Wildcats Grind Out Tenth Win over Wahama

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The Wildcats didn’t make it look pretty, but they got the job done.

Both offenses were quiet in Waterford, but Wahama (2-15, 2-10 TVC-Hocking) couldn’t capitalize on the slow offensive production from the Wildcats, allowing Waterford (10-5, 9-3) to earn a 44-27 victory.

Although many stayed home due to cold weather, Waterford’s star players did their part in creating what energy they could.

The White Falcons created a competitive first quarter, but any chance of an upset was lost once the Wildcats pulled away in the second half. No Wahama player had more than nine points, and a buildup of turnovers killed any opportunity of a scoring run.

Once again, patience was the game plan of the Wildcats, who were content with two-step passing and waiting for clean looks to drive to the post. Waterford coach Tom Simms elaborated on his team’s emphasis on moving the ball around.

“Don’t be stagnant, pick up your energy level. We do a lot in practice so that they keep moving and keep making themselves aware of where everyone’s at, it’s a focal point,” Simms said. He also commented on the lack of crowd noise, “When the audience is talking, you have a problem.”

Despite this rocky performance, the Wildcats end the month of January with a 4-4 record and a three-game winning streak. Waterford remains a game behind Trimble in the race for the TVC-Hocking crown.

The Wildcats open February away to Miller on Friday, Feb. 1, and Fort Frye next Tuesday, Feb. 5. Wahama has a date in Trimble with the first place Tomcats this Thursday, Jan. 30 and end their road trip with a matchup against Eastern next week.