Published On: Thu, Dec 6th, 2007

Wildcat rally stops Bulldogs

Hartington — The Hartington Wildcats fell behind early and trailed for three quarters in their matchup with the Coleridge Bulldogs in basketball action Tuesday but were able to put together a big 24-11 run in the fourth period to steal the 52-43 win.
The win improves the Cats’ record to 2-1 on the season.

“We knew coming in Coleridge would play hard and we got outhustled in the first half but we got momentum on our side in the second half and played better at both ends,” said Hartington Coach Tim Manzer.
Phil Wiebelhaus lead the Wildcats attack with 15 points 9 of which came during the fourth quarter rally. Wes Fleming would also earn double figures with his 10 point effort.
Coleridge’s Tyler Hefner would take scoring honors for the game with 18 points and Brandon Ebberson would work the inside game for 12 points to lead the Bulldogs.
Coleridge opened the game with a rush. Tyler Hefner led his team with a nine-point scoring burst and Brandon Ebberson scored six points as the Bulldogs raced to a 15-5 advantage.
In the second quarter Colten Benson hit a pair of field goals and Hartington was able to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 24-17 at the half.
Tyler Hefner hit a pair of field goals to open the second half, but Wes Fleming stepped up with six points for the Wildcats and Hartington continued to whittle away at the Bulldog lead and only trailed by four points — 32-28 going into the final quarter.
In the final period, Phil Wiebelhaus got the hot hand as he hit a trio of fieldgoals and scored nine points. That and four points each from Austin Driver, Colten Benson, and Caleb Lammers resulted in a 24-11 run that gave the Wildcats the 52-43 win.
“We can play better and will need to with Allen and Wakefield coming up,” said Manzer.

Hartington     5    12    11    24—52
Coleridge    15     9     8    11—43

Hartington  Coleridge
FG    18    17
3PT    1    0
FT    1-26    9-16

Hartington- Phil Wiebelhaus 15, Wes Fleming 10, Colten Benson 8, Caleb Lammers 8, Miles Metheny 5, Austin Driver 4, Travis Wortmann 2.
Coleridge- Tyler Hefner, Brandon Ebberson 12, Seth Schroeder 6,
Craig Colwell 2, Jamie Huss 2, Alex Brodersen.