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Winona spoils home opener for Bobcats

Thursday, December 15, 2011

In the 2011-2012 boys'basketball season home opener at Thayer High School, the Bobcats hosted the Wildcats from Winona, for both junior varsity and varsity games, on Dec. 6.

The JV Bobcats got all-around outstanding play from their entire team, with Webber, Steed and Alford controlling the tempo of the fast-paced game from out front.

Sophomore Shelby Vance played close defense and picked up the offense with slashes to the hoop.

Freshmen Grant Denbow and Payton Risner were a force inside.

Thayer also got quality minutes from Keyshawn Pittman off the bench. Thayer held a 20-14 lead at half while pouring it on strong in the second half for a 42-25 victory over the JV Wildcats.

In the varsity matchup, Winona held a height and rebounding advantage, along with a 15-11 lead, over the Bobcats at the end of the first quarter.

Having only a couple of competitive games under their belts, the Bobcats struggled to get their offense going.

After two quick early fouls, forward Ricky Smith had to take a seat on the bench.

Seniors Jeremy Cabrales and Derek Krieg took turns filling in on the floor for strong rebounds.

Winona's Aaron Wright (16) dropped in a couple of buckets to push the Wildcat lead to 28-19 over the Bobcats at the intermission.

Dylan Dennis put on some strong defense and set some good screens to get Austin Henry open looks at the basket on offense for the Bobcats.

Sophomore Jacob Foley was able to find teammates Henry and Hargrove breaking to the basket for points in the paint or trips to the foul line, as the Bobcats pulled the score even at 32-all with 3:05 to go in the third quarter.

That was as close as the Bobcats could get, as Winona led 39-36 going into the final frame.

Hargrove, Dennis, Henry and Smith worked the paint hard, battling for rebounds and put-back shots.

Winona held a lead and played keep away running time off of the clock, with under two-and-a-half minutes remaining. Thayer ran out of time and came up short at the final buzzer, as the Winona Wildcats walked away with the 53-46 win over the Thayer Bobcats.



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