Whiteoak's Trevor Yeager battles with players from Westfall Friday night.
 (Submitted photo)
Whiteoak's Trevor Yeager battles with players from Westfall Friday night. (Submitted photo)

The Whiteoak Wildcats came as close as a team can get to gaining a win on Friday night, but they fell on the road to the Westfall Mustangs Friday night in non-conference play by a 47-46 score.

In the loss, the score was close throughout the game for the Wildcats and Mustangs as Westfall were the leaders at the end of the first quarter by a 7-5 score.

That wasn’t the case once halftime arrived with Whiteoak having their best scoring quarter of the game with a 19-point output, while their defense played just as strong by holding the host Mustangs to five points. The first two quarters left Whiteoak in front by a 24-12 advantage.

The third frame was very close too, with Westfall winning the eight-minute span at 12-9 for a 33-24 lead held by the visiting Wildcats.

Then came the final frame, and though Whiteoak scored 13 points, it wasn’t enough offense with the Mustangs garnering a 23-point quarter to jump ahead for the one-point win over Whiteoak.

“We played so well 95 percent of this game and let it slip away the last two to three minutes,” Whiteoak head coach Blake Kibler said. “Westfall’s guards hit some big three-point shots, and we had some defensive breakdowns at the end.

“We are so close, and tonight was ours to lose. We will bounce back from this and stay the course.”

Whiteoak was led by Trever Yeager with 21 points. He totaled seven two-point baskets and was 7-of-12 from the free-throw line. He also built a double-double with 10 rebounds, while also collecting four assists and one steal.

“Trever Yeager played a tremendous game offensively and defensively,” Kibler said.

Also in double figures for the Wildcats was Zach Rand with 10 points (eight rebounds, one assist, one block, one steal).

Three Whiteoak players scored four points each in Charley Skinner (one rebound), Stephen Ross (three rebounds) and Michael Crowe (one rebounds, three assists and two steals). Rounding out the Whiteoak scoring was Brayden Yeager with two points, and Treaten Hamilton scored one point (one rebound, one steal, one block).

Also for the Wildcats, Atlee Carr had a rebound.

“When rebuilding, we’ve got to stay positive and honest with ourselves,” Kibler said. “We are one win away from getting this jump-started. We are going to change some things up and see how the kids respond.”


Whiteoak 41, Fayetteville 53 (Dec. 19)

The Whiteoak boys basketball team lost on Dec. 19 to the Fayetteville Rockets, 53-41 in SHAC play. The Wildcats had a tough first half as they were outscored 32-8, then in the second half they won the third frame at 12-9 and in the first they outscored the host Rockets, 21-12.

Trevor Yeager led the Wildcats with 16 points, followed by Treaton Hamilton with 12 points. Others to score for WHS in the loss were Michael Crowe with six points, Brayden Yeager with four points, while Zach Rand had two points and Stephen Ross scored one point.