By Greg Perkins
The Joseph City Wildcats had a rough week, suffering three straight losses, two of them on the road and one at home.
On Tuesday they played well, but couldn’t overcome a big first period from Holbrook and eventually lost 58-46. Joseph City stayed with Holbrook for much of the rest of the game, but never quite made up for the early deficit. Jacob Fields was easily the strongest player on the floor and he used that strength to score a team high 28 points. Wyatt Johnson added 14 and Chance Rush scored 4.
“We’ve had a tough week. The flu and other illnesses have really taken a toll on us this past week, affecting three of our key players. Friday night at Cibecue we were without Austin Bushman, T.J. Hendricks and Jaden Parra,” said Coach Scott Corum.
With a shorthanded lineup, the Wildcats trailed by seven after one and were down by 13 at the half. After cutting the lead to just seven with a quarter left, Joseph City faltered in the fourth, losing to Cibecue 71-51.
Fields finished with 26 points. Cody Davis added 8, Johnson had 6 and Koby Smith, 2.
Saturday night the Wildcats were back on the road at Heber taking on a solid Mogollon Mustang squad. The Cats trailed by three at the close of the first and by eight at the half. Their deficit slowly grew in the second before losing 72-62.
Fields led the way with 18, Johnson had 17, Smith finished with 9 and 15 boards, Rush added 7 with 13 rebounds. Davis scored 6 and Daniel Hutchens, 3.
“Jaden had returned to the team, but we were still shorthanded, missing T.J. and Austin, who were still out sick. Freshman Koby Smith played well for us with 9 points and 15 boards. Late in the game and down by just four, our team captain and leading scorer Jacob Fields fouled out. That was just something we were unable to overcome,” added Coach Corum.
The Wildcats will have four days of practice to get healthy and to prepare for home games against Snowflake on Friday, Jan. 18, and Mogollon on Saturday, Jan. 19. On Tuesday, Jan. 22, they play at St. Johns. Heading into this week’s action the Cats are 4-7 in power point contests.
By Greg Perkins