“I thought we played very clean,” Wildcats’ head coach Chris Randall said. “We only had four turnovers in the first half. Shot selection was very good. We were very unselfish. When you do that, you’ve got a bunch of guys who don’t care who gets the credit. We just want to win.”
White Plains (4-2) put the game out of reach in first quarter. After trailing 7-4 in early, the Wildcats went on a 15-4 run to end the quarter leading 19-11.
It was all White Plains from that point on. The Wildcat offense was clicking on all cylinders and stretched their lead to 40-20 at the half.
They held the Raiders to just 16 second-half points. Randall said the Wildcats take pride in their tough defense.
“Tonight it seems like we took really good angles,” he said. “We ere in the right spot the whole night. We took a couple of charges. We did a real good job of boxing out.”
Every player scored for the Wildcats. They were led by Hunter Wheeler with 16 and Dillion Greenwood with 12.
Pleasant Valley fell to 1-6 with the loss. Head coach Ronnie Preston said he liked how a couple of his players “worked real hard around the basket,” but the amount of turnovers proved too much to overcome.
“We’ve got to cut down on our turnovers,” he said. “I think we’ll be alright. We’re going to work through it. They’re hard workers. They’re going to persevere.”
White Plains girls 39, Pleasant Valley 37: The Lady Wildcats did not fair as well offensively as the boys’ team.
They did leave the game with one more in the win column after a win over Pleasant Valley.
After leading the Raiders 34-30 entering the fourth quarter, the Lady Wildcats surrendered seven unanswered points to trail 37-34.
Sophia Taylor hit a game-tying 3-point shot after a Raiders turnover.
With less than a minute remaining, freshman guard Shelby Wood went to the free throw line and made two shots to give White Plains the lead.
Pleasant Valley struggled to get off a shot as time expired.
“Our point guards have got to be able to knock down free throws,” head coach Michael Merriman said. “They’re going to have the ball in her hands a lot of times when it’s down the stretch. She can make those shots. She’s a good player.”
Wood said she was not nervous shooting free-throws with the game on the line.
“I knew it was going to go in,” Wood said. “We have to hit five (free-throws) to go home everyday — in a row.”
Wood only scored five points. All five of them came from free throws.
White Plains returns to action Friday at Weaver. Pleasant Valley plays again Tuesday at Woodland.