Wild Rose Wildcats defeat Newman Catholic, 76-53

The Wild Rose boys basketball team survived the early missed shots of the Feb. 27 Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association first round home playoff game against the Newman Catholic Cardinals to come out on top, 76-53.

“I thought we had a great defense intensity tonight,” stated Wild Rose Head Coach Jim Komp. “(The Cardinals) did a great job taking Alec (VandeCastle) out of the offensive side of things, and everyone else stepped up to compensate for it. If we can keep up with this intensity, I think we’ll be OK.”

The opening tipoff went to Wild Rose, but a 5-0 lead went to Newman Catholic because of the earlier shots by the Wildcats being unsuccessful, however, the Wildcats quickly turned it around taking the 7-5 advantage.

Wild Rose possessed a 14-5 lead before Newman Catholic could score again. Caleb Williams would gather up 19 points in the half, knocking down three 3-pointers and 2 of 2 free throws to lead the four Wildcat scorers. The hosts kept up the lead with help from Jeremiah Washington-Churchville adding 7 points, sinking 3 of 4 free throws, but the visitors did manage to cut the deficit to 7 points on two occasions.

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