Boys bounce back from loss
The Wildcat boys' basketball team recovered from a sluggish effort in a 47-44 loss at Menomonie Friday, Jan. 18 to beat Tomah, 69-44, less than 24 hours later at the Meyer Middle School gym.
River Falls shot just 42 percent from the field at Menomonie, making just 3-of-10 three point attempts, and 5-of-11 free throws, while slipping into third place in the Big Rivers Conference standings with a mark of 4-3.
The Wildcats came out Saturday, Jan. 19, and jumped out to a 21-13 first quarter lead over Tomah on their way to improving to 8-4 overall.
Luke Murphy had the hot hand in Saturday's victory, pouring in 32 points in addition to pulling down a team-high seven rebounds and leading the Cats with four assists.
Brad Freeborn added 13 points and Tanner Heinselman chipped in with 10, including three three-pointers, as the Wildcats built a 41-30 halftime lead on their way to the 25-point victory.
Alex Call contributed five points and Eric Wunrow had four points, six rebounds and four assists, while DeMarcus Zeroth scored two points and Sam Lenzen, Reed Blasius and Kyle Duex each added a free throw.
One night earlier in Menomonie, the Wildcats scored just four first quarter points and trailed by five, 20-15 at the break. Menomonie outscored the Wildcats by seven in the third quarter to widen the gap to 37-25 before River Falls' fourth quarter surge came up just short.
Murphy led River Falls with 19 points and Freeborn finished with 10 while Wunrow added six and Call finished with four. Blasius added a three-pointer and Sam Barr had a bucket to round out the River Falls' scoring.
Murphy, Wunrow and Heinselman each pulled down four rebounds.
The Wildcats travel to Rice Lake to take on the BRC-leading Warriors (12-3, 7-0) this Friday, Jan. 25. They return home to host Eau Claire Memorial (7-8, 3-3) Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m.