Badgers Beat Simms, Take First Loss of Season at GFCC


Ketochi photo by Kodiann Lynn

Cascade eighth-grader Chase LeVeque looks to make a pass in the Badgers' recent win over Vaughn.

Trayden Tait, Staff Writer

The Cascade Badgers junior high boys’ basketball team Badgers faced Simms at home this past Friday and traveled to Great Falls Central Catholic on Saturday.

The Badgers started the weekend on a positive note with a 50-17 victory over the Simms Tigers. Eighth graders James Lewis and Ricky Day led the scoring effort against the Tigers with 19 and 12 points, respectively.

The Badgers started the game out hot throughout the first half and had a 17-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.  A massive 18-2 second-quarter spurt led to a 35-10 Cascade advantage at halftime.

The Badgers would slow down a lot in the final two quarters, but they held their opponents to only seven points during that time. The win set the Badgers record at 5-0 and ready to face Great Falls Central, a team who also owned a 5-0 record.

It has been said that you learn more from losing than you ever can from winning.

The Badgers learned a lot about themselves and what they need to do to beat tough opponents on Saturday. They lost to the Great Falls Central Mustangs 62-33. The scoring leaders in this game for the Badgers were Trayden Tait and Lewis. Lewis had 14, and Tait added eight.

The Badgers started the game off with way too many turnovers, and sloppy offense. This led to a 13-2 lead for the Mustangs at the end of the first quarter.

Much of the same continued for the Badgers in the second quarter, and they were losing 28-17 at halftime.

The Badgers talked about what they were doing wrong in the locker room at halftime, but sadly, they did not execute on it. The Mustangs had a huge third quarter, in which they outscored the Badgers 27-11 for a third-quarter score of 55-28.

In the fourth quarter, both teams slowed down, and the final score was 62-33. The Badgers will look to have a better game against Central if they play them again in the tournament.

The Badgers will play against the Foothills Falcons at MSDB at 4:00 PM on Friday and Great Falls Homeschool at The Great Falls Rec Center at 12:00 PM on Saturday.