Written by Vicki Viall
Wolf Point. Overtime. Sadly, this time a win was not to be for the Wolves varsity basketball team against the Plentywood Wildcats.
With the junior varsity boys winning against Plentywood with a final score of 49-34, the crowd was primed for a victory.
In a low-scoring game, the Wolves varsity team went into halftime behind, 15-9. The third period looked as bleak. Then, in the fourth period, the Wolves came to life. They came roaring back, tied the score and held on until the buzzer to force overtime with the Wildcats.
Then, the comeback train derailed. The final score was Wolf Point 35, Plentywood 41.
Leading scorers for the Wolves were junior Hayden Hanks, 11; senior Tukker Toavs, 10; and junior Markell Blount, 9.
Leading scorer for Plentywood was senior Nathan Woodman with 18.
The Wolves faced a daunting task Saturday, Jan. 25, when they faced the highly touted Glasgow Scotties in Glasgow.
The game looked like it might go the Wolves’ way at the end of the first period when the Wolves held a 14-12 lead. Then, the second period saw the Scotties kicking their game up a level. The Scotties held a lead of 31-18 going into halftime.
The Scotties never looked back after the half. They increased the lead to 45-28 at the end of the third.
The Wolves seem to be doing all the right things, yet the wins are, seemingly, just beyond their grasp. They are doing an excellent job of controlling the opponents’ backboard by blocking out and grabbing rebounds. They are definitely, for the most part, executing the plays the coach sends into them. The shots just don’t fall when needed. Perhaps by tournament time, that will have changed.
The Wolves gave it a great try; however the Scotties dominated and pulled out a win with a final score of 58-35.
Leading scorers for the Wolves were Hanks, 10; Blount, 7; and Toavs, 7.
Next up for the Wolves will be at-home games Thursday, Jan. 30, against Sidney. Games times are 5 p.m. for the C squad, 6:30 p.m. for junior varsity and 8 p.m. for varsity. All three teams are home again Friday, Jan. 31, against Poplar. Games times are 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. respectively.