Wildcats down Harrisburg in conference action
Trumann turned a four point halftime lead into a 24 point lead at the end of three quarters as the Wildcats offense heated up and Harrisburg got aggravated and were tagged with three technicals as Trumann went on to a 74-44 win in 4A-3 conference action this past Friday in Harrisburg.
The Hornets jumped out to a 5-0 lead as Nathan Neal opened the scoring with a three-pointer followed by a baseline jumper from Walker Gardner. Trumann scored the next six as Jay Jones hit one of two free throws, Kevonte Andrews scored inside and Tre Simmons converted an old-school three-point play to make it 6-5 Trumann. Neal went coast to coast for Harrisburg, Andrews scored inside for Trumann before Neal scored again for the Hornets to make it 9-8 Harrisburg. Dalton Carter put the Wildcats up 11-9 with a three-pointer only to see Gardner covert a three-point after being fouled to give Harrisburg a 12-11 lead after one.
Matthew Walton opened the second quarter with a basket inside and followed with a three-pointer before Gardner hit two free throws to give Harrisburg a 19-11 lead. Kyle Collins scored inside before hitting one of two free throws to pull Trumann with 19-14. Neal hit one of two free throws for Harrisburg followed by a three-pointer,layup and two free throws from Wildcat Grayson Dye to make it 21-20 Wildcats. Gardner and Carter traded baskets to make ti 23-22 Trumann before Neal hit one of two free throws and Gardner got inside for another score to make ti 25-23 Hornets. Jones scored off an offensive rebound and hit the free throw after being fouled, Carter got inside for a score and Simmons hit one of two free throws to give Trumann a 29-25 lead at the half.
Dye opened the second half scoring with the first of his five three-pointers of quarter to stretch the Wildcats' lead to 32-25. Walton hit one of two free throws for Harrisburg before Dye canned back to back three-pointers to make it 38-26 Trumann. Gardner cut the Trumann lead to 38-30 with back to back buckets only to see Andrews make it 40-30 Wildcats with a bucket inside. Walton was whistled with a technical foul after Trumann's last score and Simmons was good on both free throws to push the Trumann lead to 42-30. Simmons added a jumper in the lane for Trumann and Neal hit a jumper for Harrisburg to make it 44-32. Neal was hit with a technical foul after his basket and Simmons made one of two free throws to make it 45-32. Dye canned a three-ball, Simmons scored off an offensive rebound and Dye drained another three-pointer to make it 53-32 Wildcats. Cade Condra hit one of two free throws to make it 53-33 Trumann before Harrisburg head coach Hunter Robinson was given a technical foul. Dye hit one of two technical free throws to push the Wildcat lead to 54-33. Jones hit a three-ball late in the quarter to make ti 57-33 Trumann headed to the final quarter.
Condra scored inside and was followed by four straight free throws from Neal to make the score 57-39 Trumann. Trumann reeled off the next points as Dye scored inside followed by Simmons, Ben Collins and Connor Haag each hitting one of two free throws to make it 62-39. Simmons scored inside and Dye made three of four free throws to make it 67-39 Wildcats. Condra hit two free throws for Harrisburg before Carter scored off the fast break for Trumann making it 69-41. Brady Castle hit one of two free shots for the Hornets as Kyle Collins got a steal and layup for Trumann to make it 71-42. Malik Versie scored off an offensive board for Harrisburg before Patrez Turner hit a three-ball for Trumann to set the final score at 74-44 Wildcats.
Dye led all scorers on the night with 28 points as Simmons chipped in 14 points for the Wildcats.
Neal and Gardner each scored 15 points for the Hornets.