Wildcats defeat Marion, 69-55
The Wild Rose Wildcats slashed their way to a 69-55 home victory over the Central Wisconsin Conference-10 Marion Mustangs on Jan. 20.
“Playing back-to-back is never easy,” said Wild Rose Head Coach Jim Komp after having made up a game against Tigerton the night before. “But we found a way to grind it out and I am happy about it. We have to do a better job at not fouling at the defensive end of the court. This is at least the fourth game we had to deal with foul trouble.”
The hosts had things well in hand for a 31-21 lead well into the first half, with plenty of scoring being done between the teams in the final few minutes.
Evan Erickson who tallied nine points in the half scored twice in the final few minutes, while getting some help from Wild Rose teammates Jacob Lund and Ben Gosenheimer to keep the Wildcat lead.
Lund had a total of eight points in the half, which was highlighted by two 3-point shots, while Gosenheimer tallied four points.
Marion cut the hosts’ lead to seven in the final few minutes of the first with scores from Chris Buss, two free throws, Dhonvian Haas, and two free throws from Carson Malueg. Despite Buss’s 18 total points in the half built on four 3-pointers, Malachi Martz’s two 3-pointers for six points, and Malueg’s four points, the Mustangs trailed the Wildcats 39-30 at halftime.
Wild Rose also received nine points from Alec VandeCastle in the first half, with a 3-pointer, and eight points from Caleb Williams, with two 3-point shots. The hosts only registered four fouls in the half compared to the visitors’ five.
The Wildcats kept control of the game in the second half offensively as well as defensively. VandeCastle was first to score with two of his seven points, which included a 3-point shot.