Wildcats drop doubleheader
By Jarann Johnson
Center-Stanton Wildcats’ fans didn’t have to look long for a way to kick-off the 2016 calendar year. Wildcats fans knew they’d be heading to the boys’ and girls’ home doubleheader against Glen Ullin-Hebron.
The Glen Ullin-Hebron girls placed third at the Region 7 tournament last winter and offered the Wildcats a challenge and measuring stick. Glen Ullin-Hebron also owned a 19-point December win over the Wildcats.
Even though Glen Ullin-Hebron looked like the stronger team on paper, the Wildcats were up for the challenge. The Wildcats played strong enough defense in the first four minutes of the game to take a commanding home lead.
The Wildcats only allowed one point and led 7-1. Everything seemed to be going the Wildcats’ way -- up 13-4 late in the first quarter -- but Glen Ullin-Hebron found a small spark.
Glen Ullin-Hebron senior center Michaela Gerving swished a 3-pointer before the buzzer, cutting the Wildcats’ lead to six points, 13-7, at the end of the first.
At the start of the second quarter it seemed like the Wildcats were going to stay in control of the game. The Wildcats built an 18-10 lead with about six minutes to play in the second quarter. Glen Ullin-Hebron didn’t wilt under the surprising circumstances, and engineered a 9-0 run to take a 19-18 lead.
Glen Ullin-Hebron’s run was capped by a Gerving basket with 3:30 remaining in the half. Wildcats’ point guard Madeline Henke broke the run with a pair of free throws, giving Center-Stanton the lead, 21-20, with two minutes left in the half.