BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
WOODS CROSS – The Woods Cross Wildcats boys’ basketball team was riding a three game winning streak entering Friday night’s contest against the Judge Memorial Bulldogs.
But after starting the game on a hot streak, the Wildcats shooting prowess got cold the rest of the game.
The Bulldogs used 14-4 run to take the lead by halftime and didn’t look back, eventually winning 61-51 in front of the Woods Cross crowd.
Garret Grant had a hot hand for the Wildcats in the first quarter, scoring 10 of the Wildcats’ 17 first quarter points. After scoring a quick bucket to take a six point lead, the Wildcats were scoreless for nearly the rest of the quarter, which allowed Judge Memorial to take the lead.
After tying the game at 19 with 5:30 left in the first half, the Bulldogs went on a 14-4 run to take an eight point lead at the half. Judge Memorial’s Kaden Elliss and Tre’ Bourdeaux scored six of those points, and the Wildcats’ only scored one basket in the final three minutes of the half.
Woods Cross climbed back into the game after scoring 17 points in the third quarter, erasing its deficit from eight to four points entering the final quarter. Luke Jowers took the initial charge by scoring the first four points, and back-to-back 3-pointers by Grant and Jackson Pohlman made the score 36-33 in favor of Judge Memorial.
Grant scored the final five points of the third quarter.
The Wildcats’ foul trouble caught up to them by the fourth quarter, and the Bulldogs spent most of the quarter at the free-throw line. The Bulldogs’ defense clamped down after Woods Cross closed the gap to 44-42, and didn’t allow a single basket for a five-and-a-half minute span.
The result was an 8-3 run that extended the Bulldogs’ lead to 12 points, and the Wildcats finished with only one basket in the final minute-plus.
The majority of Woods Cross’s points came from the free-throw line.
Grant scored a game-high 22 points for the Wildcats in the loss, and Pohlman scored 10 points with five rebounds.
Ellis scored 21 points for Judge Memorial in the win.
Woods Cross will face Clearfield at home Tuesday night. Judge Memorial will face Highland at home next Friday.