Wildcats, Prospect play close game for Pack the Place

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor

With a final score of 55-54, Prospect, the varsity boys basketball team played a close game at the Pack the Place game on Feb. 1.  The action between both teams heated up intensely in the last quarter.
“I thought it was great.  There were a lot of fans there.  Even though we didn’t win, it was still an exciting atmosphere,” Jeremy Stephani, junior, said.  “I was proud of the way we played.  We outplayed them most of the game, although I thought the way it ended was unfortunate.”
At the end of the first quarter, Prospect had the lead, 10-7.  However, in the second quarter, the Wildcats started overtaking Prospect.  By the end of the first half, the Wildcats had the lead, 18-16.
“I think some highlights were right after halftime, we had a lot of energy and brought the lead up to 13 points,” Chris Pierro, junior said.
The Wildcats had a lead of 13 points at the end of the third quarter.  The score was 36-23, WHS, right after Nate Majkowski, senior, scored a three-pointer at the buzzer at the end of the quarter.
Prospect started catching up during fourth quarter, when both teams kept on scoring back and forth.  In the last minute, WHS still had the lead, 54-52.  However, at the buzzer, Prospect scored a three-pointer, causing them to win, 55-54.
“We came out and we really took it for Prospect, but in the end, they had a shot that really killed it for us,” Pierro said.  “I was upset since we were up in the whole game to the best team in conference, and when they won with the final shot, I was upset about it.”
According to Pierro and Stephani, the team has been playing much better lately than they did at the beginning of the season.
“We started off not too well, but lately in the last month, we’ve been doing really well.  We almost tripled the total wins from last year,” Pierro said.