Cats lose to Piper 62-38
Marcus Carr scored just three points in the fourth period in Piper's 62-38 Kaw Valley League win over De Soto last Friday. But then again he didn't have to score much, as it was his defense that made the difference.
Carr's defense and 0-for-10 fourth-quarter shooting from the field by the Wildcats were all Piper needed to secure the win.
Actually, the Pirates scored the winning points in the third period when Mike Simmons grabbed an offensive rebound and got the putback, giving Piper a meager 40-38 lead with 22 seconds left in the period. The Pirates then scored the final 22 points of the game.
"Ryan (Brown) got hurt, and that really hurt us handling the ball," De Soto coach Jason Generally said of his team's inability to get anything going offensively in the final frame. "We just had a rash of turnovers without him in there. One mistake turned into 10."
De Soto didn't have an answer to Carr, who used his quick hands and quick feet to help the Pirates force 11 De Soto turnovers in the final eight minutes. Three of the Wildcat turnovers were caused by Carr.
Five of the Pirates 20 fourth period points came as a direct result of Carr's tenacity.
Damian Young scored, putting Piper up 47-38 after Carr got his first steal and found him open under the basket.
On his second steal, Carr was driving to the basket but was fouled. He connected on one of his two free throws, giving Piper a 50-38 advantage with 6:01 left in the game.
Carr was again fouled on a third steal, but this time he made the layup and missed the free throw, putting his team up by 14 with just less than five minutes remaining in the game.
"He completely dismantled us defensively," Generally said of Carr. "He's just one heck of a player."
Piper then scored the final 10 points during the second half of the fourth period, securing the conference win.
De Soto also fell behind in the opening period but had an answer for that run.
After Danny Brown gave De Soto its first of two leads by opening the game with a jumper just 21 seconds into the game, the Pirates scored 11-straight points, going up 11-2 with 4:50 left in the opening eight minutes.
The Pirates opened up a 17-6 advantage, their biggest lead of the first half, on a steal and layup by Daniel Rezin, but saw the Wildcats stage a come back.
Danny Brown scored on a layup and an offensive rebound and put-back, and Hunter Noe scored on an assist by Ryan Brown, cutting the deficit to 19-12 going into the second period.
Ryan Brown opened the second frame by finding Danny Brown streaking toward the basket. Brown added the ensuing free throw following the foul, cutting the gap to four.
After the Pirates took a 24-22 lead, Ryan Brown found Michael Allen all by himself for the tying basket with 37 seconds left in the half.
A three-pointer by Rezin at the buzzer gave Piper a 27-24 lead at intermission.
Pete Crall scored all seven of his points in the third period, and Danny Brown added another seven as the Wildcats kept the game close.
Danny Brown gave De Soto its final lead of the game, at 32-30, when he drilled a three-pointer with 5:10 left in the period.
There were four lead changes and three ties in the period.
De Soto connected on 16-of-43 (37.2 percent) field goals for the game and made just four-of-seven (57.1 percent) free throws.
The Pirates out-rebounded De Soto 31-26, and turned the ball over just 16 times compared to 24 for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats let a Kaw Valley win slip through their fingertips Tuesday when they traveled to Santa Fe Trail. The 45-42 loss dropped De Soto's record to 2-10.
Ryan Brown led a balanced Wildcat attack with 10 points. Danny Brown and Pete Crall contributed nine points each, and Josh Arnold chipped in six points.
Despite the losses, Generally remained upbeat about the progress of his team.
"A lot of teams are ready to tank the season about this time of year," Generally said. "But we're excited to go into practice tomorrow. We haven't played poorly the past six games and believe we can beat anybody."
The Wildcats play Piper Friday at 8:30 p.m. at De Soto.