Wild Rose Jarrett Tietz maneuvers around to pass to a Wild Rose teammate against an Almond-Bancroft defender during the second quarter of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) second round at Wild Rose on March 6.

Wildcats fall to Eagles, 36-34

 Wild Rose Wildcats fell to the 36-34 in what was a tough Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) second round matchup against their CWC-10 rival the Almond-Bancroft Eagles.

“The finality of a season is hard,” said Wild Rose Head Coach Jim Komp. “I appreciate everything the three seniors did throughout their careers. Tonight we need to give credit to Coach Lamb and his team in what they did on the court. They did some great things, which made things difficult for us. I’m very proud of how our kids played this year, and hopefully the young kids can build on this for next year.”

The game started with Wild Rose getting on the board early in the opening period. Austin Bunders answered back for the Eagles with 5 points, beginning with a three-pointer. The hosts were able to regain the lead, 7-5, later when Jarrett Tietz sank a free throw being fouled on a basket. 

The visitors had tied the score then regained the lead to finish the period 10-9 with consecutive scores from Allan Zinda for 4 points. One other Eagle contributed to score a bit, while three Wildcats assisted Tietz in scoring for Wild Rose.

The second quarter of play was lower scoring, as both teams wanted to control the ball through steals and rebounds. Shots were missed, but Wild Rose did manage a 12-10 lead when Tanner Hudziak sank a three-pointer.