From top to bottom, the Aurora Houn Dawgs’ basketball team was on the same page Tuesday night.
For four quarters the Houn Dawgs got down to business, dominated in all phases of the game and defeated Neosho 67-32 at Neosho High School.
While the Houn Dawgs were on the hunt from the opening tip, the Wildcats approached the game as if they were the prey, according to coach Jason Horn.
“We just, we backed down early,” Wildcats coach Jason Horn said. “They took the game to us, took the fight to us and we were timid like young kids will do. (Our players) have got to start showing some confidence in themselves.
“This doesn’t do any good for me for Coach Chaney or Coach Daugherty to tell them that they can play or make shots, or that they’re good, if they don’t go do it. Right now it’s just a lack of confidence and getting a little scared when you see the person across from you.”
The Wildcats (0-7) missed a chance to make a game of it early on when freshman guard Brett Williams buried a 3-pointer to cut Aurora’s lead to 12-9 midway through the first quarter. Rather than using that spark to light the fuse, the Wildcats let it burn out as the Houn Dawgs went on a 12-2 run to close the quarter and make it 24-11 after one period.
Garrett Bader was the key piece to the Houn Dawgs’ success in that quarter as he amassed 11 of his game-high 22 points in that frame.
Things went smoother for the Wildcats in the second quarter as they slowed Aurora’s attack, but still trailed 37-21 at the half. A 10-0 run in the third quarter was the back-breaker, however, as the Houn Dawgs outscored the Wildcats 19-6 in that frame to go up 56-27.
Corey Gregory followed Bader’s performance with 14 points of his own while Jordan Fronbarger pitched in 11, Clayton Summers nine, Logan Bader five, Andrew Parker four and Chad Hughes two.
The Wildcats had some success from long-range on Tuesday as five of their 10 field goals came from three-point range. Preston Johnson hit two of those three’s and finished with six points, tying for the team lead with Andy Lett and Williams. Lukas Werneke pitched in five points while Darrian Guillory added three, Kaden Roy and Caden Hendricks two and Chris Paullus and Justin McKee one each.
The Wildcats entertain Pittsburg (Kan.) at 6 p.m. Thursday.