Basketball teams open year with big wins

Frederic Hewitt, Sports Editor

Basketball season has officially started for most leagues, including our very own Madison College WolfPack.  Parents were honored at the game on Wednesday, Nov. 5, which marked both the men and women’s debut of the 2014-15 season.

The women’s team was impressive against Fox Valley, winning by a 32-point margin.  Taylor Nelson was the key player for the women’s team, recording 18 points, 6 total rebounds, 7 assists, and 5 steals.

The first half was a tight contest from both teams, but the WolfPack ended the first 20 minutes of play with a 40-32 lead.  After six ties and two lead changes, the WolfPack finished the game with a 86-54 point win.

The team had four players who scored in double figures, and an impressive 49 points coming off the bench.  Jenna Endres added 14 points, Sydney Harms had 13 and Taylor Strand scored 12.

The women’s team showed that they have a lot of depth and will be a tough matchup.  They forced 23 turnovers, translating into 24 points.  Ultimately, this game showed a lot of promise for this season and hopefully they can continue the momentum in their upcoming games.

The men’s basketball team also started off the season right, with an emphatic 93-61 win against Fox Valley Technical College.

Jarrod Walton had an impressive 28-minute outing with 15 points, 5 total rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks, and 6 steals.

The team caused 28 turnovers, which resulted in 31 points.  The team also shot 43 percent from the field, 85 percent from the free throw line, and outrebounded Fox Valley, 52-39.

Six players recorded double-digit point totals, with a total of 38 points coming off the bench. Joining walton in double figures were Antowan Epps with 13 points, Tanner Schieve with 12 points, Kris Seffrood with 11 points, Kendale Nation with 11 points, and Simeon Pooler 10 points.

Overall this was a spectacular performance, and will hopefully be indicative of how the rest of the season will be.