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Archive for: December 2012

Wildcats hold off late Shawnee surge

By Greg Evans

After being down 11 points in the third quarter, Piedmont decided they wanted to get on the same page and capture a hard fought victory over Shawnee. The Wolves missed a last second three and the Wildcats escaped with a 50-47 victory.

Tuesday night started off at a snails pace. Neither team was able to reach double digits until late in the quarter. A tightly called game by the referees played into the pace, as neither team was able to establish a rhythm. While there was no rhythm, Piedmont was able to keep themselves in the game with some strong rebounding.

The teams traded baskets throughout the second. Shawnee’s defensive pressure flustered the Wildcat ball handlers at times and Wolf defenders drew charges at will. Despite their offensive struggles, Piedmont kept themselves in the game with effort on the defensive end of the floor. Cameron Peters tied things up before the teams headed to the locker room by hitting a floater at the buzzer.

Shawnee came out of the break on a tear and turned a 25-25 tie into a 37-26 Shawnee lead with 3:40 left in the third quarter. A Kendell Franklin jumper ended an almost three minute Wildcat scoring drought and Piedmont started to chip away at the Wolf lead. Offensive pressure by Franklin, Peters and Darrius Burris helped Piedmont battle back into the contest and the Wildcats trailed by just three headed into the final frame.

Burris and Franklin continued to be offensive sparks for Piedmont at the start of the fourth but the Wildcat defense was the name of the game. Piedmont held Shawnee scoreless for almost three minutes and a pair of Tanner Larson free throws helped Piedmont take a 44-42 lead before the Wolves tied it up again. Adrion Williams helped Piedmont take another two-point lead and helped the Wildcat defense put the clamps on the Wolves. The inside presence of Piedmont’s bigs proved to be too much with 14 seconds remaining. Shawnee got four shots off in the paint but couldn’t convert. Williams walked to the line after corralling a rebound to hit two more free throws and secure the victory for Piedmont. Read more →

Lady Wildcats fall in double OT

By Greg Evans

Fans got a double helping of extra basketball on Tuesday night when Piedmont fell to the Lady Wolves of Shawnee 62-57 in double overtime.

Piedmont and Shawnee played a close game all night and things came down to execution in crunch time. The Lady Wolves, who are the defending Class 5A state champions, have been in the same situations many times and were able to do the little things when it mattered most. For Piedmont, it was a great learning experience for a growing team.

The Lady Wildcats were sparked by the play of Breanu Reid and Hayden Priddy in the first half. Reid and Priddy combined for 15 of the Lady Wildcats 25 first half points. Piedmont put together a great defensive effort out of the gate. Shawnee battled back and took a 12-11 lead with five seconds left in the first. Shawnee would stretch that lead to as many as six in the second quarter but the Lady Wildcats continued to find a way to stay in the game despite some offensive hiccups. Piedmont trailed by three at halftime.

The third quarter was all about senior guard Kristin Hager. Hager came off the bench and scored all 11 of the Lady Wildcats third quarter points. At the 4:52 mark, Piedmont took their first lead since the first quarter and clung to a three point lead when the third came to an end.

The teams traded baskets in the fourth quarter but some rough late game execution bit the Lady Wildcats. Shawnee started to foul at the 45 second mark, down one.  Ashley Almond helped Piedmont to a two point lead with six seconds left on the clock but Shawnee drained a shot as the clock expired to send the game into overtime.

Piedmont came out in overtime struggling to take care of the ball and Shawnee built a slim lead. Sarah Parker helped Piedmont stay afloat by attacking the basket and drawing fouls. Parker tied the game with four seconds remaining to force another bonus period. Read more →

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