Wild Rose’s Evan Erickson puts up an early fourth quarter shot between two Marion defenders during the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) first round playoff game at home on March 3. Erickson lead the Wildcats with 18 points, including a three-pointer and shooting 5 of 5 from the free throw line.

WR Wildcats defeat Marion in first round

It wasn’t easy, but the Wild Rose Wildcats managed to sneak out a 57-56 win over the Marion Mustangs during the March 3 boys’ Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) first round playoff game.

“In tournament basketball the only thing that matters is the outcome, and we got the win,” said Coach Jim Komp. “We had to deal with tough circumstances and missed a lot of shots, which made things difficult for ourselves, but we managed to come back and a win was the outcome. Now we have to be back here to do it again.”

The first quarter began slowly but a 11-6 lead was nothing new for the hosts. Four players shared the scoring for the Wildcats, including Aaron VandeCastle, 4 points and Evan Erickson, a three-pointer. 

Things began falling apart for Wild Rose in the second quarter as Marion shot well ahead behind four three’s coming from Jared Sawall. Tanner Hudziak had been the only Wildcat to score in the second period with 4 points. As time wound down, three Wildcats stepped up to cut the deficit. The halftime score was 26-21 in favor of the Mustangs.