The Wildcats of Wilson Central fell to the Buccaneers of Beech High School 56-45 in the District 9AAA quarterfinal tournament game held at Campbell Brandon Gymnasium at Lebanon High School . Beech stormed out to a 11-5 lead over the Wildcats and before the halftime buzzer went off Beech had dominated all phases of the game. Halftime score was 34-9 as the Wildcats committed costly turnovers that led to Buc points. For the first 2 quarters Wilson Central had no answers to the Beech offensive attack as six Buccaneers placed their names in the scoring column. The play of the Wildcats had their Wildcat Nation supporters in the stands wondering “what in the world”….missing easy shots, making unforced errors and just a lack of concentration that the boys in blue had not shown in the previous 6 games. As the third quarter started Wilson Central came out blazing putting up a barrage of shots and steals that led to Cat points to make a 17-4 3rd quarter run and pull to a 38-26 score. The Wildcat Nation was enjoying the third quarter play and hustle the boys displayed and were all cheering on the Wildcats still with that hope the 4th quarter would continue as the 3rd. Beech however had other things on their mind as the Bucs held the Wildcats at bay to maintain the lead. The Wildcats outscored Beech 36-22 in the second half but unfortunately could not overcome the lead Beech had built 16:00 earlier. The Wildcats were led in scoring by Junior Kene Aruh with 19 points. Senior Cole Booth closed out his career scoring 7 along with Junior Kito Aruh with 5 and Junior Gavin Johnson, who battled injuries for most of the season, put in 5. Still others scoring for the Wildcats were Zae Kern with 2, Nate Ochoa with 3 and Daniel Jackson who hit a last second 3 point half court+ shot with 3.
The Wildcat Nation salutes and pay’s tribute to Seniors Cole Booth and Dawson Hamilton as they end their 2016-17 Senior season winning 15 games against 13 losses for the Blue and Gold.