Badgers Finish Regular Season with 7-1 Mark


Ketochi photo by Kodiann Lynn

Cascade eighth grader Nathan Gatch works for position in the Badgers' win over Vaughn earlier this season.

Trayden Tait, Staff Writer

The Cascade Badgers junior high boys’ basketball team finished its regular season with wins over Foothills and Great Falls Homeschool for a record of 7-1.

The first game of the weekend was on Friday against the Foothills Falcons. This game was a little too close for comfort, but the Badgers pulled out the 41-36 win. Eighth graders James Lewis and Trayden Tait combined for 36 of the team’s points. Lewis had 19 and Tait had 17.

Cascade let the Falcons climb out to an early 11-7 lead in the first quarter, but they quickly climbed back in and established a strong lead heading into halftime. They ended the half up 27-19.

The Falcons took really good care of the ball in the second half, and the Badgers couldn’t create turnovers to get out on the fast break. This slowed the game down a lot, and the third quarter would end with the Badgers up 33-28.

Cascade maintained their five-point lead through the fourth, and they didn’t let Foothills make any runs at it. The Badgers outscored Foothills by one point in the fourth quarter, and they ended the game with a final score of 41-35. This game moved the Badgers record to 6-1 before they faced the Great Falls Homeschool Bulldogs on Saturday.

The Badgers played the Bulldogs the day after their victory over Foothills and left no chance for Homeschool to win.  Cascade finished the game with a 45-20 win. Lewis and Tait again led the team in scoring with 15 and 12, respectively. Lewis also pulled down 11 boards.

Cascade came out of the gates firing, ending the first quarter up 17-4.  In the second quarter, the Badgers outscored the Bulldogs 14-5 to take a 31-9 lead at the half and never looked back.

The District 10-C tournament will take place this weekend in Fairfield.  Cascade enters the tournament as the No. 3 seed and will face the winner of Sunburst and Power.  The Badgers’ first game will be Thursday night at 6 p.m.