SHAWNEE—The Earlsboro Wildcats and Lady Wildcats resumed play in the consolation bracket of the Pottawatomie County Tournament, Friday night, and came away with a split decision. The Lady Wildcats cruised to a 52-15 win over the Macomb Lady Hornets, before the Wildcats dropped a 48-35 tussle to the Macomb Hornets.
The Hornets and Indians battled it out for four quarter. Earlsboro led 14-11 after the first quarter and were led by Micah Anderson’s six opening quarter points.
Macomb answered in the second quarter with the inside play of Alex Barry. Barry scored 12 of his game-high 14 points in the first half. His efforts helped to knot the game at 21-21 by half’s end.
Defense was the primary name of this game and the third quarter was no different. The two teams were held to 19 points, combined. The Wildcats held a slim 31-30 lead heading into the final frame.
In the fourth, the Hornets 'D' clamped down even harder and pulled away for the win. Earlsboro was held scoreless from the 4:50 mark until Ryan Long hit a free throw with :27 left in the game.
Macomb hit 6-of-8 free throws and hit two treys to advance into Saturday’s consolation finals. Ian Horn and Emmett McNutt hit the treys.
Barry was joined in double figures by Kolby Withee and McNutt. Withee had 11 while McNutt scored 10.
Trenton Nadeau scored 11 for Earlsboro and Chance Bohannon hit for seven.
In the girls game it didn’t take long for Earlsboro to flex their muscles. They took a 20-4 lead after the first quarter and increased it to 44-7 at the half.
The Lady Wildcats slowed the pace way down in the second half to conserve energy for Saturday’s consolation championship game.
Brianna Nadeau led all scorers with 12 and Alexxis Coon added nine for the Lady Wildcats. Karliegh Cash chipped in with nine points off of the bench.
Macomb was led in scoring by Mariah Carolina and Kathleen Dobbs. Each had five points as the Lady Hornets wrapped up play in the tournament.
Earlsboro will face the Asher Lady Indians this Saturday at 10:30 a.m.