Wawasee split: â€™Cats rally to win
Whitko senior Mitch Yeager heads up the Wildcat defense guarding point guard Trevor McKibben of Wawasee. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott
SYRACUSE — Wawasee’s student section chanted, “Over-rated,” throughout the first three quarters of play, until the fourth quarter rolled around, they were silenced.
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After trailing the entire game, Whitko’s Logan Irwin led his team to a comeback, leaving the Warriors stunned with their first loss of the season 80-75 Saturday night.
The Wildcats (4-1) were down by 11 points going into the fourth quarter, but out scored Wawasee (4-1) 31-15 in the final eight minutes to rally for the win.
It was a roller coaster ride throughout the game for the ’Cats, fighting to bring the score close, but Wawasee continued to hold onto the lead throughout the game.
With half of the third quarter remaining, Logan Irwin attempted to make a comeback. He got a defensive rebound, went coast-to-coast, made the lay-up and was fouled.
After connecting with the free throw, Wawasee only had a three-point advantage over the Wildcats.
Irwin had 35 points for the game and teammate Zac VanDeWater added 16, including two three-point baskets.
VanDeWater led the ’Cats in rebounding, snatching eight of Whitko’s 41.
Wawasee shut down VanDeWater in the second quarter, not allowing him to score for the entire eight minutes. The Warriors held a 43-34 advantage at the half.
The Wildcats are on a four-game winning streak since starting the season off with a loss. Whitko travels to Tippecanoe Valley (1-4) Friday, in a Three Rivers Conference opener.
One final home game before the holiday break will have Whitko hosting Plymouth (2-3) before heading to the Miami County holiday tournament at North Miami Dec. 29 and Dec. 30.