• Wildcats win with

    4th-quarter rally

    By Halle Grosjean

    On February eighth, the Durant Wildcats made a huge comeback to win against the Mid-Prairie Hawks 61-58 at home.

    Junior Joe Lilienthal and senior Mason Compton both led the team with 16 points, followed by Easton Botkins with 11 points. Junior Drew Delong and senior Bryce Lafrenz had eight points, and Marcus Engstler had two points.

    “We came out the second half with way better intensity, and we really got after it in the defensive end,” Drew Delong said. “All that effort eventually turned into success and we came out with the win.”

    The Wildcats started off the first quarter on the tail of the Hawks, 18-16. In the second quarter, the Wildcats only scored seven points while letting the Hawks score 11. The Wildcats trailed at half 29-23.

    In the third quarter, the Wildcats saw their deficit grow to nine points, 45-36, but in the fourth quarter, the Wildcats scored 25 points and only allowed the Hawks to score 13 to seal the three-point victory.

    Lafrenz led the team in rebounds with seven. Following behind him was Lilienthal with six, Botkins with five, Compton with three, Delong with two, and both Zac Badtram and Engstler with one.

    Botkins led the team in assists with six. Following behind him were Compton, Lafrenz, and Lilienthal with three assists each. Delong had two assists, and Engstler had one.

    Botkins also led the team in steals with three. Following him with two were Delong and Lilienthal. Both Compton and Lafrenz had one steal that game. Lilienthal had 3 blocks.

    In other action, the Wildcats lost a nail biter 44-43 against the Tipton Tigers at Durant on February 6.

    Junior Joe Lilienthal led the team with 16 points, followed by Easton Botkins with nine points and Drew Delong with six. Both Mason Compton and Marcus Engstler had three points, and Zac Badtram had two points.

    “We came out in the first quarter on fire I believe, but we cooled down,” said Delong. "In the third and the fourth, we played them dead even. It was a good game all around.”

    The Wildcats started off the first quarter with the lead, 18-13. In the second quarter, the Wildcats only scored six points while letting the Tigers score 12. The Tipton Tigers took the lead at half, 25-24.

    In the third quarter, the Wildcats tried to take back the lead and tied it up 34-34. The Wildcats scored 10 points, letting the Tigers score only nine.

    In the fourth quarter, Tipton escaped with a one-point victory. Durant’s Bryce Lafrenz had a chance to win the game as time ran out, but the mid-range shot was no good.

    “Throughout the game I felt like we were really clicking, and a lot of things were going our way,” said Delong. “We were rebounding, knocking down shots, and playing with great intensity on the defensive side. We finished with a loss in the stat sheet, but we didn’t give up on the game at all.”

    Lilienthal also led the team in rebounds with 11, four offensive rebounds and seven defensive rebounds. Following Lilienthal, Lafrenz and Compton both had four rebounds that night. Engstler had three rebounds, Botkins had two and Badtram had one rebound.

    Botkins led the team in assists with four. Following behind him was Compton with two assists. Four other players had one assist, including Jack Voss, Delong, Lafrenz, and Anthony Mundt.

    Botkins also led the team in steals with two and following him with one were Delong, Engstler, Brendan Paper, and Mundt. Engstler and Lilienthal both had one block that game.