(January 17th, 2015) – STRYKER: Panther Hunter Lilleholm put up 11 points in the Stryker Junior Varsity squad’s thrilling victory over the visiting Locomotives of Montpelier.
Serving as an exciting opening act to Stryker’s Homecoming game, the contest between North Western Ohio Athletic League team Montpelier and the hosting Buckeye Border Conference representative Stryker was a back and forth affair. A strong third quarter by the Loco boys necessitated an equally strong response by Stryker to put the contest out of reach.
When the final buzzer sounded, it was the home team that had earned the win, as Stryker took the game 32-24.
It was the Panthers who claimed an early advantage. The first period saw them outscore their guests from Montpelier 8-2. Stryker added to their lead in the second quarter as well. Going into halftime, the Locos found themselves on the wrong end of a 17-8 score.
The Locomotives steamrolled their way through the third quarter, however. The visitors claimed the third quarter by a 10-5 margin. This put them behind by a mere 4 points with only the fourth quarter remaining. The Panthers answered Montpelier’s run in that final period, though. The Stryker boys ended the game on a 10-6 run of their own, giving them the 8 point victory.
Aside from Lilleholm’s efforts, Kaid Woolace also had a solid evening scoring the ball. The sophomore contributed 6 points to the tough win.
For Montpelier, Colin Rockey led the way with 8 points. Teammate Gunnar Matson added 4 points in the losing effort.