By Greg Perkins —
The Joseph City Wildcats found the going rough last week as they lost to Snowflake and Mogollon.
They were up against another tough opponent in Snowflake last Friday, and combining that with too many mistakes usually sets things up for a poor outcome. The Lobos have played well all season with a record of 16-3 and they quickly got the upper hand on the court. Snowflake led by 13 points at the end of the first period and things only got worse from there on for the Cats. The Lobos eventually won the game 80-32.
“We turned the ball over and gave up a bunch of easy baskets, which led to our defeat,” said Coach Eric Miller.
Dallas Elmer led Joseph City with 10 points and Jaden Parra added 7.
Joseph City 6 12 7 7 32
Snowflake 19 25 24 12 80
On Saturday the Wildcats were back on the road at Heber facing their rivals, the Mustangs. Joseph City defeated Mogollon just a week earlier, but this time around the Mustangs got revenge, winning 60-50.
“This was a hard fought game throughout; unfortunately, we came out on the losing end. Wyatt Johnson had a good night shooting the ball and played solid defense on Mogollon’s top shooter. Daniel Bushman was a spark on both sides of the ball, as well,” noted Coach Miller.
Joseph City held a one-point lead at the end of the first quarter and again at the half. The third period was the turning point, with the Mustangs building a seven-point advantage. Both teams scored well in the fourth, but the Cats were 10 points down at the final buzzer.
Wyatt Johnson finished with 13 points, including two three-point shots and two steals. Daniel Bushman finished with 8 points, five rebounds, seven assists, three steals and one block. Jacob Fields was the leading scorer for Joseph City with 16 points.
Joseph City 12 8 12 18 50
Mogollon 11 8 20 21 60
The Cats enter this week with an overall mark of 9-10 and they are 6-3 in power point games, leaving them ranked 14th overall and sixth in their section of Division IV. The top 8 teams from each section will advance to the sectional tournament, then the top 24 teams according to power points will make the final state bracket.