(January 23rd, 2015) – WEST UNITY: After spending the majority of the game trailing, the junior varsity boys of Stryker made their move in the fourth quarter. During the homestretch, the Panthers scored 18 points in an attempt to steal a victory away from the Cadets of Hilltop.
They fell short, however.
Hilltop was able to nearly match the Panthers in the final period, ensuring their victory by a 45-38 margin.
The Cadets jumped ahead early on, claiming an 11-4 advantage in the first quarter. Both teams scored 7 points in the second period, maintaining Hilltop’s 7 point lead at the half, 18-11.
Coming out of the locker room, both squads continued to slowly build on their respective offensive outputs from the first half. Stryker added 9 more points to their total,while Hilltop piled on 10 more points to their own collective score. Now facing a 28-20 deficit, the boys from Stryker knew they had to step up if they were going to take this game.
They did exactly that, assaulting the Cadet defense for 18 points. Hilltop made up for their defensive folly with a huge offensive of their own, gashing their way to a 17 point quarter to close out the contest with a victory.
Freshman speedster Tyler Suboski led the charge for Hilltop with 13 points, a total built from a pair of three-point makes. Steven Riley was close behind with 12 points, while Kohl Collins controlled the paint for 11 points.
Kaid Woolace played a pivotal part in the Panther offense, contributing 13 points in the loss. Sophomore Hayden Clingaman hit the only three in the game for Stryker, helping him to earn 11 points. Hunter Lilleholm added 10 points as well.