The Twin Bridges Falcons varsity boys’ basketball team gave a dazzling performance of athleticism Friday night as they hosted the Harrison/Willow Creek Wildcats, while the Lady Falcons game against the Lady Wildcats came down to the final seconds in a wild matchup that was ultimately determined by teamwork and hustle.
The boys’ game got off to a fast start led by seven seniors on an experienced roster. With an emphasis on tight defense and a transition offense, the Falcons jumped out to an early 24-7 lead against the Wildcats in the first quarter. Senior C.J. Cox attributed his team’s ability to put points up on the board to their defensive prowess and senior leadership.
“We’re a tight knit group, and our experience definitely helps out a lot,” said Cox. “It all starts off with our defense, and we like to get into a running game.”
By halftime Twin Bridges lead Harrison/Willow Creek 45-20, and at times the Wildcats appeared to struggle moving the ball down court and executing their offense. The Falcons capitalized on the Wildcats lack of experience around the perimeter, and Cox estimated his team scored approximately 75 percent of their points off the fast break.
“We do a bunch of practice on just getting the board and going, looking up court,” he said. “Don’t spend a lot of time dribbling the ball up the floor when you can pass it to the open man at the other end.”
Cox put up 18 points on the night, while teammate Cole Miotke scored a game-high 26. After the game Cox credited Miotke’s ability put up big numbers for the Falcons fast-paced transition offense.
“If he’s hitting shots it’s going to open up the other guys, and as soon as that happens then we’ll get it in to them,” said Cox.
The final score was Twin Bridges 75 and Harrison/Willow Creek 44.
The varsity girls’ game was as much a display of hustle and determination as basketball skill when the Lady Falcons and Lady Wildcats took the gloves off and got down to business on the hardwood. Both teams demonstrated an aggressive style of defensive play that resulted in numerous points off the fast break. The game remained close in the first quarter with Harrison/Willow Creek leading host Twin Bridges 12-7, but by halftime the Falcons had taken a 27-20 lead over the Wildcats.
Harrison/Willow Creek coach Lisa Cooper said she told her team during halftime they needed to pick up the pace and take the fight to the Falcons all the way through the end of the game.
“I told them we need to run our press break and we need to have our middles be more aggressive,” she said. “They didn’t attack the basket like we want to.”
By the end of the third quarter the Lady Wildcats had crept back to within four points of the lead and the game remained close until the final seconds with Twin Bridges coming away on top of Harrison/Willow Creek by a score of 51-46.