Dec 212011

By Greg Perkins–

The Joseph City Wildcats split two games played last week, falling to Valley on Tuesday in Sanders, then picking up a home court win over Northland Prep on Saturday.

Tuesday’s game was well played by the Cats, but some missed easy buckets and poor free throw shooting left them on the wrong side of a 72-64 final score.

“We started off playing very well and played solid throughout the game. Unfortunately, we just came up eight points short. We rebounded well, but missed a lot of easy shots. Our turnovers ended up hurting us in the end, along with missed free throws,” said Coach Eric Miller.

Joseph City 17 17 18 12 64

Valley 18 18 18 18 72

Hosting Northland Prep on Saturday in their final game prior to the Christmas break, the Wildcats shot just 33 percent from the field and struggled offensively, but still pulled out a three-point win.

“This was a very physical game. Luckily, we were able to force some turnovers and we got several offensive rebounds, which gave us extra chances to score,” added Coach Miller.

Joseph City forced 16 turnovers with its defense and grabbed 19 offensive rebounds. After falling behind by a couple of points midway through the final quarter, the Wildcats hit some big shots down the stretch and came away with a 60-57 power point win to push their overall record to 3-4 on the season.

Northland 17 12 19 9 57

Joseph City 18 15 13 14 60

The Cats will be off until Dec. 28, when they play in the White Mountain Holiday Classic tournament in Lakeside.