The Wildcat varsity basketball team notched its first win of the season on Saturday, December 10 with a home victory over Crescent City. The 51-37 victory doesn’t really speak to the domination of the Raiders.
BCHS was hitting from the outside and the Raiders weren’t able to counteract the hot shooting. Charles Ruise Jr. and Jesse Gardner were both nailing three pointers as BCHS ran out to a 14-4 lead in the early going.
The Cats continued to build on their lead in the second period, despite the fact that the Raiders’ top scorer David Curry kept Crescent City close. BCHS took a 27-15 lead into the locker room.
Both teams came out for the second half cold as ice with BCHS outscoring the Raiders 6-3. But the Cats woke up in the fourth period and Gardner hit two more long distance shots.
Ruise and Gardner shared top scoring honors for BCHS with 12 points each. Gardner’s all came on three-point shots. Johnny Lamb had 8 points. Curry had a game high 18 points for Crescent City.
“We think that when these young kids get some wind under their sails that they are going to shock some people,” said Ruise. “We’re hoping that this win will help us turn the corner.”
The Cats were not so fortunate earlier in the week when they lost to district rival Forrest 60-40 on the road December 8. Forrest had three players in double figures as it used a big first half to hold off a Wildcat run.
The Cats played even with the Rebels in the second half, but Forrest held a 29-17 halftime lead that the Wildcats couldn’t overcome.
Daryl Johnson and Lamb were the top scorers for BCHS with 10 points. CeCe Jefferson had 5 points.
BCHS will host Interlachen the evening of December 15 in its last contest before the Christmas tournament. Varsity tips off at 7:30 pm and JV at 6 pm.