The Axtell Wildcats boys basketball team closed their season with a D2-8 subdistrict loss to Loomis (16-5).
The Wildcats came out soft in the first quarter, lagging behind the high-pace offense run by Loomis. Axtell managed only six points in the first quarter, compared to 13 for Loomis.
In the second, Axtell’s defense shut the Wolves down, holding them to just six points, but the Cats struggled to take advantage, still sputtering on offense. They won the quarter 7-6, but missed multiple opportunities to pull closer. The teams went into the half with Loomis leading 19-13.
Both offenses struggled in the third quarter, with costly turnovers keeping the scoring low. Loomis managed to put up 10 points while holding Axtell to seven for the second quarter in a row. The Wildcats trailed 29-20 going into the final quarter of play.
Axtell’s defense seemed spent in the final quarter, as the Wolves were able to run their offense at will, killing valuable time off the clock with each possession. On the other end of the court, the Wolves again held Axtell under double digits for the quarter, opening up the lead with a 16-9 quarter, winning by a final score of 45-29.
Jordan Miller led Axtell with 13 points, and added six steals on the defensive end. Brandt Runge added five for the Wildcats.
Playing in their final basketball game for Axtell, senior Shafer Fox scored four points, Brandon Benson scored three and added nine rebounds to lead the team, and Dalton Bergstrom scored two and pulled in eight rebounds. The team will also lose senior Mark Lundeen, who did not score.
Axtell finishes their season with a record of 10-11. But the team was 3-7 after a January 7 loss to Alma and rallied to win seven of their last 11 games.
The team will rebuild for 2012-2013 with experienced underclassmen led by Miller, Runge and sophomore guard Jacob Jelden.
AXTELL – Jordan Miller 13, Brandt Runge 5, Shafer Fox 4, Brandon Benson 3, Trevor Myers 2, Dalton Bergstrom 2.
Axtell opened the Class D2-8 subdistrict with the second heart-stopping win over Arcadia in the past week, a 57-56 nail biter on February 20.
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