Wildcats win basketball opener
The Trumann Wildcats hosted the Weiner Cardinals this past Monday in their high school basketball opener. Trumann (1-0) had four players in double digits as they posted a 75-56 win.
Grayson Dye opened the scoring in the game drilling a three-pointer for a 3-0 lead less than a minute into the game. Alex Nicholson got the Cardinals on the board as he hit one of two free throws to make the score 3-1. Trumann scored the next five points as Cameron Jones and Jacob Brumley scored baskets around a free throw from Nate Maxwell for an 8-1 Wildcat lead with 5:42 left in the period. Weiner's Logan Bray scored back to back buckets to cut the lead to 8-5 with 4:26 left. Jones was fouled and made both free throws. Logan Bray of Weiner was fouled on Weiner's possession and hit both this foul shots to make it 10-7. Burl Tate cut the Wildcats lead to 10-8 with a free throw with 3:20 left in the first period. Trumann went on 15-4 open up a double digit lead. Weston Gilliam scored inside and was followed by back to back three-pointers from A.J. Winningham to push the lead to 18-8. Drake Melton hit two free throws for Weiner to make the score 18-10 with 59 seconds left in the period. Dye scored on a lay up and Jones rebounded his own miss and scored to make the score 22-10 with 14 seconds left. Nicholson muscled in for two for Weiner and Jones hit a three-quarter court three-pointer for Trumann to make the score 25-12 Wildcats after 1.
Trumann pushed their lead to 18 less than a minute into the second period. Maxwell scored off a nice pass from Jones, Dye hit one of two free throws and Maxwell made two free throws to give the Wildcats a 30-12 lead with 7:01 left in the period. Weiner's Tyler Cronin scored inside for the Cardinal's first points of the second period making the score 30-14. Winningham scored off a dish from Jones to make the score 32-14. Melton hit two free throws for Weiner before Dye scored the next four points on a lay up and two free throws to make the score 36-16 Trumann. Weiner's Tyler Armstrong hit one of two free throws to set the score at 36-17 with 5 minutes left before half. Brumely scored on a rebound basket and was fouled. Brumley converted the old school three point play to push Truman's lead to 39-17. Nicholson scored the next six points for Weiner hitting one of two free throws, scoring off a rebound and then converting a conventional three pointer to cut the lead to 39-23. Dye had a steal and lay up before Weiner reeled off five straight points off free throws. Nicholson hit one of two, Cronin made two and Bray sank one to make the score 41-28 Trumann with 2:05 left in the period. Brumley made a free throw before Melton scored and was fouled. Melton made the free throw cutting the Wildcats lead to 42-31. The teams traded free throws over the last minute of the half. Denzel Brown and Brumley hit one each for Trumann as Burl Tate hit two for Weiner to set the halftime score at 44-33 Trumann.
Alex Jones opened the scoring in the third period for Weiner hitting a running jumper to make the score 44-35. Jones and Dye hit back to back shots to push the lead back out to 48-35 Trumann. Alex Jones hit another running jumper followed by a Winningham three-pointer to make the score 51-37 Wildcats. Maxwell stuck back a rebound with 5:34 left for a 53-37 lead. Nicholson made a free throw and an inside basket around a Winninham three-point play making the score 56-40 with 3:20 left. Maxwell scored on a lay up and Nicholson hit a jumper in the lane before Maxwell hit another lay up and Nicholson hit one of two free throws with 2:02 left setting the score at 60-43. Alex Jones scored the last five points of the quarter for Weiner on a full court drive and an inside bucket with a foul shot added to send the teams to the final period with Trumann leading 60-48.
Denzel Brown opened the scoring the final period with two free throws to give the Wildcats a 62-48 lead. Cameron Jones took the ball the length of the court for a basket stretching the lead to 64-48. Nicholson hit one of two free throws before Cameron Jones scored on a lay up to make it 66-49 Wildcats. Bray hit a free throw for Weiner before Maxwell scores a put back making the score 68-50 with 4:17 left to play. Cronin and Soden hit three free throws around a Dalton Carter lay up to set the score at 70-53. Daryn Pruitt hit a three-pointer for Trumann with 1:09 left before Josh Evans scored on a lay up to give Trumann a 75-53 lead with 57 seconds left. Jordan Davis hit a free throw with 31 seconds left and Soden hit two free throws with six seconds left to set the final score at 75-56.
"Overall I was pleased with our effort, you could tell it was our first game as we were rusty" Trumann coach Skip Dulaney said after the game. "The effort on defense was good early but we let them back in the game late and need to work on that," Dulaney added.
Cameron Jones led Trumann with 15 points, Dye and Winningham each netted 14 points with Maxwell adding 10 points for the Wildcats. Nicholson led Weiner with 17 points.
Weiner won the junior high contest 40-33 with T.J. Schwarz scoring 14 points and Gatlin Greeno adding 11 points. Trumann was led by Dwalin Woods with 13 and Doc Chappell with 12 points.