The Whiteoak Wildcats played in the championship round of the CNE Holiday Tournament on Friday, Dec. 30, where they stayed close with the Batavia Bulldogs but were unable to gain a second straight win.

Whiteoak let the third frame get away just a little and in the fourth managed to outscore the Bulldogs. That final quarter wasn’t enough, as the Wildcats lost to Batavia 41-38 at CNE High School.

WHS (1-8) led 9-7 after the first frame off three 3-pointers from the trio of Atlee Carr, Derrick Ison and Trever Yeager. Yeager led WHS with 15 points in the game, making a total of three 3-pointers. Carr followed with 11 points for the game and three 3-pointers of his own.

The second frame saw BHS outscored the Wildcats, 9-8 for a halftime score of 17-16 in favor of the Wildcats.

Batavia made the difference of the game in the third frame by outscoring the Wildcats, 14-8, but in the fourth, the Wildcats came back to win the final frame, 13-11.

In that fourth frame for WHS, Michael Crowe scored five points, including sinking a 3-pointer as he totaled six points in the game. Yeager made two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.

“You have to give credit to Batavia,” WHS head coach Jeremy McGraw said. “They are big and physical, and we struggled offensively because of that.

“Our kids played with a lot of heart. They are a really good team.”

For WHS, Crowe finished with six points, followed by Ison with three and Traeten Hamilton with two points for the game. WHS finished 4-of-9 from the free-throw line and totaled eight 3-pointers. The Wildcats also had five two-point baskets.

“Atlee Carr did a real nice job for us,” McGraw said. “He is getting better and doing the things we need him to do. Michael Crowe also did a real nice job for us. He had two big shots in the fourth that gave us an opportunity to tie or take the lead.”

Logan Richardson led BHS with 12 points, including one 3-pointer and finishing 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. Colin Sammons followed with 10 points. The Bulldogs ended the game 10-of-21 from the free-throw line and made one 3-pointer.

The Wildcats will play next on Friday, Jan. 6 when they host Manchester in Southern Hills Athletic Conference play at WHS.