow build up rather than a full-on ambush.

“The thing about it is, it’s awesome to watch, but I hate it too,” Hardaway said. “I hate it because you know you’re not going to keep that going and eventually it’s going to balance out. What happens is when you start like that you let your defensive guard down. It happens every single time. I would much rather have the slow builder where it kind of happens in the third or fourth quarter. Don’t get me wrong, though. That was awesome and cool to watch.”

The Wildcats were led by Jenkins and Woody. Both had their fingerprints all over the game, as Jenkins finished with a gamehigh 25 points with Woody right behind him with 22.

“Jonah played out of his mind tonight,” Hardaway said. “I don’t know what he finished with but it felt like so many. Woody played great, too. I think that speaks to the depth of this team. We have so many guys that can score the basketball. We just try to find matchups where we can take advantage and tonight it was with Jonah and Jacob.”

The No. 2 Wildcats will be back in action tonight when they travel to face Class 3A No. 12 Hennessey. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m.