By CRAIG HALL
WISTER—Cameron’s boys survived and Wister’s girls thrived in a matchup of county teams here Tuesday night.
In the second game, Cameron built a big lead before having to survive two shots at the buzzer to win, 46-45, while Wister’s girls were in control throughout in a 56-24 victory.
Wister had two shots to win at the end. On an inbound play, Cody Luman missed from the corner with just under three seconds left, but Clint Crane got the rebound and he tossed up a shot as the buzzer sounded. Both shots hit the rim and bounced away, letting the Jackets escape in a battle of two of the better small schools in the county.
Cameron played almost perfect basketball for the first two quarters and the first part of the third period. The Jackets had built up an 18-point lead and doubled Wister’s scoring after an 8-0 run to start the third quarter to lead, 34-16.
The Jackets played excellent defense, took control of the ball and slowed the tempo down.
But just when it looked like the game was about to be a blowout, Wister made some adjustments and quickly went on a 11-1 run as Cameron started having problems handling the ball and the lead dropped to eight points.
Luman, who torched the Jackets for 25 points with 20 coming in the second half, hit a three with 35 seconds left to cut the margin to one point.
That set the stage for the wild final. After Cameron missed a free throw and a follow shot, Wister got the ball back and had a chance to finish off the big comeback.
Wister threw the ball away, but it went off a Cameron defender. After a time out, the Wildcats got the ball to Luman, but his shot bounced away and into the hands of Crane, who threw up an off-balance shot as the buzzer sounded.
The shot was off and Cameron came away with the win to stay undefeated.
Cameron, now 3-0, only had four players score, but three Jackets were in double figures. Ryan Carter had 16 points, Justin Cox added 13 and Kenny Whitehead contributed 10.
Along with Luman’s 25 points, Tyler Gibson added 11 for the Wildcats.
The first game had none of the suspense of the nightcap.
Cameron jumped ahead 3-0 in the opening minutes, but Wister dominated the rest of the contest.
The Lady Wildcats built a 12-point lead at the end of the first quarter and increased the margin to 17 at halftime.
Clara Brown led Wister, now 2-3, with 11 points while Kayla Newton added 10 as 10 Lady Wildcats scored in the contest.
Kacey McGee paced Cameron with 10 points.