The Buckhorn Wildcats began their Traditional Bank Holiday Classic with the Western Hills Wolverines out of the 11th region. The Wildcats jumped out to the early lead and out battled the Wolverines down the stretch for the 69-60 win.
Buckhorn controlled the tempo in the first period and came away with the 24-16 lead. However, Western Hills was able to turn the tables in the second quarter and tightened the score at the break (30-29).
The Wildcat defense regained the momentum in the third period allowing Buckhorn to be in control 47-42 going into the final frame. The Wolverines were unable to recapture the momentum in the fourth quarter, and Buckhorn was able to come away with the 69-60 victory.
Buckhorn (69) Ryan Boggs 14 (7 rebounds), Shannon Blank 5 (6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals), Nick Stidham 5 (1 rebound and 2 assists), Josh Crank 9 (7 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals), Donovan Engle 2 (1 assist), Connor Hoskins 32 (10 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal) and Daniel Hurley 2 (1 rebound).
Tony McGuire can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.