Wildcats boys almost get 1st win of the year
By Jarann Johnson
On paper, Washburn looked like they were going to easily collect a road win against Center-Stanton. Washburn had a 3-2 record and Center-Stanton was winless, but the game didn’t go as expected.
Center-Stanton was close to getting a win for three quarters but fell away in the final frame, resulting in a 66-44 Washburn win.
Center-Stanton took an early first quarter lead on a Karson Backer 3-pointer. Backer’s 3-pointer put Center-Stanton up 5-2.
At the halfway point of the first quarter, Center-Stanton was still leading. James Henke, junior guard, made a two-pointer and Center-Stanton led 9-8.
Washburn went on a small 4-0 run capped by a Koby Hansen score to regain a 10-9 lead. Center-Stanton didn’t let Washburn stay in the lead and regained the lead with two Backer free throws.
Center-Stanton’s surprise start had home fans fired up, but it wasn’t enough to keep Hanson quiet. Hansen scored five more points before the end of the period and Washburn led 20-11.
Center-Stanton needed to respond and did, starting the quarter with an 11-0 run to take the lead. Henke capped the run by making a shot and being fouled, but failed to convert the bonus free throw.