The Southwest Christian School Wildcats (Beaverton, OR) took back some momentum for the stretch run of the high school basketball season on Tuesday night (Feb. 4) with a convincing 60-40 victory over visiting Open Door Christian Academy.
The win for the Wildcats avenged a 59-55 loss to the Open Door Huskies last month. It also moves Southwest Christian (9-5, 13-8) into sole possession of second place in the Valley 10 league standings, a half-game ahead of idle Portland Lutheran (8-5, 13-7). Those two schools will meet on Feb. 10 at Portland Lutheran School.
The Wildcats used their ball-hawking defense to break open a close game in the second quarter of Tuesday night’s game. The score was tied at 9 after one stanza, and Southwest Christian forged ahead on a three point shot by sophomore guard, Chris Martin to put them up 18-14.
The lead swelled to eight points moments later on another Martin three ball, who tallied six of his 11 points in the second quarter, giving the Wildcats a 25-17 lead. That sparked an 8-0 where senior post, Connor Stephenson knocked down a long range jump shot for three of his game high 14 points, as did junior Trevor Osswald. Southwest Christian saw their lead grow as much as 13 points at 30-17. They settled for 31-19 lead heading into recess, outscoring the Huskies 17-5 over the last three minutes and change in the first half.
The Wildcats grew their lead by seven points in the third quarter, outscoring Open Door Christian 13-6. Senior Post, Ben Young scored four of his 13 points in the stanza to help his team push the lead to 44-25 heading to the final quarter.
Open Door Christian did their best to get back in the game with their most even scoring quarter of the contest since the opening eight minutes. Mitch Ford led the Huskies in the final quarter with six of his eight points, including going two for three from the free throw line. Andrew Keller added three points in the final stanza, all from the charity stripe. He and Wyatt Redfern paced the Huskies with 11 points each.
Stephenson helped his Wildcats withstand the late charge, scoring seven points in the fourth quarter to pace Southwest Christian, helping them better the Huskies 16-15 in the final eight minutes of play.
The next home game for Southwest Christian will be next Tuesday night, Feb. 11 when they host the fifth-ranked school in the State, Columbia Christian (14-0, 18-5) out of Northeast Portland, with tip-off scheduled for 7:30pm.