Swanton holds off Woodmore

By Drew Stambaugh - dstambaugh@aimmediamidwest.com

Down two starters, Swanton found a way to fight off Woodmore on Wednesday and hand the Wildcats their first loss of the season, 49-45. Andrew Thornton and Sam Betz were unavailable for the contest.

The Bulldogs led after every quarter of the tight game, but could never pull away. They were up 9-7 after one quarter and then 25-23 at the half.

Following an even third quarter, Swanton took a 33-31 lead in the fourth.

Josh Vance started the final period with a 3-pointer to push the Bulldog advantage to five. But, Woodmore battled back and a three-point play by Hunter Allen knotted the score at 38 with 5:14 left.

Vance quickly answered with a bucket in the paint for a 40-38 lead. He added two from the foul line and Hayden Callicotte scored off a steal to lift the Bulldog lead to six.

Again, Woodmore fought back. A 3-pointer from Isaac Betancourt and a basket off a turnover for Allen cut the lead to 44-43 with 1:17 to play.

Callicotte answered as he drove nearly the length of the court and finished with a contested layup to bring the Swanton advantage back to three points. Aaron Sandrock kept the Wildcats alive as he drove in for two, making it 46-45 with 47 seconds to play.

However, the Bulldogs held Woodmore scoreless the rest of the way, while Trent Weigel sank two free throws and Vance one to finish off the game.

Swanton (2-1) was led by Vance with 19 points, while Weigel added 14. Woodmore (2-1) was led by Allen with 17 points in a losing effort.

The Bulldogs are next scheduled to play at Edgerton on Saturday.


By Drew Stambaugh