Originally Published: January 4, 2019 10:11 p.m.
PRESCOTT — Coming off a 38-point road loss to region opponent Lee Williams on Thursday, the Badgers took to their home floor for the first time in 2019 on Friday; unfortunately, they met the same fate they did the night before, a loss.
The Estrella Foothills Wolves took control of the game from the very beginning, leading 21-5 after the first quarter, en route to a 66-32 victory.
“It’s growing pains,” head coach Travis Stedman said. “We can’t dig a hole like we did to start the game. If we make one of those first four baskets that rimmed out or the missed layup early, it’s 2-0, 0-0, in those situations, (it’s a different game). It’s those baskets that literally changed the complexion of the entire basketball game.”
As evident by the score, the Wolves jumped all over the Badgers, utilizing what seemed to be their two biggest advantages, their size and press. The Wolves used their size advantage with 6-foot-8 senior Shaun Wahlstrom to control the paint and secure more than a handful of offensive rebounds. Their ability to score and secure rebounds early allowed them to set their press, force turnovers and turn that into easy looks at the basket and easy points.
For Stedman, it wasn’t the press of the Wolves per se, but the lack of composure from the Badgers.
“All credit to them in that moment, however, that is nothing we haven’t seen all year and that’s not something we’re not going to see all year,” Stedman said. “That’s nothing out of the ordinary, we just didn’t attack it. We didn’t do a good job of using our composure and our skills to defeat what that was.” We made it look a lot better then it actually was, to be fair.”
The Wolves were led statistically by Wahlstrom who had 19 points to lead both teams, including 14 in the first half.
For Prescott, freshman Jason Parent was once again their leading scorer with 13, including two three-pointers, followed by Korey Schwartz who pitched in eight.
With the loss, Prescott remains winless at home this season, falling to 4-8 and maintaining a 1-3 region record. The next game for the Badgers will be against cross-town rival Bradshaw Mountain at home at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, where they will look to gain ground within the Grand Canyon Region and snap a four-game losing streak.
Estrella Foothills moves to 8-4 on the season, snapping a two-game losing streak in the process. The Wolves will take the court again at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, when they travel to play region foe Youngker, in only their second region game of the season.
Chris Whitcomb is a sports reporter for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter at @AZChris32. Email him at email@example.com, or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2031.