Jan 082014

By Greg Perkins
The Wildcats have fallen on some tough times and things didn’t get much better at the White Mountain Holiday Classic held over the weekend at Blue Ridge High School in Lakeside. Joseph City, which came into the tournament with just two wins on the season, went 0-5 over the three-day tournament. Overall the Wildcats are now 2-11 on the season.
Joseph City fell to Benson 76-37 on Thursday morning, then lost to Gila Ridge of Yuma 68-45 in the Cats’ second game of the day.
Friday’s first game was a nailbiter, but the Wildcats came up just short against the Cowboys from Willcox, losing 54-53. The second game of the day wasn’t nearly as close as Joseph City suffered a 65-25 loss to Willow Canyon.
In Saturday’s only game, the Wildcats lost to Apache Junction by a final of 68-36.
While those losses mount up, competition against bigger schools will have helped the Wildcats prepare for their January schedule, which includes mostly Division IV schools, giving them an opportunity to turn their season around.
After playing Northland Prep on Tuesday in Flagstaff, Joseph City will have a week off to prepare for a matchup with the Mustangs at Heber on Tuesday, Jan. 14.