• Kit Carson Solidly Defeats Arickaree/Woodlin

Kit Carson Solidly Defeats Arickaree/Woodlin

By Amy Johnson

2017-01-11 17:36:19

Last Saturday the Kit Carson Wildcats travelled to Woodlin to take on the Arickaree/Woodlin Mustangs/Indians.  The ball games began at 2:00 pm with junior high, and the KC boys took the floor at just after 7:30 pm.  This was the first game for KC since the Holiday Tournament, and though it had been three weeks since the tournament, the Wildcats showed no signs of being rusty.

KC started off strong and was up 12-3 with a few minutes left in the first quarter.  Arickaree would make one more basket before the Wildcats ended the quarter with a long 3-pointer from Chase Medford, and it was 15-6 advantage Wildcats.  KC would lead in rebounding for the game. This was evident in the second quarter when good defensive rebounding helped hold Arickaree to just 7 points, while the Wildcat offense scored 10.  It was 25-13 at halftime. The third quarter was KC’s strongest, as they tallied 28 points on the board and held Arickaree to 11.  The Wildcats had the biggest lead of the game in this quarter, 29 points ahead of Arickaree.  Despite some heavy foul trouble by the starters in the second half, the KC bench contributed greatly and the Wildcats never faltered, finishing the game with a solid 58-34 win.

Kit Carson was 7-for-24 from the 3-point line (29%), while Arickaree made 2 of 17 (12%).  From 2-point range the Wildcats shot 16-for-29 (55%) and Arickaree was 12-for-27 (44%).  Finally, from the charity stripe the Cats made 5-of-9 (56%) while Arickaree was 4-for-13 (31%).  KC outrebounded Arickaree 37 to 32.  The Cats had 11 turnovers while forcing 14 on Arickaree.  Leading scorer for KC was Jaxon Crawford with 24, Brad Johnson had 8, William Hornung and Trevor Medford had 6 apiece, Blake Dickey 7, Darrell Arnold 5, and David Arnold had 2.  Leading rebounders were Crawford and Dickey with 7 apiece, Johnson had 5, Hornung 4, Jayden-McCombs Farmer 1, Darrell Arnold and TJ Conaway had 2 apiece, Medford 6, and Hunter Clapper 3.  Crawford and Medford each took 2 charges, Crawford had 1 block, Johnson and Medford each had 3 steals, and Johnson and Dickey each had 5 assists.

In JV Action the KC Wildcats defeated Arickaree/Woodlin 28-14.  Leading scorer for Kit Carson was TJ Conaway with 11, Jayden McCombs-Farmer chipped in 2, Cordell Farmer had 3, David Arnold contributed 8, Nick Chavez with 2, and Peter Hornung had 2.  Leading rebounder for the Wildcats was Conaway with 5, McCombs-Farmer had 2, Cordell Farmer 4, David Arnold 3, Chavez 1, Bogenhagen 3, and Brock Weiand 1. David Arnold took a charge, McCombs-Farmer led in steals with 7 and Bogenhagen led in assists with 3. 

Coach Trahern commented on the Wildcat’s first game after the holiday break.  “It was great to get started again with a quality win.  We really played well in spurts on both ends of the court.  I thought the third quarter was the best single quarter we have played all year.  We put up 28 in that quarter and really played excellent scoring on 12 of 15 possessions in the quarter.  Overall we still have to get in better physical condition.  Our defense showed that in the second half, especially playing at the pace we want to play at.  Offensively we continue to improve.  We shot it well in stretches and we continue to improve from the free throw line.  I like where we are at after only a week of practice.  Our next four games will really be a fun stretch of games.  This week will be a big week for us with Granada coming in on Friday.  They just lost a close game with Wiley last week and Flagler comes in on Saturday.  They are a quality ball club coming in with a 7-1 record; their only loss was to Holly in the season opener.”

Photo Credit Amy Johnson

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