De Soto stars split load in win
Hunter Noe took over in the second half Monday where Danny Brown left off at halftime in sparking the De Soto boys to a 53-42 win over Wellsville at De Soto.
The win raised De Soto's Frontier League record to 3-2 and marked the first time the Wildcats found themselves in the win column in more than two weeks. With the triumph, De Soto snapped a five-game losing skid.
"We had a really good time tonight in a tight game," De Soto coach Jason Generally said. "We had a good time playing a high school basketball game on a Monday night. And that's the way that it should be."
Noe was scoreless in the first half mainly because he had to ride the bench after picking up his second foul. Brown, on the other hand, was having his way with the Eagles and scored 13 of his game-high 17 points in the first 16 minutes.
A role reversal occurred in the second half when Noe scored 13 points and Brown added just four more to his line.
"Hunter energized us in the second half, and he kept us going," Generally said. "After sitting most of the first half, he came out ready to go in the second."
The Wildcats did have to play without Brown for a portion of the third quarter and all of the fourth period after the team's leading scorer was whistled for a technical foul late in the third quarter.
A team rule forced Brown to sit for the remainder of the game after the senior got caught up in the heat of the moment.
Although Brown and Noe led the team in scoring, everybody on the team had their hand in the win, Generally said. He was especially partial to the defensive effort of Colby Childers.
"He had a hand on a lot of balls for us," Generally said. "He was very active, and when he plays at that pace the rest of the team follows his efforts. When he's bouncing on his toes, he gets us going."
De Soto limited a 31-18 lead in the third quarter but was unable to put the stingy Eagles away. Wellsville rallied on several occasions to stay within striking distance. The Eagles cut the 13-point deficit to 35-26 going into the final period.
Wellsville then made another run to cut the deficit to four points. But the Wildcats fired back to build their advantage back up to double digits.
"They made a run at us in the fourth period," Generally said. "But the kids responded well and shut it down."
Besides the double-digit efforts of Brown and Noe, Brett Maasen and Taylor Burnett chipped in nine and seven points, respectively, for the Wildcats. Childers added six.
Three Wildcats scored in double figures Friday when De Soto dropped a 69-53 conference decision to Baldwin. Brown and Burnett led De Soto with 17 points, and Noe added 13.