Bearcats open out slow against Britton-Hecla


Webster falls short in 52-60 battle



The Webster Area boys got out to a slow start against Britton-Hecla as the Cats hosted the Braves on the hard court Jan. 11. The Cats only managed three points, a two point roll in by Jhett Prins and free throw by Matthew Block at the end of one while the Braves knocked in 20.

Coach Jamie Reetz said, “I was very disappointed in how we started the game but very proud in how we didn’t give up after being down more than 20 points at one time in the first half and having a legit chance to win it in the fourth.”

Britton-Hecla did not show signs of letting up as they added another seven before Patrick VanSipe sank home a three and sent a little spark to the Cats. While Webster was still trailing 38-22 at the half, they saw they were not out and after a talk by coach Reetz during the half, Webster closed the gap to within five 47-42.

Prins opened the fourth quarter with a bucket to bring the game within three. Britton-Hecla answered back draining two at the line, but it was Prins in the paint to keep it within three. The Braves could not capitalize on the freebies but did manage a buck and one at the line on the hack. Kalab Marx fired in a three pointer to bring it right back within the Cats reach. Britton-Hecla did find a spot at the line for a pair of points and a later opportunity getting another. Marx pulled down a missed opportunity and put it in for Webster Area to take the game within four.

The Braves ended up taking the contest 60-52.

It was another night of not enough time on the clock. Reetz said, “Our defense wore them down late in the game but offensively we just missed too many shots.”

Webster sank 18 of 37 two pointers for 49 percent and just three of 14 threes for 21 percent were matched by the Brave’s sinking 11 of 26 twos for 42 percent but six of 20 threes for 30 percent.

The Cats were seven of 19 at the line while Britton-Hecla connected on 20 of 33 attempts at the charity stripe for 61 percent.

Reetz said, “We had way too many turnovers because we didn’t take care of the ball.” The Bearcats had 22 turnovers to the Brave’s five. While Webster picked the pockets of Britton-Hecla 10 times, the braves had just four steals. The Bearcats had a slight 29-28 rebound advantage before the buzzer sounded.

Next contests

The Cats travel to Waverly-South Shore Jan. 22, host Aberdeen Roncalli Jan. 24 and play in the NEC/Dak 12 Clash event Jan. 26.

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