Bullpups defeat Wildcat boys

YATES CENTER — Tempo was the key for Yates Center High’s boys Friday.
The Wildcats were able to keep a handle and dictate the tempo through the first half against visiting Caney Valley.
But the Bullpups shifted gears in the second half, deploying a three-quarters court press that flummoxed the Wildcats.
The press triggered a 19-2 fourth-quarter run that erased 27-24 deficit and gave Caney Valley a 43-29 win.
The loss drops Yates Center’s record to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in Tri-Valley League play.
“We didn’t do a very good job of handling their press,” Wildcat head coach Jason Weilert said. “They controlled what we wanted to do from that point.”
The teams were knotted at 11-11 after one period,and Yates Center forged to a 19-17 halftime lead.
The Wildcats were able to maintain the small lead through the fourth quarter.
“We just didn’t do a good job of getting to the open spots against their zone,” Weilert said. “And in a game that slow-paced, a six-point lead was like 20. And we let things get away from us in the fourth quarter.”
Dalton Smith led Yates Center with nine points. Dylan Sicka added seven.
Gable LaForge scored a game-high 17 points to pace the Bullpups.
Yates Center resumes play Jan. 5 at home against Cherryvale.
Caney Valley won the junior varsity game 33-20. Brent Rice had six points for Yates Center.
Yates Center (11-8-8-2—29) (FG/3-pt): Sicka 2/1-0-0-7, Bennett 3-0-4-6, Morrison 1-0-4-2, Knoblock 1-0-3-2, Francis 0/1-0-0-3, Smith 4-1-4-9. TOTALS: 11/2-1-14-29.
Caney Valley (11-6-7-19—43) (FG/3-pt): Meek 0-0-1-0, Barlow 2-4-3-8, LaForge 3/3-2-2-17, Dick 2-0-0-4, Lambdin 1-0-1-2, Shamblin 2-0-0-4, Mullinax 1-0-1-2, Smith 3-0-4-6. TOTALS: 14/3-6-12-43.