For the third year in a row, the Swiss Memorial Wildcats have secured the top spot in the upcoming Big 8 tournament. Last Tuesday night, the Wildcats raced past the second place Monteagle Hornets 59 – 18 to wrap up the top seed. With at least one win in their final two games, the Wildcats will win the conference championship outright.
Last Thursday’s games were postponed when Grundy County schools dismissed early due to impending inclement weather.
Here is a look at the tentative schedule for the final games of the regular season:
Monday, January 9
Coalmont at North; Monteagle at Tracy City; Pelham at Palmer
Tuesday, January 10
SAS at Swiss Memorial; Monteagle at Pelham; Tracy City at Palmer
Thursday, January 12
Coalmont at SAS; North at Swiss Memorial
The Big 8 tournament will start either tomorrow night (Friday) or Saturday with championship games tentatively scheduled for next Saturday, January 21st.
MES Lady Hornets 54 SMES Lady Wildcats 18
The Lady Hornets broke open a close game at halftime with a 20 – 6 third quarter and then shutout the Lady Wildcats 18 – 0 in the final quarter en route to their 54 – 18 victory. Ashley Green poured in 27 points to lead the way for the Lady Hornets while Kaylee Lawson chipped in with 15 markers. Maggie Baskin led the Lady Wildcats with 10 points.
SMES Wildcats 59 MES Hornets 18
The Wildcats did what they have done all year. They put the game out of reach by halftime. The hosts outscored their visitors 31 – 3 throughout the first two quarters and never looked back. The Hornets scored 15 of their 18 points in the third quarter, but failed to score in the final stanza as the Wildcats went on to win the game 59 – 18. Jaden Ruehling with 12 points and Thaddaeus Blackburn with 10 points led a parade of ten Wildcats to dot the scoring book for the Wildcats. Summer Dees led the Hornets with eight points.