Balance scoring gives Cats a win

EUREKA — Yates Center High’s boys put forth a pristine demonstration of unselfish play to open the 2009-10 season Friday.
Six Wildcat players scored, and all six registered between seven and 13 points as Yates Center rolled to a 60-35 win over host Eureka High.
“We were moving very well on offense and doing a good job of finding the open man,” said Yates Center head coach Jason Weilert, victorious in his Yates Center debut.
The team’s defense was effective throughout the contest as well.
Yates Center raced to a 15-6 lead after one period. Eureka kept pace until halftime with the Wildcats on top 31-22.
“We played very fast offensively in the first half — almost too fast,” Weilert said. “In the second half, we notched up our defense even more and we slowed it down on offense a little. The guys did a good job of looking for the openings, and that led to some easy baskets.”
Dalton Smith four Wildcats in double figures with 13 points, followed by Jake Morrison with 12, Dylan Sicka with 11 and Paul Stockebrand with 10. Cassidy George and Donald Bennett scored seven apiece.
For what it’s worth, Eureka also had a balanced scoring attack. Seth Spore, Tyler Spore, Braden Barrett and Billy Holcomb each scored six points for the Tornadoes.
Yates Center returns home Monday to host the preseason Wildcat Winter Classic. The Wildcats take on Altoona-Midway in the first round.

Yates Center (15-16-15-14—60) (FG/3pt): George 2-3-0-7, Sicka 4-3-1-11, Bennett 3-1-2-7, Morrison 3/1-3-1-12, Francis 0-0-1-0, STockebrand 3/1-1-0-10, Smith 5/1-0-2-13. TOTALS: 20/3-11-7-60.
Eureka (6-16-9-4—35) (FG/3pt): Moore 0-2-1-2, S. Spore 0/2-0-4-6, T. Spore 0/2-0-2-6, Frakes 1-0-0-2, Barrett 0/2-0-5-6, Boyer 1/1-0-0-5, Kuhn 0-2-1-2, Holcomb 3-0-1-6. TOTALS: 5/7-4-14-35.