Wiley Weekly Basketball Recap, Feb. 12, 2014

Wiley_logo1In a week of highs and lows, the basketball squads from Wiley squared off with Holly and Genoa-Hugo. The girls went 0-2 against tough competition, while the boys had a shot at a sweep, but finished 1-1.

The Lady Panthers played a solid first quarter in their 61-42 loss to at Holly on Friday, Feb. 7, trailing the Lady Wildcats 13-9. Holly erupted for an 18-7 second quarter, that put the game essentially out of reach. Miranda Morgan’s 15 points, five assists and two steals paced the Lady Panthers.

Morgan backed up that effort the following night against Genoa-Hugo, scoring a team-high 12 points, despite going 0-14 from the floor. The visiting Lady Pirates won the game with strong first and fourth quarters, outscoring Wiley 36-16 in those two frames. In the two middle quarters, the Lady Panthers were only outscored 18-17. Taryn Book, one of Genoa-Hugo’s two stellar sophomores, led all players with 21 points.

The Lady Panthers, 1-15 overall, have another tough weekend on tap. Wiley visits Springfield, who at 12-5, is essentially #12 in this week’s Colorado Preps Class 2A poll. That contest will take place Friday night. The Lady Longhorns lost a 39-37 decision to Stanton County, KS on Tuesday. On Saturday, the Lady Panthers host 9-7 Kim, who picked up a 49-21 win over Edison on Tuesday.

As for the boys, an aggressive Caden Eastin, known for his three-point shooting, got the Panthers off to a good start against third-ranked Holly. The sophomore guard drove to the hoop repeatedly, and helped Wiley off to an 18-15 first quarter lead against the Wildcats. Foul trouble plagued high-scoring freshman, Christian Dellamaestra, so older brother, Kenny, stepped up his game.

Despite giving up several inches to all three of Holly’s post players, the elder Dellamaestra was able to pick up fouls against the opposing big men, helping the Panthers to take a 34-33 lead into the final period. According to Wiley head coach, Randy Wilson, the Wildcats “simply made more plays than we did.” Holly escaped with a 49-45 victory. Eastin and K. Dellamaestra each finished with 17 points.

Through two quarters against Genoa-Hugo, the Panthers found their inside game shut down, and they resorted to perimeter jumpers. The Pirates held a slim 23-22 lead at the intermission, but Coach Wilson noted that things changed in the second half. “I thought our guys came out with much better intensity on the defensive end during the third quarter and that transitioned to our offensive game. We finally got some quality shots inside and were able to build a seven-point lead heading into the fourth.”

Wiley outscored Genoa-Hugo 19-11 in the third quarter and then knocked down free throws to seal the 57-48 victory, with Eastin hitting six of seven charity tosses down the stretch, and K. Dellamaestra going a perfect four of four. Those two finished the night with 18 and 16 points, respectively.

The Panthers only game this week is a Valentine’s Day trip to Springfield. The Longhorns take a three-game winning streak into that game, after defeating Stanton County, KS 59-52 on Tuesday.

By Kerry Sherman

Kerry Sherman 100Kerry Sherman and his wife, Colleen, moved to Lamar in August of 2013, from Anton, Colorado, to cover Southeastern Colorado high schools for Colorado Preps. Kerry is in his third year of streaming high school sports online for Colorado Preps, and this is his 23rd year of covering high schools for various print and online outlets throughout Colorado. He also has nine years of coaching experience, with the boys basketball programs at Woodlin and Otis.


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