JV Wildcats win in the league, lose in tournament

Stettler JV boys won their league game on Wednesday, Feb. 10 as they beat West Central of the Rocky Mountain House 58-47.

Stettler JV boys won their league game on Wednesday, Feb. 10 as they beat West Central of the Rocky Mountain House 58-47.

“It was not a very solid performance by the Wildcats as they had to come from a six-point deficit in the first half to defeat the visitors,” said coach Warren Aspenes. “We had plenty of scoring chances but we were not able to finish around the basket while the other team shot much better from the floor.”

The Stettler defence held on long enough to get the offence going and shortly into the third quarter the Wildcats took the lead and never looked back.

Over the weekend, the JV boys participated in the Westaskiwin Boys’ Invitational, performing well but not good enough.

In their first game against Camrose Trojans, Jordan Lane ended up with 43 points as they routed their opponents 80-59.

“Their first game against Camrose was exactly opposite to Wednesday night as the boys were on fire from the floor,” said Aspenes. “With the win the boys ended up on the A side of the draw and a match with the home town Wetaskiwin team Saturday morning, but despite a well-played game defensively by both teams, our boys didn’t have the same success around the basket as the previous night.”

Wildcats were down by only one point at half but then let the opponents pull away in the third quarter with some defensive mistakes.

Westaskiwin went on to win 65-45.

In their final game against Chestermere, Wildcats lost 63-58.

“Both teams played a very exciting fast paced game in spite of it being their third game in less than 24 hours,” said Aspenes. “Chestermere took an early lead that we just couldn’t seem to close.”

Wildcats face Ponoka on Wednesday, Feb. 17 in an away game and Lindsay Thurber next Wednesday, Feb. 24 in Red Deer, which will round up the season for the JV boys.