Maxwell traveled to Medicine Valley Thursday evening for a battle against the Raiders. The Wildcats and the Raiders ended up splitting the games as Maxwell won the girls' game, and Medicine Valley won the boys. Both matchups were excellent contests with solid basketball being played.
In the girls' game, Maxwell won a thriller, 55-52. Medicine Valley had the lead through the first two periods and at the intermission led 29-26. But, the tide was turning. The Raiders led 29-20 with about two minutes to go before halftime. Then the Wildcats went on a 6-0 run to cut that deficit.
In the second half, we continued to see the teams take and make open shots. In the fourth quarter, Maxwell had a flurry of scoring and was up by eight at one point. But the Medicine Valley girls would not back down. They got within two points, 50-48 with 51.5 seconds remaining. But, Maxwell clung to the lead and knocked down some free throws to get the win.
Stella Heapy had a nice game with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Kylie Rose had nine points and 10 rebounds. Medicine Valley is now 8-11.
Maxwell was led by Kristyn Cheek with 18 points and Jocey Cheek had 10. Maddy Flock had 11 and Jenna Miller pitched in 13 too. Excellent spread-out scoring for the Wildcats.
Maxwell is now 8-12. We caught up with Jocey Cheek after the game and discussed the victory.
In the boys' game, we saw a lot of big shots made early and late in the game, but it was Medicine Valley who won 57-50. Maxwell started the game on fire, leading 15-4 a couple of minutes in and the Wildcats had hit five three-pointers. Three of those were from Cole Huffman.
They kept up the hot shooting and led 27-16 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Wildcats cooled down big time, and Medicine Valley got their offense going, and they trailed by a narrow margin, 34-28 going into halftime.
It was impressive to watch Medicine Valley hang around and quietly climb back from being down by 11 so quickly.
In the third quarter, the Raiders made a push to tie it up and after three quarters it was 43-43. In the final quarter, Medicine Valley took the lead with 6:45 to go in the game, 45-43. Maxwell tied it back up right away, and that was the effect for a few more minutes.
The teams were tied up at 50-50, with 2:50 to go. The Raiders then made some plays and knocked down shots from the charity stripe to capture the win.
Maxwell was led by Cole Huffman with 14 points, all in the first half, Levi Huffman had 12 and was limited in the fourth quarter as he took a tumble and had to sit out towards the end, Jesse Reyes, with an injured nose, and all scored eight. The Wildcats are 6-14 now.
Medicine Valley is now 8-11 and was led by Mason Roblee and his 16 points. He battled foul trouble most of the game too. Lucas Einspahr scored 14, Tyce Pate had nine and Austin Roblee had seven.
We caught up with Austin Roblee after the game to get his thoughts on the win.
Check out highlights from the game here.