WOODS CROSS – The Woods Cross Wildcats boys’ basketball team is used to scoring 70 or 80-plus points in any given game.
But against Cyprus Tuesday night, the Wildcats posted 90 points for the first time this season, doubling the Pirates point total in a 90-43 victory.
“We shot the ball really well and were able to move the ball tonight,” said Wildcats coach Kasey Walkenhurst. “We had 20 assists tonight, which shows that our team is starting to trust each other a little more as far as finding teammates for open shots.”
The Wildcats played an up-tempo game through the first half, leading to a 48-20 lead. Woods Cross scored 20 points in the first quarter by grabbing rebounds and quickly scoring on the other end of the floor.
By the end of the first half, Garret Grant and Luke Jowers scored 11 points apiece.
Xequille Harry was nearly in double figures himself, scoring eight points in the first half as well.
The fast-paced offense kept the Pirates on their heels, and allowed for the Wildcats defense to allow only seven first quarter points and 20 points by half.
“It’s something we work on every day,” Walkenhurst said. “We try to run our breaks with as much structure as we can and we tell our guys to run lanes. That’s the way I like to play, and they run it very well.”
Woods Cross scored 29 points in the third quarter, and held the Pirates to 11 points to take a 77-31 lead. Trevin Knell, who saw limited minutes in the first half, scored five of his 15 points on the night in the third quarter.
Knell’s performance off the bench was praised by Walkenhurst after the game.
“Trevin, as a ninth grader, is really starting to blossom and get used to the speed of the varsity games,” he said. “It’s kind of fun to watch knowing that he’ll be here for the next three years.”
Jowers finished the game with 18 points to lead the team. Grant scored 17 points and had five rebounds, and Harry scored 14 points with four rebounds and five assists.
Woods Cross has won four of its last five games, and is currently in a third place tie with Judge Memorial.
The Wildcats will face Bountiful at home Friday at 7 p.m.