B-T boys take two of three
The Blair-Taylor boys took two of three away from their home court last week, including a Dairyland Conference victory. B-T fell in a wave of free-throws last Monday to Loyal, who came back to upset the Wildcats with a surprising second half. Then on Thursday at Augusta, the Wildcats tallied their second 100-point game of the season to rout the Beavers in a Dairyland matchup. The week ended at Just a Game Fieldhouse against Royall, where the defense shined as B-T took their final game of the week. A 2-1 week improves the Wildcats to 12-2 overall, as well as 9-0 in the Dairyland. Their week thus far included another conference foe as 7-2 Melrose-Mindoro visited on Tuesday, with the remainder of their week featuring another Dairyland host matchup with 2-7 Gilmanton on Friday and another home game against Cashton as well.
Loyal 79 B-T 73 - The Greyhounds came back from a 39-26 halftime deficit in front of their home fans to shock the Wildcats in a game won primarily from the free-throw line. The Wildcats shot nine-of-17 in their chances at the charity stripe, but were unable to match Loyal's 30 conversions on 36 attempts that included 26 second-half opportunities from the line. Kole Bogdonovich led the Greyhounds from the line, converting 20-of-20 as part of a 43-point night. B-T head coach Randy Storlie said defensive breakdowns contributed to a 53-point second half for Loyal, but took nothing away from the Greyhounds. "They were on fire hitting shots," Storlie said. "It was just one of those nights you learn from and move on." Leading the Wildcats on the game were 18 points each from Kyle Steien and Alec Reismann, followed by 13 from Logan Smith, eight from Nick Shepherd, six from Issac Nerby, four from Cain Fremstad and two each from Kaleb Smith, Matt Waldera and Tyler Thompson. Logan Smith added 10 rebounds and four blocks, while Reismann and Nerby had six assists each. Reismann also added four steals to round out statistical leaders.
B-T 100 Augusta 41 - B-T's second time hitting the century mark on the season came in another convincing victory over a conference opponent on Thursday. Storlie was pleased with the way his team was able to bounce back from their early-week loss, as they led at half 55-18 "We moved the ball well and hit our shots (Thursday)," Storlie said. "To limit a very talented offensive team like Augusta to only 41 points means we really did a great job on defense." For the game, Steien led scorers with 28 points, while Nerby added 17, Reismann added 15, Logan Smith tallied 13 and 12 rebounds, Waldera added nine points and five assists, Kaleb Smith added seven, Shepherd had five and five assists, Fremstad had four and Thompson had three.
B-T 54 Royall 34 - A road trip to Wisconsin Dells was a productive one for the Wildcats to end their week, as B-T held down Royall defensively on Saturday. Storlie said he was content to come out of an unfamiliar environment with the win. "It was a fun day for the kids, to play at the Just a Game Fieldhouse in front of a very nice crowd from our school and other schools waiting to play is always a positive for our program," Storlie said. "We struggled on offense but Royall has a very good squad and they came to play." B-T led 28-19 at half, and held the Panthers in check to stay on top. Waldera led scorers with 15 points, followed by Nerby's 13, Reismann's 12, Logan Smith's eight and 10 boards, Steien's six, Shepherd and Fremstad each with two and Thompson with one.