By Josie Steen
This past week the Bearcats took on three tough opponents. Tuesday, Feb. 11 they traveled to Warroad losing 46-64. Friday, Feb. 14 was a doubleheader versus Fertile-Beltrami, and the Bearcats fell just short, losing 49-53. Another doubleheader took place Saturday, Feb. 15, with the Bearcat boys losing to the Roseau Rams 60-65.
Tuesday night was a difficult battle between the Bearcats and the sharpshooting Warroad Warriors. The Warriors started strong, and they continued to hit shots throughout the rest of the game. At halftime, the Warriors led 32-24. The second half repeated the fight, but Warroad continued to create opportunities for themselves. The Bearcats fought throughout the game, but they ended up falling short. The Bearcat boys lost 46-64 during this road game. Dylan Fox led the Warriors with 20 points, and Jarrett Kujava led the Bearcats with 16 points. Kaleb Whitlock scored 12 points, and Mitchell Docken and Tucker Nelson each added 9 points.
Friday night held an exciting game between the Kittson County Central Bearcats and the Fertile-Beltrami Falcons. The Falcons, ranked 12th in the state, managed to beat KCC 53-49. The Falcons started strong, jumping to a 14-0 lead, and stretching it to a 17-1 lead. The Bearcats did not stop working. They chipped away at the lead, until KCC took the lead with three minutes left in the first half. At halftime, the Bearcats led 31-29. The second half was a back and forth battle, with the largest lead being 9 points by the Falcons. The Bearcats fought to break down the lead to 2, before being forced to foul, where the Falcons made free throws to win 53-49. Rylin Petry led the Falcons with 17 points. Jarrett Kujava led the Bearcats with 22 points, and Kaleb Whitlock followed close behind with 19 points. Mitchell Docken also added 8 points.
Saturday’s game at double-A match-up in Roseau was a competitive match, but the Rams took the win 65-60. Roseau jumped to an early lead with multiple 3-point shots, but the Bearcats worked to put themselves back into the competition. At halftime, KCC had lowered a 16-point deficit to 27-38. Early in the second half, the Bearcats lowered the lead even more, where it remained throughout the rest of the game. Jed Dunham led the Rams with 23 points, and Jarrett Kujava led the Bearcats with 22. Kaleb Whitlock scored 18 points, Mitchell Docken added 9, Tucker Nelson contributed 6, Evan Austad had 4 and Chisum Schmiedeberg added 1 point.
This week the Bearcat boys’ basketball team traveled to play the Northern Freeze on Tuesday, Feb. 18 and they play Goodridge/Grygla on Friday, Feb. 21.
By Josie Steen