The Washington Wildcats won on the road against the Wyandotte Bulldogs on Friday evening, 62-50. Washington’s production of fast-break opportunities from defense contributed to their win, along with their press-breaking ability in the back court.
Washington opened strong with the first 8 points before Wyandotte got on the board, then powered their way to a 22-7 first quarter advantage.
In the second quarter, the Bulldogs started a trapping defense in the backcourt. The tactic slowed but didn’t rattle the Wildcats, who countered with a three-across press-break offense.
Wyandotte guard Torry Moore powered the Bulldogs to climb back into the game, scoring 14 in the second quarter. Twice he converted and-one foul shots off drives to the basket.
The Wildcats stretched the margin again in the third quarter, holding Wyandotte to just 6 points, and opening up an insurmountable 50-29 lead.
Wyandotte cut into the lead in the fourth quarter, getting 14 points from Adarius Hooks and putting Washington’s shaky free throw shooting to the test.
Trayon Grant led the Wildcats with 17 points. Grant was successful with quick drives to the basket, but also with well-timed interior passes to Nathan Johnson, who finished with 15. Moore led Wyandotte with 18 points, and Hooks had 14, all in the fourth quarter.
Washington’s next game is at home against Sumner Academy on Tuesday, and Wyandotte will play host to the Schlagle Stallions. Both games are on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Washington High School opened the new football season with a 40-14 victory over Atchison, its first defeat of Atchison since 2013.
The Wildcats’ defense dominated the contest, preventing the Redmen from mounting an aerial attack, and bottling up the inside run. The pass defense issued an early warning when defensive back Tywan Muturi picked off an Atchison pass and ran it back for the game’s first score.
On offense, Washington platooned its two quarterbacks, getting productive play from each.
Senior quarterback Thomas Anderson mostly stuck to the ground game, collecting two fourth-quarter rushing touchdowns as well as running in the two-point conversions after each of his scores.
Junior Cory Macon preferred to roll out and throw deep. He completed a touchdown throw to MarKeith Grayson in the fourth quarter.
Muestafa Conway and Jason Black each picked up a rushing touchdown, in the first and third quarters.
Washington will play next Friday at Harmon, starting at 7 p.m. The Hawks snapped their 35-game losing streak at Turner on Friday night.