By Greg Perkins
The Joseph City Wildcats wrapped up the basketball season last week by splitting the final two games with a win over Hayden on Wednesday followed by a home court loss to Ray on Friday. The Wildcats finished the regular season ranked 39th in power points and will not be playing in the sectional tournament with a chance to advance in the rankings, meaning their season is over. The Cats posted a season mark of 9-19.
Wednesday’s game with Hayden was a high point for the Cats, who turned a six-point first period lead into a 37-14 halftime margin, thanks to a big second period. From that point they cruised to a 59-41 win.
Koby Smith had a huge night, scoring 25 points and pulling down 20 rebounds. Hayden Hendricks added 13 points and duplicated that number on the boards. Matt Fields netted 11; Landon Baldwin, 4; Troy Poudrier, 3; Bryndon Buckley, 2; and Tyler Brinkley, 1.
Friday’s finale saw the Cats open a six-point margin through the first and they still led by three at the half. The margin slipped to two heading into the fourth, where Ray outscored them by seven to secure the 52-47 win.
Hendricks led the way for Joseph City with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Fields added 15 points; Smith 7, with 11 boards; Bryson Palmer, 4; and Baldwin, 3.