Bearcats fall to the Wampus Cats

Wes Haddox
Sports Correspondent

In a possible match-up of two class 3A playoff opponents, the Antlers Bearcats hosted the Atoka Wampus Cats in what would prove to be two closely contested high school basketball games.

The two Lady Cats squads took the floor first and the Wampus Cats jumped out on top early. Despite falling behind 7-0 after the first, Antlers clawed their way back before halftime and trailed by only three, 15-12, at the half. Atoka extended their lead to 26-19 after the third quarter but then the Lady Cats began their comeback. Stormie Freeman gave Antlers the lead at 35-34 with under 30 seconds to play. But Atoka was able to reclaim the lead at 36-35 and hold on for the win.

Senior Brookelyn Lampton led all scorers on the night with a game high 11 points. Lampton, who is usually the epitome of a team player, stepped up her offensive contributions with the loss of teammate Madeleine Smallwood for the season due to injury. Elly Clayton added 10, Stormie Freeman-8, Legend Bell-2, Gracie Shoemake-2, and Madison Freeman ended the scoring with 2.

The Bearcats started off strong against Atoka holding the lead throughout the first half until the Wampus Cats eased back in and grabbed their first lead of the game, 28-27, as the teams headed into the break. They stretched their lead to seven, 48-41, by the end of quarter number three. The two teams played an even fourth quarter and Atoka took home the win at 66-59. Free throws again was the difference in this game as Atoka sank 14 while Antlers made only 7.

Kyler Gee again led all scorers on the night dropping 26 for the game while fellow senior Kyle Schier added 17. Talce Rosenthal ended with 7, Hunter Standridge-5, Chandler Beck-2, and Kaleb Strandridge-2.