Ninth-grade ‘Cats down Wetumpka, 1-1 on yearPublished 10:01pm Thursday, November 14, 2013
Shannon Woody scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Benjamin Russell ninth grader basketball team to a 42-40 victory over Wetumpka High School this past Wednesday night.
The Wildcats had to overcome a 15-point deficit at the break in order to pull out the win.
“We were down 29-14 at the half,” said BRHS ninth grade coach Cecil Holinquest. “But we fought back in the third and fourth quarters to make a game of it, and we were able to pull it out. It was a great game, and the fans really got their money’s worth.”
Holinquest said the team is starting to grasp the defensive schemes and showed resilience during the furious comeback.
“All of our guys played well, and they’re beginning to learn their assignments defensively,” he said. “We had some key shots from guys, and Buck Kelley’s leadership at the point guard position really helped. He was able to control the tempo.”
The freshmen opened the year with a 68-38 loss to Central-Phenix City this past Tuesday, a game where nerves clearly got the best of the Wildcats.
“There were a lot of butterflies, but the kids showed promise,” Holinquest said. “We hung in there in the first half, but they made a huge run in the third, and we weren’t able to recover.”
Woody led the team with 13 points.
“He’s got a nice shooting range, and he’s going to be a great one for us,” Holinquest said of Woody.
Holinquest added that the ninth-graders are showing potential to be a great foundation for future varsity teams.
“(BRHS varsity basketball) coach (Jeff) Hines and I are excited about what these kids could mean to our program,” he said.