It was a pretty darn busy week for the Kit Carson Wildcats as they had a conference makeup game in Granada on Tuesday where they won easily, 66-21. By Friday, they were hosting Stratton-Liberty for a non-conference game and came away with a 59-49 victory. Finally, the boys boarded the bus and went on one of their longer road trips of the season to another non-conference game in Springfield. In that game, it appears that the Wildcats struggled with some fatigue late in the game, but would eventually win a tight, 61-55, contest.
The Cats are sitting on an impressive 11-2 record with only undefeated Holly beating them---twice.
Kit Carson used a 14-0 first quarter run to control the game with Granada on Tuesday. By the second quarter, Coach Damon Dechant was able to play his bench liberally as the scoring continued, but the Bobcats managed to eventually get on the board. By halftime it was 31-10. But it would be a hot third quarter where Carson scored 26 points that would solidify the win. The three balls were raining down as the Cats hit 12 of them during the contest.
Hunter Clapper was 3-8 from long distance and led in scoring with 14 points. He would also pull down 5 boards. Sullivan Farmer, coming off the bench, also hit for 3 long balls resulting in a 9-point contribution. Cordell Farmer had an excellent game pulling down 7 boards and dishing out 9 assists.
On Friday night the Cats hosted a good Stratton team and used a solid first half to control the ball game. It would take the inside game from S. Farmer, Jaden McCombs-Farmer, and T.J. Conaway to get the ball rolling. By the second period Clapper was back to his old self hitting four jumpers. At halftime the Cats had the lead, 28-16. Stratton came roaring back in the second half and came within five points by the end of the third, but still trailing, 40-35. Dechant’s group did a good job controlling the ball during the fourth period and put the pressure on the Knighted Eagles by hitting three long balls including two from Braydon Bogenhagen and another from Nick Chavez. Stratton-Liberty would have to foul to stop the clock as the Cats were in control. The Purple & Gold would be on the line 13 times in the period, but did struggle by only hitting six freebies.
McCombs-Farmer led all scorers with 11 points, while Bogenhagen had nine more—all three balls.
Despite a scary final quarter in Springfield on Saturday night where the Cats only scored five points while the Longhorns were putting it to them pouring in 18 counters, the boys from Kit Carson managed to finish one of the tightest games they have had thus far. The Cats had trouble defensively, usually their forte, as the Longhorns poured in an impressive 14 three-balls on the night. In fact, that was about the extent of their offense as they were just 2-for-5 from the charity line and managed to hit 8 jumpers throughout the contest. The Cats, for their part, put together a solid game of offense, particularly in the third period. That would be the period that was the decider as the Cats outscored the Longhorns 22-7. Going into the final period, it seemed Kit Carson would glide to an easy victory leading, 56-37. But the Longhorns came stampeding back giving the Cats all they could handle. Kit Carson managed to control the ball just long enough to finish with the win.
The Cats had three players in double figures including Clapper who had 18 points. William Hornung had a strong game putting in 15 counters from the post position, while McCombs-Farmer chipped in 11 more.
Kit Carson will host conference rival Eads on Friday night and then bring in the always tough Fleming group from up north on Saturday night. On Friday night fans have an opportunity to join in the Hoop Shoot sponsored by ES Tech. All proceeds will go to both Kit Carson and Eads basketball programs. Game time is set for 4:00 pm.
Photo Credit Bob Schecter