MS boys’ free-throw woes cost them

Dave Foster, Staff Writer

The Wildcats suffered another loss to division rival Edgewood in a nail-biting, 56-50 defeat. Leading the majority of the game, the middle school boys failed to endure a late game rally by the Indians, coming up six points short.

Several improvements were made from previous games however, and that’s a good sign for the remainder of the season. “I was very proud of our kids’ effort,” Head Coach Greg Buttrick said. “Especially after losing by 25 the first time we played [Edgewood].”

“We made a statement,” Buttrick said. “Still, this loss was a heart-breaker.”

The Wildcats lost the battle at the free-throw line, shooting an abysmal 40 percent.

Missing on 19 out of the 32 attempts, Buttrick assures it will be a focus in practice. “We made seven three-pointers but only made 13 free-throws so that’s all we’ll be doing during practice,” Buttrick said.

On a more positive note, Evan L. continues to dominate the boards, racking up 10 rebounds over the two quarters middle school players are allowed to play. Keegan S. led the team in scoring with 10 points and Esteban A. and Chase S. each added nine points.

The Wildcats will again attempt to defend their home court against the Space Coast Vipers on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.