By Tony McGuire
Over the holiday, the Buckhorn Wildcats traveled to Butler County to participate in the Bears’ Christmas Classic. The Wildcats took on Butler County in the opening round.
Buckhorn opened with a strong showing, giving them the early 17-12 lead. Little changed in the second period, and the Wildcats went into the break with the 34-26 advantage.
The Wildcats stayed on top of things in the third quarter, keeping their lead alive (49-38) going into the final period. Butler County had little to offer in the way of a comeback in the fourth quarter, as the Wildcats kept a tight reign on things.
Buckhorn went on to win the contest by the final count of 63-48. Austin Bennett led the way for the Wildcats with 22 points, Shannon Blank chipped in with 6 rebounds and 8 assists.
Buckhorn (63) Austin Bennett 22 (8 rebounds), Nick Stidham 16 (3 rebounds), Donovan Engle 13 (8 rebounds and 3 assists), Austin Morris 6 (5 rebounds), Shannon Blank 2 (6 rebounds and 8 assists), Daniel Hurley 2 (4 rebounds) and Danny Abner 2.
Tony McGuire can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org