By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
BGA's Nathan Moran looks to make the entry pass to Myles Taylor in last night's 69-32 win over Davidson Academy. Taylor finished the night with 6 points while Moran had 17 points and 6 assists. Photo by Becky Williams
Battle Ground Academy maintained its number one ranking last night with a solid 69-32 victory over visiting Davidson Academy with a running clock for the entire fourth quarter.
|Jack Gentry of BGA drives the baseline past a pair of Davidson Academy defenders. Gentry was one of fourteen Wildcat players to contribute in a 69-32 win last night. Photo by Becky Williams
|BGA had little trouble defeating Davidson Academy last night as the state's number one Division II-A team rolled 69-32. Defense played a key part in the victory and the Wildcats' Crockett Daniel (2) and Terrell Webster (24) show a little of BGA's pressure defense. Photo by Becky Williams
“I thought we did a lot of good things,” said head coach Len McKnatt. “but we’ve to keep improving, watching film and see where our weaknesses are and improve on that.”
Nathan Moran again led the Wildcats in scoring, dropping in 17 points and grabbing 3 rebounds while handing out 4 assists. Moran’s performance was a typical night for the 1,000-point scorer, who had 11 after the first eight minutes.
Zac Wracher’s 11 points were not typical, as they came in an effort off the bench. Wracher gave up his starting spot to Sam Martin who responded with 10 points, five rebounds and two steals.
“Sam had a college coach coming to look at him and Zac came to me and said ‘I want to give my starting spot to Sam tonight’,” said McKnatt. “That’s what makes this team special.
“It’s just the kind of kids we have. We have guys who are willing to sacrifice for the other members of the team.”
Fourteen Wildcats saw action in the victory and thirteen of them put points on the board. Both Ronald Cleveland and Myles Taylor came off the bench to score six each and the entire group played a smothering defense that forced Davidson Academy into four time-outs in the first quarter alone.
The team played in front of a larger than normal crowd due to Coming Home festivities, but their participation was cut short, knowing there was another game to be played today.
“We play at 12:30 tomorrow afternoon at Webb School in Bell Buckle” the coached relayed at 9:30 p.m. “We have a dance tonight so hopefully they are going to go have fun for a few minutes and then go home and get some rest.”
BGA 62 Davidson Academy 48 (Girls)
Davidson Academy made a strong run at the upset, leading by as many as seven in the fourth quarter before falling to BGA 62-48.
The Wildcats outscored Davidson Academy 20-8 in the fourth quarter, sparked by back-to-back three-pointers by Allison Cowie and Caroline Abbott to tie the game with just under five minutes remaining.
Cowie finished the contest with a game-high 27 points, including her single trey in the fourth, and Abbott added 14 points and strong defense underneath. BGA also got 10 points from Sarah Puryear, who seemed to camp out in the Bears’ passing lanes for most of the night.
Like their male counterparts, the Wildcats should have called it an early night even with Coming Home festivities. They are scheduled to face The Webb School in Bell Buckle this morning at 11 a.m.
McClain Daniel (13) of BGA watches for a potential rebound off a free throw in last night's 62-48 victory over Davidson Academy. Daniel and her teammates will have to recover quickly-they travel to Bell Buckle to face The Webb School this morning at 11 a.m. Photo by Becky Williams
Posted on: 1/25/2014